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Amnesty International USA Inc. Country Dossiers, 1977-2009

Summary Information

Abstract

This collection contains AIUSA country dossiers -- packets of documents mailed weekly by the International Secretariat to every Amnesty International Section office.

At a Glance

Call No.: HR#0001.55
Bib ID 12040740 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Amnesty International USA. Country Dossiers
Title Amnesty International USA Inc. Country Dossiers, 1977-2009
Physical Description 31 linear feet (31 record storage 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 two series.

Description

Summary

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.

Preferred Citation

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

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Carolyn Smith in July-August 2014. 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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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Amnesty International Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Amnesty International USA Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Human rights Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

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.