Mandela’s chief archivist, Verne Harris, this week said the team of experts from Google would arrive this month to offer their expertise on how to digitise a treasure of documents linked to the former president.
Mandela, a prolific letter-writer, produced a mass of personal documents, now kept at the Nelson Mandela Foundation headquarters in Houghton, Johannesburg. A large collection of Mandela’s public documents – including letters he wrote and received while in jail on Robben Island – are stored in the SA National Archives in Pretoria.
Many of the documents are in poor condition, which prompted discussion in recent years on digitising the entire collection – an exercise that involves scanning each document with high-tech equipment.
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