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Nelson Mandela in the collection of the IISH

The IISH has a rich collection of archival records, documentation, photographs, audio-visual materials and campaign materials including posters, stickers and buttons, all relating to Nelson Mandela. Use the IISH catalogue to search for ‘mandela’, adding additional search terms if required.

The collection was considerably enlarged by the acquisition in 2008 of the historical collection of the Netherlands Institute for Southern Africa, including the archives and documentation of the Dutch Anti-Apartheid Movement (AABN), the Holland Commitee on Southern Africa (KZA) and other former solidarity organisations. At the bottom of this page is a link to a  downloadable pdf file (121 KB) with a list of video's en video-items about Nelson Mandela. Other collections in the IISH contain many items of interest as well, as does the work by several photographers which is available in the IISH.

This photo of the celebrations surrounding Mandela's inauguration as the first democratically-elected president of South Africa in Pretoria on 10 May 1994 is part of a series of photographs taken in South Africa by the Dutch photographer Kadir van Lohuizen (call number: IISH BG B32/467)

Poster of the SOMAFCO Art Workshop (1980s): one of many posters in the IISH Image and Sound collection (call number: IISH BG D81/436). The Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College (SOMAFCO) was the ANC school in Tanzania were exiled students from South Africa were taught by teachers from, among other countries, the Netherlands See also the selection of posters from the IISH collection.

Audio cassette tape, a co-production of VARA Radio and AABN from 1985 (call number: IISH BG GC11/666)

Dutch ‘Welcome Mandela’ banner from February 1990, now in the IISH collection (call number: IISH BG R1-140). The banner was carried in a festive march in Amsterdam on the day of Mandela’s release, and later hung on the façade of the Amsterdam Municipal Theatre during Mandela’s first visit to the Netherlands in June 1990.