HORVITCH, I O (fl 1957-1960)

Scope and Content

Papers of I O Horvitch on the South African Treason Trials, 1957-1960; comprising material concerning the Treason Trial, 1957-1961, including lists of the accused and the charges against them and a copy of the final judgement; typescript deafts for issues of 'Treason Trials Press Summary, 6 Feb 1959 - 10 Mar 1960'; miscellaneous material concerning the Treason Trials, 1957-1958; including appeals for funds by the Treadson Trials Defence Fund; Horvitch's personal papers, 1957-1958 including details of payments received from the Treason Trials Defence Fund, and details of Horvich's architectural practice; publications; papers on Ghana, 1960; press cuttings on the Treason Trials.

Administrative / Biographical History

I O Horvitch was an architect and active member and later Chairman of the South African Communist Party (SACP.) The SACP was founded in 1921 and was always at the forefront of the struggles agains imperialism and apartheid. In December 1956 over 150 men and women were arrested and flown to Johannesburg to face charges of communism and high treason. The preparatory examination and trial lasted from December 1956 until March 1961, when all the accused were found not guilty and discharged.


Papers arranged in seven series as described above.

Access Information

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.

Acquisition Information

The source of acquisition by ICS is not known.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued to item and file level (see link to repository catalogue).

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

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 Rsources Manager.

Related Material

The ICS holds a large number of collections relating to South African politics, including African National Congress (ICS 1), Mary Benson (ICS 6), Ruth First (ICS 117), Ruth Hayman (ICS 30) Baruch Hirson (ICS 32), Mandela Trials papers (ICS 52), Josie Palmer (ICS 57), Edward Roux (ICS 67), South African Institute of Race Relations (ICS 95), University of Cape Town (ICS 81-82), University of Transkei (ICS 19).