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'Mandela, Pollsmoor 82-5 (Internal)', photocopies and transcripts of letters written by and relating to Mandela, copies of press and journal articles, and other papers relating to Mandela's time in Pollsmoor Prison and South African politics between 1982 and 1986, 1966-[c.1997]

MS. Sampson dep. 125
Held at the Weston Library

  • Request

From a bundle entitled 'Mandela 82-89, Pollsmoor + V Verster'. Includes:

  1. photocopy of a letter from Mandela to Fatima Meer concerning his health, his daughter, Maki's, education, and other matters, 29 June 1983
  2. photocopy of an account of a 'Visit to Nelson Mandela at Pollsmoor Prison, Cape Town, Saturday August 18, 1984' by Benjamin Pogrund, editor of the Rand Daily Mail, September 1984, typescript
  3. photocopy of a letter from Mandela to Ismail Meer concerning the death of Indira Gandhi, 29 January 1985
  4. photocopy of a letter from Mandela to 'Matlala' [Adelaide Tambo] concerning her own health and that of 'Reggie' [Oliver Tambo], the unity of 'the family' [the ANC] and other matters, 25 February 1985
  5. photocopy of a letter from Mandela to Fatima Meer concerning his reminiscences about the Transkei, friends, family and the political situation there, and referrring to the breakdown of his marriage to his first wife, Evelyn [Mase], and his relationship with his nephew, Kaiser Matanzima, first President of the independent republic of the Transkei, and other matters, 25 February 1985
  6. photocopies of transcripts of extracts from letters from [Ahmed Kathrada] to various correspondents, relating to events in Pollsmoor, his fellow-prisoners and other matters, possibly compiled for publication in Robert Vassen (ed.) Letters from Robben Island: A Selection of Ahmed Kathrada's Prison Correspondence (USA: Michigan State University Press, 1999), 1985, typescript
  7. notes taken by Sampson from letters written by Mandela between February 1983 and September 1986, [c.1997]


  • Creation: 1966-[c.1997]


1 folder

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Sampson dep. 125

Repository Details

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