UNIVERSITY OF FORT HARE

UNIVERSITY LIBRARY

ANC ARCHIVES

SYVIA NEAME PAPERS , (Code:NMP )

RECORDS, 1960-1994

(bulk dates, 1968-1989 )

13 Boxes (1.4 linear meters)

ACQUISITION: ANC Archive Committee

ACCESS: The collection is open.

PHOTOGRAPHS: None

VISUAL MATERIAL: None

AUDIO MATERIAL: None

PRINTED MATERIAL: In boxes 0008

COPYRIGHT: ANC Archive Committee

PROCESSED BY: Arrangement and description done by Mosoabuli Maamoe, November 2001

REVISED BY : Africa Media Online (Kulu Mushaka), October 2017

 

Historical background on Sylvia Neame Papers

The Papers of Sylvia Neame are the private papers of this activist, who has lived most of her life in the struggle against apartheid. She was imprisoned and tortured in the early sixties. On her release she was banned. Like others, she was forced into exile where she continued that struggle. Her battlefield became the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Apart from political activism, she pursued her studies and attained a Doctorate on the history of the Industrial and Commercial Union (ICU).
During her stay in the German Democratic Republic she was involved in political activities in promoting various campaigns against apartheid South Africa. It was during the course of these endeavours that she managed to accumulate and safeguard the records of events she was actively involved in. After 1994, when the new dispensation unfolded in South Africa, persuaded by Sadie Forman, also a veteran of the struggle to donate her papers to the University of Fort Hare.

Sylvia Neame’s papers form part of other donations already at Fort Hare from liberation movements and individual activists.

 

Scope and Content Note

Sylvia Neame Papers comprised of 1.35 linear meters and five series: Correspondence, Papers, Subject Files, Publications, and Press Cuttings.

The Correspondence series (.9 linear metres) covers the years 1973-1993. The series reflects communication channels among members of the ANC on various issues of political, educational, etc., nature.

The Papers series (.9 linear metres) spans the years 1968-1983. The files contain information on a wide range of political topics on South Africa and the Developing countries: the role of youth, students, and trade union in political struggle; the transformation and the role of the Freedom Charter in South Africa.

The Subject Files series (.63 linear metres) spans the years 1968-1989. The series document events, activities and functions of the ANC at various levels. These are contained in addresses, conferences, seminars, interviews featuring the late Oliver Reginald Tambo, the then ANC President, and other high-ranking ANC officials. Other files contain ANC statements and messages on the situation in the country, neighbouring states and solidarity activities. Of these are documents on the death of its activists committed by apartheid regime; espionage; political activism, affairs the ANC students abroad, etc.

The Publication series (.27 linear metres) includes ANC, South African and international magazines and periodicals capturing events in the country from various political perspectives: History of the ANC, Ikwezi, a journal of South African Political analysis, Liberation Support Movement, South Africa on Trial: Revonia Case. Some of these publications are very important indeed because they are not available anywhere anymore.

The Press Cuttings series (.36 linear metres) spans the years 1968-1994. Although most articles are written in English, some versions are German language because the donor was stationed in that country most of the time. And it was important that the message should be disseminated in the latter for the wider coverage to woo substantial support for the liberation movement. The articles reflect news-coverage in Southern Africa and international solidarity with the struggles occurred in that part of the continent.

 

 

Series I – Correspondence

 

Box 0001
0001 Correspondents (Berlin), 1984-1993. Guma, L, Molewa, B, Mphahlwa, L, Selby, A, Shutte, Zama, p
0002. Neame, Sylvia, 1982-1993
0003. Selby, Anold, 1972-1977
0004. South African Embassy (Born), 1996\1998
0005. Weinberg, Violet, 1981
0006. Telegrammes (English)
0007. Telegrames (German)

 

 

Series II – Papers

 

Box 0002
0001. African Petty Bourgeoisie: NAFCOC, 1984
0002. Afro-Asian Solidarity Committee
0003. Assessment: Thabo Mbeki paper, Armed struggle, 1971
0004. Azania for South Africa
0005. Bantustans and the struggle, 1969
0006. Battle of lsandlwana 1879, 1979
0007. Black Power Consciousness
0008. Developing countries
0009. History and Theory of Press, 1971
0010. History of South Africa (indigenous people)
0011. Mass Media & Revolution, 1978
0012. Nation, Class, and Trade Union in Struggle
0013. Role of youth & students for better life
0014. Situation in South Africa
0015. Socialist Transformation & Freedom Charter, 1983
0016. Struggle against apartheid, 1968

