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Amnesty International of the USA Inc. Ivan Morris Fund Records, 1984-2007, bulk 1984-1998

Summary Information

Abstract

This collection documents the actions of the Ivan Morris Fund, an AIUSA fund that provides financial support to assist local groups in their efforts to help prisoners of conscience and their families worldwide.

At a Glance

Call No.: HR# 0001.54
Bib ID 12590759 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Amnesty International USA. Ivan Morris Fund
Title Amnesty International of the USA Inc. Ivan Morris Fund Records, 1984-2007, bulk 1984-1998
Physical Description 1.68 linear feet (4 document boxes)
Language(s) English .
Access

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This collection is currently closed; all material restricted until further notice.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into two series.

Description

Summary

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.

Preferred Citation

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

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Carolyn Smith in September 2015.

Subject Headings

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Amnesty International USA Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Amnesty International USA. Ivan Morris Fund Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fund raising Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Human rights Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Indonesia Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Morris, Ivan, 1925-1976 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Political prisoners Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Yugoslavia Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

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.