Mandela Archive to go Online

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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