The Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) is a non-profit organisation focused on memory, dialogue and legacy work, founded by Nelson Mandela in 1999. We are the custodian of his life and times; we are a committed facilitator of his living legacy; and we are mandated to promote his lifelong vision of freedom and equality for all.

Part of the preservation and advancement of Madiba’s legacy and making this legacy available to the world is the provision and ongoing preservation of its extensive archive collection materials.

The archival record relating to Nelson Mandela is infinite, fragmentary and scattered, both geographically and institutionally throughout the world, making it almost impossible to physically locate. The imperative, therefore, is to document this vast resource, facilitate access to it, and promote its preservation and use.

The collections, series and and archival contained within this Access to Memory (AtoM) instance is an effort to capture both local and international repositories as well as to describe the collections we hold here at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory.

These resources are works in progress and will be added to as additional information is received. Please contact us if you are aware of other resources we have not yet identified.

The goal is to provide an easy to use, multilingual application that is fully web based and will allow institutions to make their archival collections available online.