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At a Glance
This collection has been arranged into five series.
This collection documents the work of Halperin and his colleagues on the AIUSA Board of Directors from 1989-1995. It contains material pertaining to AIUSA committees, planning, events, structure, and budget. Events include the Annual General Meeting, International Council meetings, the Death Penalty Campaign, and the Indigenous Peoples Campaign. Additionally, Halperin addressed other aspects of human rights violations during his time on the Board, including prisoners of conscience, survivors of torture, and the rights of women and gays. The bulk of the files contain meeting minutes, notes, financial statements, drafts, reports, resolutions, reviews, and correspondence. This collection also contains research materials pertaining to areas of human rights violations. It is comprised largely of publications by other human rights and international organizations, clippings, copies of US legislation, and Amnesty International reports. An extensive clippings file on the death penalty worldwide is also included.
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); AIUSA Rick Halperin Papers, 1987-1999; 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 Rick Halperin to the University of Colorado Boulder on November 10, 1995 as part of the AIUSA collection. In 2006 the AIUSA collection was transferred to RBML.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
The collection was processed by Harvey N. Gardiner, University of Colorado Boulder in November 1995. Additional processing in 2012 by Erin Lee Barsan, Pratt Institute '14. Finding aid written by Erin Lee Barsan in November, 2012.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Rick Halperin is an expert on human rights issues and currently a professor of human rights at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Halperin served as Treasurer of AIUSA from 1984 to 1988, and from 1989-1995 as a member of the Board of Directors. From 1992-1993, he also served as Chair of the Board. During his time on the board, Halperin worked on various campaigns and committees, including the Death Penalty Campaign, Conscientious Objector Support Network, Children's Action Network Steering Committee, and the Indigenous Peoples Campaign. Since 1994, Halperin has served as Amnesty International's Texas coordinator for the abolition of the death penalty.