John Harrington's South Africa papers Edit


MSS 259 large


  • 1972-1995 (Creation)


  • 5 Linear Feet (Whole)
    5 boxes



  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, John Harrington’s South Africa Papers, MSS 259, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of John Harrington, 2004.

  • Processing Information

    The donation was inventoried by Peter Limb, Africana Bibliographer, in July 2004, and arranged by Lisa Robinson in August 2004.

    Inventoried: July 2004 and Arranged: August 2004.

  • Biographical / Historical

    John Harrington (b. 1956) was consultant to the Senate Select Committee on Investment Priorities and Objectives. In June 1972, John Harrington authored a legislative report for the Assembly Office of Research entitled “California’s Economic Involvement with Firms Operating in Southern Africa.” He also assisted the State Legislature’s Black Caucus draft divestment legislation. He subsequently authored additional legislative reports through the 1970s and early 1980s. He served as Chair of the Governor’s Public Investment Task Force under Governor Edmund Brown and submitted its final report in October 1981. As a publicly appointed trustee of the Sacramento City Employees, he presented documentation of U.S. corporate complicity in the deaths of hundreds of individuals in Southern Africa to the Sacramento Board of Administration, Investment and Fiscal Management. He testified before several state legislative bodies and provided expert testimony in an Oregon legal case. Authored “The Economics of Divestment” [sound recording, Pacifica Radio Archive, 1985] with Gay Seidman and Walter Turner.

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection of papers on the movement for divestment from apartheid South Africa focuses chiefly on California, but there also is material on Michigan (including MSU), Wisconsin, Connecticut, etc. Includes correspondence, reports, legislative bills, court records, memos, and articles and press clippings on the financial and legal aspects of investment in South Africa and divestiture from apartheid South Africa, as well as some anti-apartheid movement materials and photographs. It is arranged into 4 series: 1) Correspondence (1972-1991) 2) News Clippings and Press Releases 3) Visual Materials and 4) Publications, Personal Statements, and Legal Documents.

    The John Harrington Archives is part of the African Activist Archive at MSU Libraries and is therefore complemented by other parts of this collection.

  • Arrangement

    The material is arranged in four series: Series 1: Correspondence, 1972-1991; Series 2: News Clippings and Press Releases; Series 3: Visual Material; and Series 4: Publications, Personal Statements, and Legal Document

  • General

    Forms part of the African Activist Archive.

  • Varying Form of Title

    African Activist Archive.