John Harrington's South Africa papers
Scope and Contents
This collection of papers on the movement for divestment from apartheid South Africa focuses chiefly on California, but there also is material on Michigan (including MSU), Wisconsin, Connecticut, etc. Includes correspondence, reports, legislative bills, court records, memos, and articles and press clippings on the financial and legal aspects of investment in South Africa and divestiture from apartheid South Africa, as well as some anti-apartheid movement materials and photographs. It is arranged into 4 series: 1) Correspondence (1972-1991) 2) News Clippings and Press Releases 3) Visual Materials and 4) Publications, Personal Statements, and Legal Documents.
The John Harrington Archives is part of the African Activist Archive at MSU Libraries and is therefore complemented by other parts of this collection.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Access
The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.
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.
Biographical / Historical
John Harrington (b. 1956) was consultant to the Senate Select Committee on Investment Priorities and Objectives. In June 1972, John Harrington authored a legislative report for the Assembly Office of Research entitled “California’s Economic Involvement with Firms Operating in Southern Africa.” He also assisted the State Legislature’s Black Caucus draft divestment legislation. He subsequently authored additional legislative reports through the 1970s and early 1980s. He served as Chair of the Governor’s Public Investment Task Force under Governor Edmund Brown and submitted its final report in October 1981. As a publicly appointed trustee of the Sacramento City Employees, he presented documentation of U.S. corporate complicity in the deaths of hundreds of individuals in Southern Africa to the Sacramento Board of Administration, Investment and Fiscal Management. He testified before several state legislative bodies and provided expert testimony in an Oregon legal case. Authored “The Economics of Divestment” [sound recording, Pacifica Radio Archive, 1985] with Gay Seidman and Walter Turner.
5 Linear Feet (5 boxes) ; 27 x 40 x 13 cm.
Language of Materials
The material is arranged in four series: Series 1: Correspondence, 1972-1991; Series 2: News Clippings and Press Releases; Series 3: Visual Material; and Series 4: Publications, Personal Statements, and Legal Document
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of John Harrington, 2004.
Forms part of the African Activist Archive.
Varying Form of Title
African Activist Archive.
The donation was inventoried by Peter Limb, Africana Bibliographer, in July 2004, and arranged by Lisa Robinson in August 2004.
Inventoried: July 2004 and Arranged: August 2004.
- Anti-apartheid movements -- California.
- Anti-apartheid movements -- United States
- Corporate divestiture -- South Africa.
- Disinvestment -- South Africa.
- Investments, American -- South Africa.
- South Africa -- Foreign economic relations -- United States.
- United States -- Foreign economic relations -- South Africa.
- Finding Aid for the John Harrington's South Africa Papers, 1972-1995
- 4 Published And Cataloged
- Finding aid prepared by MarcEdit.
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