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Amnesty International of the USA Inc. Barbara Sproul Papers, 1970-1984, bulk 1975-1981

Summary Information

Abstract

This collection documents the work of AIUSA human rights activist Barbara Sproul, particularly her work on Co-groups, opposition to the death penalty, and AIUSA policy and planning.

At a Glance

Call No.: HR#0001.20
Bib ID 10324576 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Sproul, Barbara C.
Title Amnesty International of the USA Inc. Barbara Sproul Papers, 1970-1984, bulk 1975-1981
Physical Description 10 linear feet (8 record cartons)
Language(s) English .
Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection is currently closed; all material restricted until further notice.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection has been arranged into 16 series.

Description

Summary

Much of the collection concerns the organization and functioning of AIUSA, including the work of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, the International Council Meeting (ICM), AI bylaws, fundraising, finances, and long-term planning. There is also material concerning the death penalty, prisoner cases taken on by the Riverside local group, and co-group information, especially the Eastern European (CSSR) Co-group. Materials consist of publications, reports, prisoner files, meeting minutes, financial records, planning documents, correspondence, and conference materials.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection is currently closed; all material restricted until further notice.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Amnesty International of the USA, Inc. Barbara Sproul Papers, 1970-1984; Box and Folder; Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Ownership and Custodial History

The papers were originally donated by Barbara Sproul to the University of Colorado Boulder as part of the AIUSA collection. In 2006 the AIUSA collection was transferred to RBML. Additional material donated by Barbara Sproul in June 2007.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory by Harvey N. Gardiner at the University of Colorado, Boulder, August 16, 1994. Additional processing by Catherine Carson Ricciardi in 2007 and by Carolyn Smith in April 2017. Finding aid written by Carolyn Smith in June 2018.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Amnesty International Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Amnesty International USA Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Capital punishment Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Civil rights Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Congresses and conventions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fund raising Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Human rights Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Human rights in art Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Human rights in motion pictures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Meetings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Membership campaigns Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Political prisoners Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Social rights Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sproul, Barbara C. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Strategic planning Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women's rights Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Barbara Sproul became a member of Amnesty International in 1968 and has been active with the organization for many years. She was a founding member of Amnesty's Riverside Group on the Upper East Side of New York City and served as a member of the AIUSA Board of Directors (1972-1983), as well as its General Secretary (1978-1980). Sproul was also involved in the formation of the country coordination (co-group) program and led the Eastern European Co-group. Sproul is currently a Professor of religion at Hunter College, City University of New York.