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At a Glance
This collection has been arranged into 16 series.
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
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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.
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
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.
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.