Verne Harris

Harris delivering the opening keynote address, at the Australian Society of Archivists' 2017 conference

Verne Harris has been the archivist for the papers of Nelson Mandela since 2004, as Head of the Memory Programme at the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Centre of Memory and Dialogue.[1][2][3]

Before that, he had worked for South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and was the Director of the South African History Archive (SAHA).[4] From 1985 until 2001 he was an archivist with South Africa's State Archives Service and, beginning in 1997, the newly established National Archives of South Africa; he served as deputy director from 1993 to 2001.[4]


  1. ^ Honorary Research Fellows: Verne Harris" [biographical note]. Archive & Public Culture Research Initiative, University of Cape Town. Retrieved 2015-05-09.
  2. ^ Centre for Memory site
  3. ^ "The Private Side of Nelson Mandela - Verne Harris on what Nelson Mandela wanted to reveal in his autobiography - Video". ABC News. 20 October 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Verne Harris" [speaker's biographical note], The Power and Passion of Archives conference program, Information Studies, University of Toronto, March 21, 2003. Retrieved 2015-05-09.