 

 

Series 3 – Subject files

 

Box 0003
0001. Address by O.R, Tambo: African Studies Association, 1973
0002. ANC Call to International Community, 1988
0003. ANC call to the people from UN govermatively to people power, 1985
0004. ANC Declaration: Morogoro, 1975
0005. ANC Information Bulletin: Political prisoners & deta1nees, 1976
0006. ANC messages: 1971-1975 –  Western Europe,  New Year,  People of South Africa, Johnny Makatini, 
 Support to SWAPO
0007. ANC Provisional Headquarters, 1971
0008. ANC 70th Anniversary, 1982
0009. ANC 75th Anniversary, 1987
0010. ANC Statements  Subversive elements, 1968, Political situation, 1971, Invasion of Angola, 1975 , Expulsion of conspiratorial clique, 1975, Children of SOWETO, 1976, Patriotic Forces, South Africa, 1979, Invasion of Lesotho, 1983, Why we are at war, Situation in Southern Africa, 1984, Death of Samora Machel, 1986, Death of Cassius Make, 1987, Pretoria terrorism, 1988, 77th Anniversary of the ANC, 1989, Olivia Forsyth saga, 1989
0011. ANC statutes: G.D.R Unit, 1985
0012. ANC student: Scholarship & Education
0013. ANC youth & students: Summer School, 1971
0014. Anti-Apartheid Movement (London), 1968

 

Box 0004
0015. Benson, Mary statement: Mandela’s imprisonment
0016. Berlin Sub-Unit deliberations, 1981-1988
0017.Biographies of ANC leaders, Ahmed Kathrada, Billy Nair, Elias Motsoaledi, Govan Mbeki, Lilian Ngoyi, Nelson Mandela, Raymond Mhlaba, Walter Sisulu
0018. Black Consciousness and Christianity Randell and buyers made, 1971-1979
0019. Chief Representative on ANC: Germany & Australia, 1991\1994 Conferences
0020. ANC Arusha Conference, 1987
0021. ANC Consultative Conference: Lusaka, 1985
0022. ANC Youth Conference: Morogoro, 1982 (faded)
0023. Afro-Arab Conference: Launch of a United Struggle, Luanda, 1987
0024. Frontline States: Situation in Southern Africa; Maputo, 1982
0025. Khartoum on Southern Africa, 1969
0026. National Student: Revolution in Southern Africa; Oxford, 1968
0027. Shaping of new international info. Order, 1983

 

Box 0005
0028. Death of Mosobiya Mdluli
0029. Developments in South Africa: Press Report, 1981-1983
0030. Discussion document: African Nationalism and Black Consciousness, 1973-197 4
0031. Discussion: Chatter or South African Revolution, 1977
0032. Discussion: Going Home
0033. Discussion: Ideological War, 1985
0034. Discussion: National Question
0035. Discussion: 35th Anniversary of the G.D.R., 1984
0036. Dresden Unit meetings, 1975
0037. Gqabi, Joe assassination
0038. Group of Eight, 1975-1976
0039. Guidelines to Action by ANC Lusaka Meeting, 1974
0040. Indemnity list, 1991
0041. In Memory of Duma Nokwe, 1978
0042. International Affairs (Moscow): Soviet Peace Efforts; Alfred Nzo, 1988
0043. Interview with Oliver Tambo about South Africa, 1975

 

Box 0006
0044. Jeanette & Katryn Schoon murder
0045. Joint Communique: ANC, NIC & TIC, 1988
0046. Journalism and the Revolution, 1976
0047. Leipzig Sub-Unit deliberations, 1978-1981
0048. Lessons of the March Days, 1960
0049. Liberation movements: Southern Africa (incomplete document)
0050. Mandela, Nelson, 1983\1985
0051. Memoranda: Effects of Gov. Educational policy on Indians;
Pretoria and Swaziland land issue
0052. Mini, Vuyisile and his comrades remembered
0053. Moise, Benjamin’s campaign to his life from gallows
0054. Newsletter from Political Prisoners Committee, 1977
0055. News Review, 1973
0056. Notes from African Claims
0057. OAU Strategy for Liberation of South Africa, 1980

 

 

