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Southern Rhodesia: Ministry of Native Affairs

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0101 ICS 78
Held at: Institute of Commonwealth Studies
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Full title: Southern Rhodesia: Ministry of Native Affairs
Date(s): 1961
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 item (3pp)
Name of creator(s): Southern Rhodesia | Ministry of Native Affairs
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Southern Rhodesia African National Congress was founded in 1957 under the leadership of Joshua Nkomo. It was banned by the Government in 1959, and several prominent members were arrested and detained. The detainees were released early in 1961. Their claim for compensation does not appear to have been successful.


Scope and content/abstract:

Typescript copy of memorandum, dated 7 Feb 1961, to Minister of Native Affairs, Southern Rhodesia concerning compensation for financial losses by 28 former political detainees and restrictees (released in 1961) during their two year detention, the failure of Native Commissioners to look after their property during their detention, the cancellation of the allowance paid to detainees families during their imprisonment, and their difficulty in obtaining employment.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Single item

Conditions governing access:

Open although advance notice should be given. Access to individual items may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A photocopying service is available, at the discretion of the Library staff. Copies are supplied solely for research or private study. Requests to publish, or to quote from original material should be submitted to the Information Resources Manager.

Finding aids:


Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The source of acquisition by ICS is not known.

Allied Materials

Related material:

ICS holds several other collections relating to political detainees in Rhodesia, including Ignatius Chigwendere (ICS 12), Tim Matthews (ICS 54), D D E Mutasa (ICS 91), Southern Rhodesia Legal Aid and Welfare Fund (ICS 107) and Southern Rhodesia Ministry of Justice (ICS 53).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
General International Standard Archival Description ISAD(G), 2nd edition 2000. National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Oct 2001

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