Small Treasures in the John Marcum Papers (Part 2)

June 5, 2017
Franz Kunst
Africa map circa 1961

This week we celebrate the release of the John Marcum Papers with daily posts highlighting various aspects of this Africanist scholar's collection. Today we present various material from Series 22. South Africa.


South African author Nadine Gordimer instructing Marcum to send his book on Angola discretely packaged:

Gordimer to Marcum 1971


Flier for a 1964 appearance by anti-apartheid activist and filmmaker Nana Mahomo. Mahomo's U.S. lecture tour was arranged by Marcum. Active in the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), Mahomo had left South Africa in March 1960. He was Marcum's best man when he married his wife Gwendolyn in Menlo Park.

Mahomo flier


1964 African National Congress (ANC) newsletter with a much lower-budget New York chapter counterpart:

ANC booklet

ANC booklet, NY