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Gretchen Eick Southern Africa papers

Identifier: MSS 352 large

Scope and Contents

This collection includes only materials about Southern Africa and U.S. policy. Among these materials are some of Eick's own writing, as well as publications from a variety of sources in the U.S. and in Africa about Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Namibia. Most of the materials are from 1987 when Eick traveled to Southern Africa. Selected documents have been digitized and appear in the African Activist Archive website:


  • Creation: approximately 1987

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored offsite. Please request 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

The second half of the 20th century was a tumultous time for the Southern African region. The instability was mostly due to racial segregation and the marginalization of ethnic groups. It was a time of military coups and political assassinations. Outside of this region, many political and religious groups formed to voice their opinions on the issues. This collection is one woman's ideas, materials, and writings regarding the policies by and towards Southern Africa.

Gretchen Eick was Policy Advocate on Military and Foreign Policy at the United Church of Christ Office of Church in Society in Washington, D.C. from October 1977 to October 1987. Before joining the staff of the Office of the Church in Society, she worked at the Washington Office on Africa, sponsored by a number of notional denominational agencies. Eick also participated in the Southern Africa Task Force of the Potomac Association of the United Church of Christ, a voluntary group of member of churches in the metropolitan region of Washington, D.C.


1 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection donated by Gretchen Eick in 2009.

Existence and Location of Copies

Selected documents have been digitized and are available on the African Activist Archive website:

Processing Information

Processed by Jillian C. Coy, December 2013.

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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