South Africa: Nelson Mandela Digital Archive is Live On the Web


The Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project  went live on the web, on Tuesday, 27 March 2012, to allow the world to share in the life and legacy of this extraordinary African statesman.

Google gave a US$1.25 million grant to the Johannesburg-based Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory (NMCM) in 2011 to help preserve and digitise thousands of archival documents, photographs and videos about Mandela.

Along with historians, educationalists, researchers and activists, users from around the world now have access to extensive information about Mandela. The new online multimedia archive includes Mandela's correspondence with family, comrades and friends, diaries written during his 27 years of imprisonment and notes he made while leading the negotiations that ended apartheid in South Africa.

The archive will also include his earliest-known photograph, rare images of his cell on Robben Island in the 1970s and never-seen drafts of the manuscripts for the sequel to his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.