Photocopy of typescript diary of a visit to South Africa by Ralph Johnson Bunche, 1 October - 31 December 1937, recording the impressions of an African American on South Africa; subjects include race relations; black living conditions in the reserves, mines and townships; black political and labour leaders and organisations, education, health care and the legal system. There is an account of the Silver Anniversary meeting of the African National Congress in Bloemfontein in December 1937.
BUNCHE, Ralph Johnson (1904-1971)
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- ReferenceGB 101 ICS 136
- Dates of Creation1937
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 volume
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Administrative / Biographical History
Ralph Johnson Bunche b 1904; educated at University of California, Los Angeles (AB), Harvard University (AM, PhD); Chairman, Dept of Political Science, Howard University, Washington DC, 1928-1950; Director, Trusteeship Department, Unted Nations, 1946-1954; acting UN Mediator on Palestine, 1948-1949; awarded Nobel Peace Prize for his work in the Middle East, 1950; Professor of Government, Harvard, 1950-1952; UN Under Secretary for Special Political Affairs, 1954-1967; UN Special Representative in the Congo, 1960; UN Under Secretary-General, 1968-1971.
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Deposited by Dr Robert Edgar, via Baruch Hirson, 1986
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Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.
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Location of Originals
The diary has been published as An African American in South Africa: the travel notes of Ralph J Bunche, 28 September 1937 - 1 January 1938 edited by Robert Edgar (Ohio University Press, 1992).