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William Minter papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 487

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the activist papers of William Minter related to African liberation movements from the 1960s to the early 2000s. Most material are newsletters, flyers, and other publications of the organizations with which Minter worked, include the Madison Area Committee on Southern Africa, the Mozambique Support Network, and the Africa Policy Information Center.


  • Creation: 1964 - 1996

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

William (Bill) Minter has been an activist, researcher and writer since the 1960s, focusing on Africa. He attended the University of Ibadan, in Nigeria, from 1961-62 and taught at the secondary school of the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) in Tanzania and Mozambique, from 1966-68 and 1974-76.

He worked for several organizations focused on Africa and African liberation, including Africa Action, the Africa Policy Information Center, and the Washington Office on Africa in the 1990s. He is the author of No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century, 1950-2000, co-edited by Gail Hovey and Charles Cobb, Jr. He is currently the editor of Africa Focus.


1.26 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



The folders in this collection are in original order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by William Minter in 2017.

Processing Information

Courtney Smith processed this collection in 2018.

Finding Aid for the William Minter papers
4 Published And Cataloged
Jessica Achberger Martin
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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