Friday, 6 January 2012

ANC Centenary

It is one hundred years since the African National Congress was founded, On January 8th 1912, chiefs, representatives of people`s and church organisations, and other prominent individuals gathered in Bloemfontein and formed the South African Native National Congress (SANNC), later named the African National Congress (1923). The ANC declared its aim to bring all Africans together as one people to defend their rights and freedoms.

The ANC has a website showcasing their history and events taking place as part of the celebrations.

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies has a wide range of material on and published by the ANC, as well as other important groups who were part of the South African liberation struggle. The collection includes material catalogued as part of our political pamphlets project, and the library holds over 400 individual titles published by the ANC, including newsletters and journals as well as pamphlets, leaflets, manifestos, etc.

Archive collections include a specific collection of material from the ANC and Indian organisations in South Africa (in both print and microfilm), the Mandela Trials papers, as well as papers of activists including Ruth FirstMary BensonRuth Hayman, Marion Friedmann , Baruch Hirson, Tim Matthews, Z K Matthews, Josie Palmer.

The archive collection also includes Ralph Johnson Bunche's account of the Silver Anniversary meeting of the African National Congress in Bloemfontein in December 1937

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