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Maharaj, Sathyandranath Ragunanan (Mac), 2016 July

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Scope and Contents

Maharaj recounts the process of transcribing Mandela's memoirs, smuggling them out of the prison on Robben Island, and overseeing the typing of the memoirs, which he states included having some editorial control over the content. He also describes soliciting essays on South Africa's political future (while still imprisoned) from Mandela and other leaders of the anti-apartheid movement, which he later compiled as the book Reflections in Prison. Additionally, Maharaj talks more broadly about communications in the African National Congress (ANC), both internally and with the public, as well as Nelson Mandela's changing role over the decades of the anti-apartheid movement.


The oral history interviews are arranged in alphabetical order.

Collection History


No materials were separated from this collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Rachel Van Unen in January 2018 at the time of accessioning.

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Maharaj, Sathyandranath Ragunanan (Mac); Kim Worthington Oral History Collection on Nelson Mandela and South Africa, MC293, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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