Nelson Mandela Archive Goes Online (With Help From Google)

Last week, the Albert Einstein Archive went online, bringing thousands of the physicist’s papers and letters to the web. This week, we get the launch of the Nelson Mandela Digital Archive, which makes available thousands of papers belonging to the man who galvanized the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, before eventually becoming the leader of the nation. (Don’t miss his first recorded TV interview from 1961 here.)

Made possible by a $1.25 million grant from Google, the archive organizes Mandela’s papers chronologically and thematically. You can jump into sections covering his Early Life, Prison Years, and Presidential Years, or explore his extensive book collections and work with youngsters. And, much like Einstein, you’ll get to know a different side of Mandela, the private side that was often hidden from public view.

Note: We recently mentioned that Google Street View will let you take a virtual tour of the Amazon basin. Now, it turns out, you can also use the software to take a train ride through the Swiss Alps. Start your journey here.

Image from Nelson Mandela’s prison journals.

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