The life of Nelson Mandela is now freely accessible to the public, as his Digital Archive Project, containing thousands of documents, photographs and videos, is now live on the internet.

Former President Nelson Mandela

The aim of the project is to locate, document, digitise, and provide access to all archival materials related to Nelson Mandela. This is a work in progress.

Google through its partnership with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory (NMCM) set up the digital exhibition aimed to help preserve and digitise Mandela’s story. Along with historians, educationalists, researchers and activists, users now have access to extensive information about the life and legacy of the first black president of South Africa, a world icon for peace.

This new online multimedia resource includes Madiba’s correspondence with family, comrades and friends, and extensive notes he made while in prison. It also has his diaries, written during his 27 years in prison, as well as notes he made during negotiations to end apartheid.

The archive currently includes over 1 900 unique images, documents and videos.

Image: Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project