1994 South African Election Material

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Afr. s. 2176
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      English, Afrikaans, and Xhosa.
  • Physical Description
      23 boxes

Scope and Content

General policy documents and statements, leaflets, newspaper advertisements,etc., African National Congress; manifestos, general policy documents/statements,leaflets, etc., Democratic Party; manifestos, general policy document, leaflets,newspaper and newspaper advertisements, National Party; general policy documents/statements, leaflets, information documents and newspaper advertisements,Inkatha Freedom Party; records relating to other political parties andassociated organisations; posters, newspapers and ephemera - all 1990s.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1994 the first multiracial elections were held in South Africa. The materiallisted is the result of the library's efforts to obtain as wide a spread aspossible of election campaign papers, from a variety of political parties.

Access Information

Bodleian reader's ticket required.


Collection level description created by Paul Davidson, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House.

Other Finding Aids

A handlist is available in the library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Custodial History

The library wrote to all the political parties which were registered to contestthe elections, many of which donated a selection of their publications andother materials. A number of South African libraries donated duplicates fromtheir own collections. The South African Friends of the Bodleian collectedon the library's behalf, as did many individuals. The library also purchaseda considerable quantity of material, including many of the posters, through oneof its regular South African book suppliers. The decision was also taken tocollect non-party material and some older material where this was deemedrelevant to the election process.

Related Material

1999 South African Election Material (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 2314).

Geographical Names