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

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.

Access Information

Professor Dennis should be consulted about quotations from personal and unpublished papers.


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