Box 0007
0058. Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), 1967-1980, Consultative Congress, 1978, Crisis in the PAC, Liberation struggle, Policy and programme, Seminar: Pogo Uprising, Statement on ANC-PAC Unity, Publications, Azania News, PAC World Journal United Nations: Apartheid/Sobukwe
0059. Portuguese Colonialism: Angola, 1968
0060. Postcards
0061. Potsdam General meeting (ANC), 1986
0062. Press Conference-London: O.R Tambo, 1984
0063. Pretoria executions: Masina, Masango and Potsane
0064. Public & International Days
0065. Regional Political Committee report: State of the Nation, 1990-1991
0066. Report of ANC: The internal situation, 1977
0067. Reports: Press Committee; G.D.R Branch of ANC Youth & Students, 1972
0068. Resha, Robert, 1973/1975
0069. Second Anniversary of June, 1978
0070. Seminar: Bantustans & National question, 1975
0071. Seminar: Anti-Communism & relations between ANC and SACP; Leipzig, 1976
0072. Seminar: South Africa’s White Parties; Dresden, 1976
0073. South African Congress of Trade Unions: Organise or Starve; Book review

 

Box 0008
0074. Solidarity with Zimbabwe
0075. South African Foreign Policy
0076. South Africa Freedom Day
0077. South African Liberation Support (SALSCOM)
0078. Subscribers of ANC News briefing (correspondence)
0079. Tambo, O.R 701h Birthday
0080. to Sweden from ANC: Olof Palme; Poem by Lindwe Mabuza, 1987
0081. UN Centre on Apartheid, 1969-1972
0082. UN Statements by Nelson Mandela, 1955-1964
0083. War Resistance in South Africa, 1978
0084. Year of Women 1984
0085. Zambia & Liberation Movements, 1968

 

 

Series 4 – Publications

 

Box 0009
0001. Africa Confidential (SA & AN), 1988
0002. ANC Dept. of Religious Affairs, 1987
0003. ANC Speaks, 1955-1976
0004. African Nationalist, 1976
0005. All India Peace Council (Rhodesia & SA)
0006. Cuba: The Evaporation of a myth, 1977
0007. Fisher, Bram, 1966
0008. Forward (Journal of ANC Youth), 1984\1988
0009. History of the ANC
0010. lkwezi (Journal of S.A Political Analysis), 1975

 

Box 0010
0011. International Defence Aid & Fund (IDAF); the Sun Will Rise
0012. Interview with Alfred Nzo, 1974
0013. Labour Monthly, 50 years of Soviet Union
0014. Liberation Support Movement, 1974
0015. Luthuli, Albert, 1898-1967
0016. Malibongwe: ANC Women
0017. Mayibuye: Journal of the ANC, 1979/1984
0018. Sechaba, 1969
0019. Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College (SOMAFCO), 1983\1985
0020. South African Coloured People’s Congress (SACPC)
0021. South African Freedom News, 1965
0022. South African Heroes Day
0023. South Africa on Trial: Revonia Case, 1963
0024. South African Studies

 

Box 0011
0025. Southern Pivot of the Struggle, 1978
0026. Spotlight on South Africa, 1968
0027. Theories of Revolution, 1968
0028. Voice of Women, 1979-1985
0029. Others

 

 

Series IV – Press Cutting

 

Box 0012
0001. ANC Summer School: Sylvia Neame
0002. Anti-Apartheid News, 1969
0003. The Battle for Africa, 1969
0004. Mandela, Nelson, 1978
0005. Mangope, Lucas, 1994 Organisation of African- Unity, 1968
0006. Tribute to Martin Luther, 1968

 

Box 0013
0007. Hogan, Barbara, 1982
0008. Kathrada, Ahmed
0009. Mandela, Nelson, 1978-1981
0010. Sisulu, Walter, 1977/1982
0011. Tambo, O.R, 1980-1982
0012. Asien, Afrika, Lateinamerika, 1987/1990
0013. Der ANC, 1972-1981
0014. Die Bedeutung von Sudafrica zur B.R.D Einladungen
0015. Die Oktoberrevolution und Afrika, 1978-1991
0016. Die Solidaritat, 1978-1991
0017. Informationsbelletin ANC, 1989/1994
0018. Sudafrika, 1973-1981
0019. Union der

 

Box 0014
0020. ANC
0021. ANC –apartheid news
0022. Rhodesis
0023. South Africa
0024. Battle for Africa
0025. DER ANC
0026. ANC 1974-1986
0027. ANC 1974-1986
0028. ANC Mandela, Nelson; Land Act of 1913
0029. Press cuttings (originals)
0030. Press cuttings (German) 1986-1988
0031. SudaFrika 1973-1974, 1976, 1981
0032. Einladungen