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Only top-level descriptions Historical Papers Research Archive, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR)
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South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR), Part 1 records

  • ZA HPRA AD843B
  • Fonds
  • 1908 - 1962

The "B" box collection relates mainly to the period 1930 to 1950, although there are some documents as early as 1926 and some all late as 1961. This inventory boar the title "Part I" as there have been subsequent deposits of the Institute's archives which will be inventoried at a later date.

The "B" box collection has been retained as an entity in accordance with Standard archival practice and the files have been kept in their original order. Many of the files overlap and contain material irrelevant to the subject matter of the file. In view of the extensive use made of the collection over the last ten years by researchers who took references according to the then existing arrangement, it was decided not to re-sort. The present box numbers have been retained, but the files which previously bore an alphabetical notation have now been given a numerical one, e.g. the original 4f now becomes 4.6.

This inventory lists the number of items in each file, mention the names of the principal correspondents, indicates the subject field and itemises anything of particular importance. A brief sketch of the Institute is included and a comprehensive index of all personal names mentioned in the inventory and of selective subject fields has been provided, thus bringing together scattered subjects. The words "Native", "African", "Bantu" and "Non-European" have been used where they were the approved nomenclature of the day.

Subjects covered are the social and economic conditions of Blacks, Coloureds and Indians, with particular reference to education, literacy, land, farm labour, labour relations, housing, the urban Black, health and welfare services, medical training, juvenile delinquency, the liquor problem, discriminatory legislation and penal reform. This collection, covering almost three decades, in of great importance to economic, social and political historians.

Anna M. Cunningham, 1 August 1981.

South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR)

Bureau of Literacy and Literature, Records

  • ZA HPRA AD1432
  • Fonds
  • 1945 - 1970

In April 1946 a five-year project was initiated, which aimed at developing materials and techniques for literacy classes for African adults, particularly on the gold mines, using methods developed by Frank Laubach in the Philippines in the 1930s. It was started by the South African Institute of Race Relations, and conducted through a special committee whose members included specialists form government departments, and with finance provided by the Department of Education, The Bantu Welfare Trust, private donors, and the Institute.

The years 1952 1964 were a pre-Bureau period in which work continued, and on the 1 April 1964, the Bureau of Literacy and Literature became an independent voluntary organisation, and was registered as a `non-profit making company'.

The teaching methods were based on Dr Frank Laubach's phonetic alphabet, which he developed in the 1930s in the Phillippines, and which were applicable in different languages, by using the sound of a syllable in association with a familiar picture. He would later be called "apostle of mass literacy".

South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR)

State vs Glenn Moss and 4 Others

  • ZA HPRA AD1718
  • Fonds
  • 1976

The collection contains the records of the trial of the State v. Glenn Moss and Four Others, on charge of contravening the Suppression of Communism Act (Act 44, 1950). The co-accused were Charles David Nupen, Edward Charles Webster, Paul Cedric De Beer and Karel Simon Tip.

Included are the indictment, exhibits, photos, incomplete trial record, State's argument and comments on the evidence of A.H. Murray.

South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR)

South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR), Records

  • ZA HPRA AD3411
  • Fonds
  • 1920S-1980S

Collection of assorted material from the SAIRR Library that spans the period from 1920s to 1980s and includes organisational files such the personnel file of the 3rd director F.J. van Wyk, SAIRR programme files, correspondence, collections of newsletters, journals and pamphlets, press cuttings, photographs as well as some archival documents.

South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR)

Commission of Inquiry into the occurrences at Sharpeville (and other places) on the 21st March 1960, Court cases

  • ZA HPRA AD1720
  • Fonds
  • 1960

The collection contains the minutes of evidence collected by the Commission, as well as the exhibits and judgement.

It includes among others the submissions on behalf of Bishop Ambrose Reeves from the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, who was instrumental in demanding that the Government at the time establish a Commission of Inquiry.

South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR)

Security Trials, Court records

  • ZA HPRA AD2021
  • Fonds
  • 1958 - 1982

The collection contains in part the court proceedings of prominent trials against political activists in South Africa.

South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR)

South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR), Part 3 records

  • ZA HPRA AD1947
  • Fonds
  • 1947 - 1969

This collection consists of correspondence and memoranda to and from the South African Institute of Race Relations. The principal correspondents are: Quintin Whyte and F.J. Van Wyk, while others include M. Horrell, W.B. Ngakane and D. Rheinallt Jones.

Subjects covered are the social and economic conditions of Black South Africans, with particular reference to education, land, farm labour, labour relations, housing, township conditions, health, welfare, liquor, discriminatory legislation and penal reform.

South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR)

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