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Transcripts and photocopies of letters written by Mandela from Robben Island, 1969-1980

MS. Sampson dep. 119
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

From a bundle entitled 'Mandela '64 – '86, Robben 1 (internal)'. Includes:

  1. photocopy of a printed transcript of a letter to the Ministry of Justice, Cape Town, asking for the release of political prisoners on Robben Island and, pending a decision on the matter, treatment for them as political prisoners, 22 Apr. 1969
  2. photocopy of a transcript of a letter to the Commissioner of Prisons, Pretoria, complaining about conditions in the prison, including assaults on prisoners by staff, Jan. 1970, typescript
  3. photocopies of transcripts of letters to 'Reggie' [Oliver Tambo] reporting events in the prison and discussions among the prisoners, [c.1978], typescript
  4. photocopies of letters to 'Reggie' [Oliver Tambo] and 'Matlala' [Adelaide Tambo], the former regarding an attack on ANC quarters in Mozambique and the reported arrest of a senior Soviet spy, Major Alexei Kolsov, and the latter regarding photographs of the Tambo family sent to Mandela, [1980]
  5. photocopies of letters and transcripts of letters of condolence, [c.1978-1980], manuscript and typescript
  6. photocopies of letters and transcripts of letters of thanks for honours and birthday messages, 1980 and n.d. [c.1978-1980], typescript


  • Creation: 1969-1980


1 folder

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Sampson dep. 119

Repository Details

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Weston Library
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