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Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory

Nelson Mandela's archive online

Nelson Mandela timeline


In partnership with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, the Google Cultural Institute has helped to bring Nelson Mandela's archive online. The multimedia archive includes Mr 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 also include the earliest-known photos of Mr Mandela and never-before seen drafts of Mr Mandela's material for his book "Conversations with Myself,” the sequel to his autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom.”

Preserving the archive

Google started working with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in 2011 to help digitally preserve thousands of archival documents, photographs and videos about Nelson Mandela. Based in Johannesburg, the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory is committed to documenting one of the world's greatest statesmen and spreading the story of his life and work to promote social justice throughout the world.

Storytelling platform

Together, we have created a visually rich and interactive online experience which tells the story of Mr Mandela’s life and work through seven in depth exhibits: Early Life, Prison Years, Presidential Years, Retirement, Books for Mandela, Young People, and My Moments with a Legend. Aimed at inspiring people with his legacy, this experience also offers powerful search and browsing tools to allow for a truly in-depth exploration of Mr Mandela's incredible life story.

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