Endangered archives blog

03 October 2009

September accessions

Last month the EAP received material from the following projects:

Tuvalu National Archives major project

Pages of Azerbaijan sound heritage

Digital archive of north Indian classical music

Preserving the archives of the United National Independence Party of Zambia

This provides an interesting mix of government and political records, traditional oral music and classical music. Audio material is always nice to receive as it's very accessible. All I have to do is put on my headphones and click on a track. Some of the written material can be less easy to access because of the variety of languages and scripts the materials display.

That's why I was very pleased to be able to read through some of the papers copied from the United National Independence Party (UNIP) of Zambia. Being official papers from Zambia, these are in English so I was able to indulge my natural curiosity and examine some of the files. These records contain Province Reports, Circulars, Party Provincial Administration papers and general Correspondence.

It was in one of this later file-type dated 1976 that I found a draft copy of a 'secret declaration'. Here it is:

EAP121 draft secret declaration page 1 

EAP121 draft secret declaration page 2 
The draft declaration goes through a consultation and re-writing process, all documented in the file. The UNIP collection also contains minutes of the National Council meetings and the National Conventions, speeches, research reports and correspondence with regional party headquarters. The project also copied papers belonging to the African National Congress, dating from the late 1940s to the early 1970s.

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