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Anti-Apartheid and Southern Africa Collection Guide

In 2008 the IISH acquired an extensive collection of archival materials relating to the anti-apartheid and Southern Africa solidarity groups in The Netherlands. It concerns the archives and related library and documentary collections of the three former anti-apartheid groups which merged into the Netherlands institute for Southern Africa (NiZA) in 1997. The collected archives consist of documents from organizations such as the South Africa Committee (from the 1960s), the Dutch Anti-Apartheid Movement, the Angola Committee/Holland Committee on Southern Africa, the Eduardo Mondlane Foundation, Institute for Southern Africa and Broadcasting for Radio Freedom. They also include materials from and about well-known activists, such as Sietse Bosgra, Conny Braam, Peter Waterman and Klaas de Jonge, and the archives of a number of local Southern Africa groups. 

Together with all of the archives of anti-apartheid groups, such as the working group Kairos, and the SA/NAM Association,  the Defence and Aid Fund Nederland, the Azania Komitee, and the Landelijke Zuid-Afrika Groep of the ABVA-KABO and those of as well as private individuals like writer and journalist Martin Bailey, which are already housed at the IISH, this handover will created an unprecedentedly rich collection, which includes not only materials on the Dutch anti-apartheid and solidarity movement, but also on the struggle in Southern Africa and the international campaign against apartheid. These archives and collections cover the period 1960 to 2000.

The documentation collections are made up of a large number of books, journals, photographs, posters and hundreds of videos, cassettes, badges, flags, T-shirts and other memorabilia. See also the overview of Anti-Apartheid and Southern Africa collections.

Limited Access

In order to realise the transfer of the NiZA collection, its description and integration into the IISH holdings, an extensive project was executed as of 2008, enabled by a very substantial donation from the SNS Reaal Fonds. It is expected that the project will be concluded by the end of 2012. 
The archives and documentation from the NiZA-collection which are already processed at the IISH can be accessed through the IISH website and reading room. The parts of the collection which are not processed yet, are also accessible for researchers and others, but only by contacting the archivist Kier Schuringa: telephone +31-06-20474460 or email

These webpages on the anti-apartheid and southern Africa collection not only provide a description of the archives, documentation and audio-visual materials of the NiZA collection, but also feature a section with background information including two comprehensive webdossiers on the anti-apartheid work in The Netherlands from 1948 to 1994 and the link between Nelson Mandela and The Netherlands. Finally, a page with reports on the various activities with and around these archival materials in and outside The Netherlands.

See also:
Collection Guide of the Collections on African Labour and Social History