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Albert Lutuli letter

  • ZA HPRA A3408
  • Fonds
  • 15 June 1953

The letter, written by Albert Lutuli, is addressed to Prof ZK Matthews, dated 15 June 1953

Albert Lutuli makes reference to a letter he received from ZK Matthews on 11 June 1953, and assures him that the letter has not been tempered with. He goes on explaining that he learned from the 'White Press' that Matthews had arrived from the U.S.A. He agrees with Matthews that the bans (Lutuli was a banned person at the time) 'have much nuisance value'. Lutuli then attends to suggestions made by Matthews for the commemoration of 'June 26' 1953, saying that he will be issuing a PRESIDENTIAL MESSAGE AND CALL (written in capital letters) for the whole Union. He also promised that the Working Committee has approved the statement, and that it will be distributed to branches, as well as published in the newspapers 'Bantu World', 'Ilanga' and 'Imvo'. He finally passes greetings to all friends at Fort Hare and signs "Yours in the National Service Albert Lutuli President-General, A.N.C".

The 26 June was traditionally observed by the African National Congress and other organisations, because it was on the 26 June 1950 that the Suppression of Communism Act was passed by the South African government, sparking national protest actions. Following this letter, Albert Lutuli issued his public statement for the commemoration of the 26 June 1953. Furthermore, ZK Matthews proposed a national convention in 1953, calling for a Freedom Charter for a democratic South Africa.

Albert Lutuli

Church of the Province of South Africa, Constitution

  • ZA HPRA AB1160
  • Fonds
  • 15 February 1876

Ratified deed, with the signatures of W.W. Jones, Bp. of Cape Town and Metropolitan, N.J. Merriman, Bp. of Grahamstown, and others.

Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA)

Constitution of the Church of the Province of South Africa

  • ZA HPRA AB2891
  • Fonds
  • 1870

Text of the original Constitution, inscribed by Sophia Gray, and signed and sealed by the Bishops of Cape Town, Grahamstown, St Helena and Maritzburg, amongst others.

Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA)

Department of Justice Files

  • ZA HPRA A3302
  • Fonds
  • 1964 - 1994

Bound volume containing a list of people which were held in custody or listed as members of subversive organisations in terms of the Act on Terrorism, Section 6 and 29. The list, which had been compiled at the Department of Justice over decades, was found in one of its offices during the investigative work of the TRC in the early 1990s.

Faku, Statement

  • ZA HPRA A289
  • Fonds
  • 1830

Paramount chief of the Pondos

Statement in Zulu, to the government of Natal, signed with Faku's mark.

British Colonial Government Natal

Guide to Historical Papers Photographs

  • ZA HPRA HP3
  • Collection
  • 1966

The descriptions include albums, scrapbooks, loose prints, negatives, slides, postcards, some posters, sketches and paintings, and images on glass or metal plates.

Historical Papers Research Archive, The Library, University of the Witwatersrand

Guide to the Archives of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA)

  • ZA HPRA HP2
  • Collection
  • 1937-

This Guide provides an overview of the archive of the Anglican Church in Southern Africa. The descriptions are provided on Fonds level.

The collections comprise letters, diaries, minutes, memoranda, press clippings, scrap-books, registers, financial, ecclesiastical and personal documents and pictorial material.

Historical Papers Research Archive, The Library, University of the Witwatersrand

Guide to the Audio-Visual Collections at Historical Papers

  • ZA HPRA HP4
  • Collection
  • 1966-

The Guide relates to the digitised audio-visual material at Historical Papers. This includes audio tapes and videos.

Historical Papers Research Archive, The Library, University of the Witwatersrand

Guide to the Historical Papers Collections

  • ZA HPRA HP1
  • Collection
  • 1966-

This Guide provides an overview of all collections at the Historical Papers Research Archive, excluding the archive of the Anglican Church in Southern Africa, which has its own Guide. The descriptions are provided on Fonds level.

The collections housed at Historical Papers include diaries, letters, memoranda, reports, minute-books, press clippings, pamphlets, photographs, drawings, oral interviews, trial transcripts and financial, legal and personal documents.

Historical Papers Research Archive, The Library, University of the Witwatersrand

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