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Collection Level Description: 1994 South African Election Material

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Afr. s. 2176
Title: 1994 South African Election Material
Dates of Creation: 1990s
Extent: 23 boxes

Language of Material: English, Afrikaans, and Xhosa

Administrative/Biographical History

In 1994 the first multiracial elections were held in South Africa. The material listed is the result of the library's efforts to obtain as wide a spread as possible of election campaign papers, from a variety of political parties.

Scope and Content

General policy documents and statements, leaflets, newspaper advertisements, etc., African National Congress; manifestos, general policy documents/statements, leaflets, etc., Democratic Party; manifestos, general policy document, leaflets, newspaper and newspaper advertisements, National Party; general policy documents/ statements, leaflets, information documents and newspaper advertisements, Inkatha Freedom Party; records relating to other political parties and associated organisations; posters, newspapers and ephemera - all 1990s.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The library wrote to all the political parties which were registered to contest the elections, many of which donated a selection of their publications and other materials. A number of South African libraries donated duplicates from their own collections. The South African Friends of the Bodleian collected on the library's behalf, as did many individuals. The library also purchased a considerable quantity of material, including many of the posters, through one of its regular South African book suppliers. The decision was also taken to collect non-party material and some older material where this was deemed relevant to the election process.

Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required.

Reproduction Restrictions

No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Further Information

Finding Aids

A handlist is available in the library reading room.

Related Units of Description

1999 South African Election Material (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 2314).

Access Points

African National Congress | South Africa

Democratic Party | South Africa

National Party | South Africa

Inkatha Freedom Party | South Africa

Independent Electoral Commission | South Africa

South Africa | Elections | 1994

Political parties | South Africa

Pressure groups | South Africa

Transformation from XML to HTML by Lawrence Mielniczuk
03 February 2012