The Mandela archive is fragmented and scattered all over the world in various places. Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory does not seek to gather all of this under its roof. Instead, the focus is to document where it is and to enter into partnerships to ensure that it is preserved and accessible. However, a small amount has been collected since the establishment of the Centre of Memory in 2004, which has been categorised into the below archive groups and special collections. As these records and collections are organised and processed, the finding aids to them will be made available. This is a work in progress and we would like to hear from you if you have additional information to support our collections work.

PLEASE NOTE: The vast majority of photographs, audio and video footage on Mandela is NOT held by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and therefore the NMF cannot supply these to
third parties. For more information see document on sources.

Archive groups

Records from the Office of Nelson Mandela (his office at the NMF)
Nelson Mandela’s personal archives
Nelson Mandela Associated Papers - Records of organisations and individuals related to the life and times of Nelson Mandela

Records of the Nelson Mandela Foundation

46664 records – these are mainly the recordings of the various concerts and some organisational records
Nelson Mandela Gifts Collection – gifts received by Mr Mandela mainly from 1999 onwards
Nelson Mandela Awards Collections – awards received by Mr Mandela mainly after 1999

Special collections

The Photograph Collection
The Sound and Video Collection
The Poster Collection
The Ephemera Collection

The Reference Collection

Anthony Sampson
Foreign language books
Autograph books
Reference books
Audiovisual autograph books
Audiovisual references
Audiovisual tributes

Mandela Resources

Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives
Mandela Materials
Reference Library
Rivonia Trial
Mandela Personal Library