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George M. Houser Africa collection

Identifier: MSS 294 large

Scope and Contents

Covers most countries of Africa, and includes notes on George Houser's many trips to Africa: to Guinea-Bissau in 1960, 1961, 1967, 1972, 1973; Lusaka, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde in 1974, 1975/6; Western Sahara and Algeria in 1978, 1979, 1981 (taped); 1983, and Namibia in 1989. The collection includes material relating to the American Committee on Africa (ACOA), Africa Action, American Negro Leadership Conference on Africa, and International Defence and Aid Fund. Some of the many correspondents include Julius Nyerere, Joshua Nkomo, Kanyama Chiume, Martin Luther King, Victoria Chitepo, Mary-Louise Hooper, Piet Koornhof (South African Ambassador), George W. Shepherd, and David H. Anthony. Also included are 12 original cassette tapes of interviews by George Houser and Herbert Shore with ANC leader Walter Sisulu recorded September 20-26 1995, which formed the basis for the book "I will go singing: Walter Sisulu speaks of his life and the struggle for freedom in South Africa / in conversation with George M. Houser & Herbert Shore," Cape Town: Robben Island Museum in association with the Africa Fund, New York, 2001.


  • Creation: approximately 1950-1999

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.


10 Linear Feet (10 boxes) ; 27 x 40 x 13 cm.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession information unknown, transferred in increments from the African Activist Archive Project in New York, with most recent transmittals in 2015.

Related Materials

Complements the archives of ACOA held at Tulane.


Forms part of the African Activist Archive.

Varying Form of Title

George Houser Archives on Africa, 1950s-1990s.

Varying Form of Title

George Houser papers on Africa, 1950s-1990s.

Varying Form of Title

African Activist Archive.

Finding Aid for the George M. Houser Africa collection, 1950s-1990s
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
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East Lansing MI 48823 USA