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Guide to the South Africa Policy Implementation Committee records, 1984-1987

Abstract

The South Africa Policy Implementation Committee was authorized by resolution of the Board of Trustees in 1986 to implement the policies recommended by the Committee on Social Implications of Duke Stock, formed in 1985.

Collection contains records relating to the operations and activities of the South Africa Policy Implementation Committee and includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, minutes, printed material, and clippings concerning apartheid and Duke University's decision to divest.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Duke University. Office of the President. South Africa Policy Implementation Committee.
Title
South Africa Policy Implementation Committee records 1984-1987
Language of Material
English
Extent
1.4 Linear Feet, Approx. 1,200 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Contains material pertaining to the activities of the South Africa Policy Implementation Committee. The collection contains rosters, minutes, and reports of the Committee as well as correspondence and memoranda concerning Duke's policy toward and financial relationships with corporations with operations in South Africa during apartheid. Correspondence between University President H. Keith H. Brodie and representatives of corporations such as International Business Machines, Mcgraw-Hill, Inc., Texaco, Inc., American Express Company, R.J. Reynolds/Nabisco, Inc., and Cocoa-Cola Company documents corporate reaction to Duke's decision to divest. Memoranda, minutes, reports, and rosters of the Committee on Social Implications of Duke Stock are also present.

Throughout the collection are clippings and other printed material addressing social, political, and economic conditions in South Africa, policies adopted by other universities and colleges toward South Africa, and reports and studies relating to the feasibility, appropriateness, and potential consequences of divestment.

Administrative Information

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Records of the University's Board of Trustees which have been existence for at least fifty years are available for scholarly research with the permission of the University Archivist. Access to records which have been in existence for less than fifty years shall be granted only by special permission, in writing, from the Board of Trustees.

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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

Administrative, 1985-1987
(4 folders)
Box 1
Barr, Graham (staff): notes and miscellaneous. 1985-1986, undated
Box 1
Clippings and articles, 1984-1986
Box 1
PIC mailings and handouts, 1986-1987
Box 1
Corporate response to May 3, 1986 resolution on divestment (A-Q), 1986-1987
(3 folders)
Box 1
Corporate response to May 3, 1986 resolution on divestment (R-Z), 1986-1987
Box 2
Letters and lists of recipients of same, 1986
Box 2
Corporate responses to Marty [Martin T. November] (Pres. Associated Students of Duke University), 1985
Box 2
Other Universities, Policies of, 1985-1986
(2 folders)
Box 2
Responses from other colleges, 1986
Box 2

Historical Note

Formed in 1986, the South Africa Policy Implementation Committee pursued the policies formulated by the Committee on Social Implications of Duke Stock and agreed to by the Board of Trustees. In 1985, University President Terry Sanford created the Committee on Social Implications of Duke Stock. The Committee was chaired by Law School professor Walter Dellinger, III, and composed of four students, graduate and undergraduate, six faculty members, two administrators, and two Trustees.

On May 3, 1986 the Board of Trustees, at the recommendation of the Committee on Social Implications of Duke Stock, voted to sell all holdings of companies doing business in South Africa if that nation's system of apartheid was not ended by January 1, 1987.

The Board's vote in support of divestment followed more than a year of campus activism focusing on apartheid and University investments in South Africa.

Subject Headings

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], South Africa Policy Implementation Committee Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The South Africa Policy Implementation Committee records were received by the University Archives as a transfer prior to 2007.

Processing Information

Processed by Josh Larkin Rowley, March 2009

Encoded by Josh Larkin Rowley, March 2009

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.