Subseries NMPP-PC-2009/6 - Donald Card Collection

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Donald Card Collection


  • 1969-02-04 - 1971-04-01 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

2 hard cover exercise books; 1 box 2 files

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Name of creator

(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

Biographical history

Archival history

The notebooks were confiscated from Nelson Mandela's cell on Robben Island and sent to Donald Card, a former policeman. He kept them at his home, and in September 2004 he handed them over to Mandela. Mandela then deposited it with the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

NMPP 2009/6

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Scope and content

Two hardcover exercise books containing handwritten drafts of letters from Nelson Mandela to family, friends, and the authorities; and 1 loose sheet with record of family visits.

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Conditions governing access

Restricted. Access by appointment

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Language of material

  • Afrikaans
  • English

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Finding aids

Finding Aid available: NMF_LIB-#200040-v1-Finding_Aid_-_NMPP_2009_6_Prison_collection_-_Donald_Card.doc

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Collection has been digitised by NMCM

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ZA COM NMPP 2009/5.1
ZA COM NMPP-PC-2009/5.2

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Donald Card was in possession of these books from about 1971 until 2004 see A Prisoner in the Garden, pp 97-116.

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