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At a Glance
This collection is arranged into two series.
Materials include grant applications, correspondence, requests for help from family of prisoners, lists of funds, general information on the Ivan Morris Fund, and a copy of "Relief Policies and Procedures for AIUSA Adoption Groups" by Barbara Sproul.
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. Ivan Morris Fund, 1984-2007; 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 in August 2009.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
This collection was processed by Carolyn Smith in September 2015.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
The Ivan Morris Fund was established in 1978 in memory of Ivan Morris, one of the founders of AIUSA, the first chair of its Board of Directors (1973-1976), and the leader of its first adoption group. Ivan Morris was also a professor at Columbia University. The fund assisted AIUSA local groups that had adopted the cases of prisoners of conscience by matching up to $250 annually. If the groups could not raise the money, it could also provide more funds or unmatched grants. This money was sent directly to provide relief to prisoners and their families. Acceptable uses included legal and medical costs, general living expenses, and education.
To initiate a fund request, local groups would submit an application containing information on the prisoner, the amount requested, what its needed for, and other details of the case. The fund was managed at the Washington DC office and applications were sent twice per year to the national office in New York to be reviewed by the AIUSA Relief Committee. Checks were sent from the fund to the group once approved.