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Legal Resources Centre (LRC), Oral History Project

  • ZA HPRA AG3298
  • Fonds
  • 2006 - 2009

History of the Legal Resources Centre (LRC)Oral History Project:

The LRC Oral History Project was initiated in 2006, by the Southern Africa Legal Services Foundation (SALS) for the Legal Resources Trust, the body responsible for the assets and policy of the Legal Resources Centre. The project, funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. Mac Arthur Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, collected a record of the early years of the LRC, which was established in 1979.

This was done through interviews with a wide range of stakeholders including legal practitioners, practising in and out of the LRC fold, other staff, associates and Clients. Interviewers include journalist Ms. Hunter-Gault and Dr. Patel, an oral historian.

Interviewees include Justice Arthur Chaskalson, Geoff Budlender, Sir Sidney Kentridge, Justice Albie Sachs and Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu among many others. A total of 200 people were interviewed.

Justice Albie Sachs' interview includes reflections on the cases taken to the Constitutional Court and Archbishop Tutu speaks about his perceptions in his role as Patron. Dr. Patel made a serious attempt to include fellows, women, and long-term administrative staff and candidate attorneys who clerked at the LRC and to interview members of associated legal organizations. She also conducted interviews of South Africans who were visiting or had moved to the United States and with Americans who had served on SALSs Board of Directors or had a long association with the LRC. Ms. Hunter-Gault videotaped interviews of Geoff Budlender and Justice Arthur Chaskalson in South Africa.

The collection consists of 201 interviews recorded as digital audio recordings and transcripts. The dates of the material range from 2006 to 2010. These dates refer to the recordings and the transcribing of the recordings. The roles of the interviewees are wide-ranging, including people who were not employed by the LRC. The roles are recorded as part of the description. Content of the interviews reflect the history of the development of the LRC and the cases and causes that were involved.

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Legal Resources Centre, Johannesburg records

  • ZA HPRA AG3006
  • Fonds
  • 1981 - 2001

The Records of the LRC (Johannesburg) currently cover the period 1980-1995 but will continue to be added to as it records are archived.

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Legal Resources Centre, Records

  • ZA HPRA AG3281
  • Fonds
  • 1964-2005

This collection consists mainly of court records from various trials, which were handled by the LRC in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.

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Nelson Mandela Papers

  • ZA HPRA A2519
  • Fonds
  • 1962 - 1964 (2010)

The papers containing preparatory notes by Nelson Mandela, together with annotated typescripts, relate to the trials 'State vs Nelson Mandela' in the Pretoria Regional Court 1962; and 'The State vs Nelson Mandela and Others' (Rivonia Trial) in the Supreme Court (Transvaal Provincial Division) in 1963/1964.

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