South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee

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Duration: 1962-early 1990s
Location: Evanston, Illinois, United Kingdom, United States


The South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee (SAN-ROC) was formed in South Africa in 1962. One of SAN-ROC's founders, Dennis Brutus, was arrested and jailed, placed under house arrest, and banned from all literary, academic and political activities. Brutus went into exile in 1966. In 1966 SAN-ROC began operating in exile in London and led campaigns to isolate South Africa on the sports field. In 1970 Brutus moved to the United States and SAN-ROC was then based in the United States and the United Kingdom. Sam Ramsamy (based in London) was Chairman from 1976-1990. Dennis Brutus was President (based in the United). SAN-ROC led the international sports boycott of apartheid South Africa.

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Title: Brutus (Schomburg collection); Dennis
Time Span: 1970 - 1990
Media: 19.5 linear feet
Description: Papers of Dennis Brutus, a South African-born poet and human rights and anti-apartheid activist. 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 banned from all literary, academic and political activities. He went into exile in 1966 and has lived in the United States since 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. In exile Brutus and SAN-ROC spearheaded a successful campaign to ban apartheid South Africa from international sport competitions. Brutus, based in the United States, was President of SAN-ROC and Sam Ramsamy, based in London, as Chairman. The collection consists of personal and professional papers, correspondence, writings, files of SAN-ROC and the Dennis Brutus Defence Committee, anti-apartheid posters, photographs, recordings, and subject files on Nelson Mandela, human rights, South African politics, divestment, apartheid and sports, African literature, and the struggle against apartheid in general. Photographs, anti-apartheid posters and audio-visual recordings transferred respectively to the Photographs and Prints, the Art and Artifacts and the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Divisions.
Housed At: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Location: The New York Public Library, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037-1801, United States
Catalog/Finding Aid: view
Phone: (212) 491-2200
Related Website: http://www.nypl.org/research/sc/sc.html

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Title: South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee (SAN-ROC) & Sam Ramsamy archive
Time Span: 1960 - 1990s
Media: 208 Box files (including Sam Ramsamy archive)
Description: This archive includes the papers of Sam Ramsamy and SAN-ROC. SAN-ROC was formed in 1962. In 1966 it was established itself in exile in London and led campaigns to isolate South Africa on the sports field. Sam Ramsamy (based in London) was Chairman from 1976-1990.
Housed At: University of the Western Cape-Robben Island Mayibuye Archive
Location: UWC-Robben Island Mayibuye Archives, Level 1, UWC Main Library, Modderdam Road, Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa
Restrictions: Unknown, contact in advance
Phone: 27 (0) 21 959 2939/2954
Reference Email: mayib@uwc.ac.za
Related Website: http://www.robben-island.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=37&Itemid=60

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Title: Brutus (1924- ) Papers; Dennis
Time Span: 1960 - 1984
Media: 38 boxes
Description: Papers of Dennis Brutus, poet, South African expatriate, and English Professor at Northwestern from 1971 to 1985. The Dennis Brutus Papers comprise correspondence, papers associated with specific organizations and events, and numerous drafts of poems, both handwritten and typed. The bulk of Brutus's correspondence falls within the period 1960-1973, and consists of family and other personal correspondence, correspondence related to teaching positions, and individual folders for correspondence with key persons. The Papers also contain much sports-related material, including but not confined to the International Committee Against Racism In Sport (ICARIS) and the South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee (SAN-ROC). Brutus's work with the International Defense and Aid Fund and other anti-racial groups is documented as well. There are also a number of notebooks and daybooks with poetry and journal entries from the 1960s. A large portion of the Papers consists of manuscript drafts and typescripts of Brutus's poetry, including a small number of complete manuscripts of published poetry works. (Source: collection finding aid.)
Housed At: Northwestern University Library, University Archives
Location: Deering Library, Room 110, 1970 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208-2300, United States
Catalog/Finding Aid: view
Phone: (847) 491-3354
Reference Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Related Website: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives/

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Title: Brutus (Worcester State College collection); Dennis
Time Span: Mostly 1970s - 1990s
Media: 5,000+ documents, audio, video, photographs
Description: The collection consists of a range of primary and secondary documents donated by Dr. Dennis Brutus, a well-known poet, anti-apartheid activist and human rights defender. He grew up in South Africa and founded the South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee (SAN-ROC) in 1963. His anti-apartheid activities led to a sentence of 18 months on Robben Island. In 1966 he went into exile and SAN-ROC established itself in London. In 1970 Brutus moved to the United States and established a stateside SAN-ROC, as well. The archive includes manuscripts, correspondence, texts of speeches, travel documentation, publications of anti-apartheid organizations and photographs. One box includes material on Apartheid and sports, the sports boycott and the Olympics including material related to SAN-ROC, the American Coordinating Committee for Equality in Sport and Society (ACCESS) and South African Council of Sport (SACOS), and also HART in New Zealand and CARE in Australia. There are, as well, materials Brutus's involvement with the divestment movement in the 1970s and 1980s. In addition, the Dennis Brutus Collection houses an extensive amount of material related to the Dennis Brutus Defense Committee's dealings with the attempt by the U.S. government to deport him and the successful campaign to block the deportation. The archive includes material Amnesty International and the campaign against the death penalty; Brutus served on the board of Amnesty International USA. The archive contains numerous interviews with Brutus in print, audio and video. Most of the archive is housed at the Worcester State College Library but some material is at the Center for the Study of Human Rights. See Dennis Brutus at Worcester State College (Source: Wayne Kamin, archivist, and Aldo Guevera, Human Rights Center coordinator at Worcester State College)
Housed At: Worcester State College Library
Location: 486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602-2597
Catalog/Finding Aid: view
Restrictions: These materials are now available for access by scholars, students, and independent researchers from outside Worcester State. For permission to examine the collection, please contact Dr. Guevera at the Center for the Study of Human Rights at (508) 929-8871 or Sai Chinnaswamy, Executive Director, Learning Resources Center at 508-929-8511.
Phone: (508) 929-8027
Reference Email: Library@worcester.edu
Related Website: http://wwwfac.worcester.edu/library/