28 July 2011

'Struggle' stickers at SAHA

More than 500 'struggle' stickers used during the apartheid era have now been digitized and are available at the South African History Archive Ephemera Collection.

The digitization has facilitated the access and use of a collection that was barely consulted by researchers in the past, due to its inaccessibility.

Many of these stickers were produced by political parties, labour movements and social forums for use during protests, campaigns, commemorations and celebrations in their fight for justice during the turbulent years under the apartheid rule.
The collection includes t-shirts, banners, badges and miscellanea such as greeting cards - all issued and produced during the struggle period. 

Some of the organisations represented in the collection are The End Conscription Campaign which was formed to oppose the compulsory conscription of all white South African men into military service, and the Detainees' Parents Support Committee which tried to support the many thousands of people detained under the apartheid government. Others worth mentioning are the United Democratic Front, Save the Press, Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the South African Council of Churches. Most of these organisations were formed to advocate for, among other things, unjust and or discriminatory practices to be abolished.

For more information on the digitised sticker collection, or any other materials in the SAHA Ephemera collection, contact Debora Matthews on 011 717 1941 or email archives@saha.org.za