Dennis Brutus was a South African-born poet and human rights activist who spearheaded a successful campaign to ban apartheid South Africa from international sport competitions. He founded the South African Sports Association in 1961 and the South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee (SAN-ROC) in 1963, and was subsequently arrested and jailed, placed under house arrest and lived in the United States from 1970, emerging over the years as a prominent lecturer and author, a professor of African literature and a major spokesperson in the international movement to end apartheid in South Africa.
His collection comprises personal and professional correspondence, papers associated with specific organizations and events, a large collection of newspaper cuttings on sport and apartheid in South Africa and numerous drafts of poems, both handwritten and typed. Material dates between 1961 and 1992.
There is a description of the collection on Archives Hub.
There is a finding aid for manuscript material.
A finding aid arranged by subject is also available.
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