Along with Chief Luthuli’s original family home, the Luthuli Museum possesses approximately 4,000 artefacts relating to Chief Luthuli and the Liberation Movement. These include oral histories, the Chief’s furniture, letters, photographs, manuscripts, and articles. The Luthuli Museum is continuously expanding its collections and welcomes queries about donations and sales of artefacts related to Chief Albert Luthuli. For more information, please contact the Luthuli Museum Curatorial Department.
The Luthuli Museum collection includes various tangible objects such as the Luthuli family bible in which Chief Luthuli’s wife, Nokukhanya, has
meticulously handwritten the birthdates of each family member, as well as paintings, commemorative coins and other books from Chief Luthuli's own eclectic library collection.
Archival materials currently constitute the majority of the Luthuli Museum collection. They include letters written by prisoners during their incarceration on Robben Island, original newspaper clippings about Luthuli being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, articles related to Senator Robert Kennedy's visit to South Africa in 1966, as well as various manuscripts, articles and other documents that provide insights into the lives of Chief Luthuli and other ANC members living both in South Africa and in exile during this period.
The Luthuli Museum is very proud of its photographic collection, which includes images of prominent figures from this period, such as Chief Luthuli and M B Yengwa, as well as less renowned figures who nevertheless played key roles in the Liberation Movement. Significant moments including Luthuli's trip to Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize are also captured in the collection.
As part of the Luthuli Museum's commitment to a new museology
concerned as much with memory and the intangible as with more
conventional museum artefacts, we have been involved in a rigorous process of collecting and
repatriating oral histories, which we consider part of our audiovisual collection. Also included in this collection is raw film footage of interviews with Chief Luthuli's family, friends and associates, which was produced for two documentaries that focus on the Chief's life.