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Collection Details


Collection Name: South African Institute of Race Relations Oral History Project
Repository Name: University of Natal, Durban. Cultural & Media Studies. South African Institute of Race Relations [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Durban, South Africa
Dates Spanned: 1982-
Description: 1982 the oral history project of the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) was established with three full time members of staff and a part time secretary. Two types of oral evidence were collected. The first of these were interviews with individuals who had been involved in political and labour organisations which formed part of the movement of resistance to the South African government in the 1940s and 1950s. These interviews were not grouped or organised around specific themes, and interviewers were randomly selected. The interviews were done to record and preserve the testimony of activists from a range of organisations. This type of interview was categorised as archival. The second category of interviews was organised around more specific themes. Evidence was collected from groups of people involved in a particular event or doing the same kind of work. A common aim of this project was to make the testimony collected available to a wider audience. This finally took the form of booklets, designed to be accessible to a wide range of people.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 30
Broad Subjects: International Politics; Race Relations; Politics
ASP Subjects: Labor unions--South Africa; Oral history; Political activists--South Africa; Political parties--South Africa; Political science--South Africa; Race relations--South Africa; South Africa; South Africa--History; South Africa--Politics and government
Other Subjects: South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR)
Collection Code: OHC0001743