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History: Preston Library Best Sources

Sources for your research in history

Primary Sources at VMI

To find primary sources in the Preston Library or worldwide, type:

  • south africa and apartheid
  • then, try adding the following terms, one at a time: memoirs, then diaries, then correspondence, then letters, then interviews, then writings, then personal narratives

A few interesting citations: 

Mandela, Winnie, and A. M Kathrada. 491 Days : Prisoner Number 1323/69. Modern African Writing.  Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2014. I

Sobukwe, Robert Mangaliso. Lie on Your Wounds : The Prison Correspondence of Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe. Edited by Derek Hook. African Lives Series, Number 14. Johannesburg: Wits University Press, 2019. 

Gordimer, Nadine. Telling Times : Writing and Living, 1954-2008. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2010.

Sachs, Albie. The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1967.

Mandela, Nelson, and Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela. The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela. Edited by Sahm Venter. New York, NY: Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, 2018.

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