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Aubrey McCutcheon papers

Identifier: MSS 642

Scope and Contents

The Aubrey McCutcheon papers contain reports, articles, news clippings, correspondence, and other materials relating to South Africa Apartheid, divestment, nuclear arms, exports, human rights violations, and other topics.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1972 - 1986
  • Creation: 1972 - 1994


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored off site. 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

Aubrey McCutcheon is the Senior Resident Director for the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Ethiopia. He is the former Chief of Party for the Protecting Human Rights (PHR) Program of Plan International in Bangladesh and most recently served as NDI’s Senior Resident Director in Nigeria and earlier in Liberia. Prior to his work with NDI and Plan International, McCutcheon served as the Deputy Executive Director and Director of Programs for Global Rights: Partners for Justice at its international headquarters in Washington, D.C. He lived for many years in southern Africa and south Asia, working in Namibia, South Africa, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. In those locations he worked first with the Ford Foundation, designing support for the human rights and social justice sectors, and later as an independent consultant. Earlier he served as a congressional staff director and as a legislative aide to two Members of Congress in the United States. Aubrey has also served as executive director of the Washington Office on Africa, and director of legislative and political affairs for Sane/Freeze, an arms control and disarmament organization. A native of Detroit, Michigan, McCutcheon earned a Master’s degree in Social Policy, Planning and Participation in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He also holds a Master’s in Law and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. He had earlier earned a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University’s Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Yale University.


.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Aubrey McCutcheon in 2018.

Related Materials

This collection is part of the African Activist Archive.

Processing Information

Jessica Martin processed this collection in 2018 and in 2020 Lydia Tang revised the description.

Sources consulting in creating the finding aid include: "Aubrey McCutcheon," NDI,; "Support Committee," US African Network,

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Repository Details

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

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