AL3273 :: The John Harris Collection

Collection No: AL3273
Title: The John Harris Collection
Creator: Inventory prepared by Esmerelda Dirks, August 2009. Updated by Debora Matthews, February 2013.
Origination: SAHA secured the materials from the SAPS Museum and the archive of the Department of Correctional Services on behalf of John Harris's family; the collection of letters was donated by Jane Harris
Inclusive Dates: 1964-1974
Bulk Dates: 1964
Extent: 4 outsized archival boxes
Language: English and Afrikaans
Acquisition: Accession Numbers: 09/007; 12/064
Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research
Use Restrictions: Copyright restrictions may apply. See SAHA copyright statement for Use Restrictions.
Created: 13 April 2010
Abstract: The collection consists of John Harris's trial records, police docket and prison files, and his Security Legislation Directorate (SLD) file kept by the Department of Justice, as well a media file, and a collection of letters written by John Harris to his sister whilst in prison. John Harris, a member of the African Resistance Movement (ARM), was sentenced to death and was hanged in 1965 after detonating a bomb at the Johannesburg station on 24 July 1964 as an act of defiance against the apartheid regime in South Africa.
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