Papers relating to the Exeter and District Anti-Apartheid Group

Scope and Content

This collection contains a variety of print and archival materials relating to administration of the Group. Included are archive materials (correspondence, promotional literature, DOMPAS newsletters, lists of members, financial records, press releases, newscutting scrapbooks), artefacts (badges, flags, banners, collecting boxes etc.), pamphlets, leaflets, newspapers and periodicals.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Exeter and District Anti-Apartheid Group was one of the longest established and most active groups in the UK anti-apartheid movement, and was established as the Exeter and District Anti-Apartheid Committee in c1966. The Group was non-political and was affiliated to the national London-based Anti-Apartheid Movement which traced its origins following the Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa in 1984. Although primarily concerned with South Africa, the Group also addressed problems associated with racism and human rights elsewhere in the world.

Mervyn Bennun, lecturer in law at the University of Exeter, was active in the group (Chairman and Secretary) and encouraged the deposit of its archive at the University Library.

Access Information

Usual EUL arrangements apply.


Listed by Charlotte Berry, Archivist, 23 April 2004 and encoded into EAD 1 June 2004.

Other Finding Aids

Currently unlisted.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual EUL restrictions apply.

Custodial History

Given to the Library by the Secretary of the Group, on condition that it was retained together with the Papers of Mervyn Bennun (EUL MS 112).

Related Material

See also the papers of Mervyn Bennun, held at Special Collections (EUL MS 112). He was Secretary of the Group for many years, so some material relating to the activities of the Group are included in this collection.

The Archive of Anti-Apartheid Movement is held at the University of Oxford (Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies). Glasgow Caledonian University Archives holds the Anti-Apartheid Movement in Scotland Archive, as well as the George H. Johannes Collection (ANC political activist).



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