Dennis Brutus, papers on sport, anti-apartheid activities and literature (some microfilm)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Most of the Brutus papers are on microfilm, but there is some unfilmed material which has been roughly sorted as follows:

Documents: Poems etc: handwritten and typed drafts of poems 1961 - 1970, including a draft of Letters to Martha; Sport: includes SASA executive reports, minutes, correspondence, memoranda, circulars 1958 - 1961; SAN-ROC correspondence re Olympics, football and tennis 1969 - 1971; papers re Round Table Conference of Major Sporting Bodies Durban 1959; correspondence with New Zealand University Students Association 1970; Miscellaneous political papers: includes Defence and Aid Fund correspondence 1971; affidavits and other documents concerning Brutus's treatment by Portuguese and South African police 1963; Anti-Apartheid Movement documents.

Microfilm: Brutus, D.: `Papers'. The material is arranged chronologically within each category, and includes the following items:

Personal: letters, notes, photographs and poems 1961-1970

Sport: documents concerning SASA 1960 - 1962; SAN-ROC 1966 - 1970; the efforts of various organisations to end racialism in cricket, especially the attempts of SAN-ROC to stop English cricket tours in South Africa 1959 -1970; the work of SAN-ROC and other organisations against racialism in Olympic sports, 1962 - 1970; tennis and racialism in South Africa, 1960 - 1969; South African Weightlifting Association and racial discrimination 1946 - 1969; Amateur Athletic Association and racialism in Southern African Sport 1967 - 1969; documents re organisations concerned with racialism in South African soccer and rugby 1960 - 1969

Political: documents, seminar papers and cuttings concerning various anti-racialist organisations 1962 - 1970; International Defence and Aid Fund 1967 - 1969; papers about Southern African political prisoners and the efforts of various bodies in obtaining their release 1967 - 1969; USA attitudes to and actions against racialism, chiefly apartheid in South Africa, 1962 - 1972

Cultural: Conference papers from the First Pan-African Cultural Festival, Algiers 21st July - 1st August 1969

Miscellaneous: various periodicals and pamphlets of Southern African and apartheid interest 1968 - 1971.

Administrative / Biographical History

Dennis Brutus (born 1924) was president, South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee.

Conditions Governing Access

Professor Dennis should be consulted about quotations from personal and unpublished papers.


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