|Rare Book & Manuscript Library|
At a Glance
This collection has been arranged into two series.
The collection contains country dossiers arranged by region and then alphabetically by country. There is also a small series of AI publications.
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.Manuscripts Library.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); AIUSA Country Dossier, 1977-2009; Box and Folder; Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Ownership and Custodial History
Papers were donated by Betsy Ross in June and July, 2014.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
This collection was processed by Carolyn Smith in July-August 2014. Finding aid written by Carolyn Smith in June 2018.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
AIUSA country dossiers were packets of documents mailed weekly by the International Secretariat to every Amnesty International Section office. This country-specific material was a resource for staff, members, and the public. The country dossier arrangement began in 1977 and continued for about 30 years, when the physical mailings were phased out as AI began posting external documents online. This collection contains the external documents and annual reports. Documents have an Index number showing the continent (AFR, AMR, ASA, EUR, MDE), the number given to each country, the year issued, and the middle number indicating whether it was the first, or thirtieth, document on that country issued in that year. All documents were written by the researchers at AI's London headquarters.
Filing was done by volunteers, and files were heavily used by asylum seekers, scholars, interns, press, and staff prior to the use of digital files. File names were not always immediately changed when country names changed or borders were altered.