Molema, Silas Modiri

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises original notebooks and unpublished typescripts including manuscripts for Montshiwa 1815-1896: BaRolong Chief and Patriot, Chief Moroka: His Life, His Country and His People, and The Scapegoat of the Boer War: General Piet Conje, which was never published. Notebooks contain details of meetings of Tshidi Barolong Chiefs (1947-1961), genealogical, medical and historical information on the Barolong in addition to general South African history.

Administrative / Biographical History

Silas Modiri Molema was born c. 1891, in Mafeking, South Africa. He attended the Lovedale Institution and the University of Georgia, qualifying in medicine in 1919. In 1921 he returned to Mafeking to work as a doctor. From the 1940's he was involved in the African National Congress, and was elected National Treasurer in December 1949. He resigned in 1953. He died in 1965.

His publications included The Bantu Past and Present: An Ethnographical and Historical Study of the Native Races of South Africa, (1920); Montshiwa 1815-1896: BaRolong Chief and Patriot, (1966), and Chief Moroka: His Life, His Country and His People, (1987).

Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted

Acquisition Information

Donated as part of the Southern African Materials Project 1973-1976 organised by the Centre for International and Area Studies.

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished handlist for the South African Materials Project (SAMP), arranged by MS number. For an alphabetical listing of all SAMP materials (including material deposited at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies) refer to The Southern African Materials Project, compiled by Brian Willan, edited by Patricia M. Larby, London: University of London, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, 1980.

Separated Material

Associated Material held elsewhere: Papers (1874-1932) of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, including the literary manuscripts of Silas Modiri Molema and the personal papers of the Molema family held at the Historical Papers section of the Library, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa; Silas Modiri Molema's collection of political ephemera relating to the African National Congress, held at Yale University Library.

Conditions Governing Use

No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance

Related Material

Related Collections at SOAS: MS 380266, typescript inventory of Silas Modiri Molema's collection of political ephemera relating to the African National Congress, Yale University Library.