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South Africa Divestment Controversy at Northwestern University

Identifier: 31/6/157

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Scope and Contents

This compilation of materials from a variety of sources fills five folders. The material dates from 1978 to 1986, reflecting two periods of intense activity.

The first folder contains documents, reports, and correspondence relating to calls for divestment. Of particular interest is the stapled, set of copies of articles and reports in a yellow binder on the 1978 movement, compiled by the Chicago Committee for a Free Africa.

Two folders hold clippings (some copies, some originals), primarily from Northwestern University newspapers and magazines, arranged in chronological order, reporting on: student opinions and evaluations of the state of affairs regarding South Africa at the time, pushes for the University to divest from its holdings in companies that operate in or are tied to South Africa, and divided support for this movement within the Northwestern community. Also included is a copy of the Fall, 2013, North by Northwestern magazine, which contains an article on NUDivest.

An additional folder holds flyers from student groups advertising meetings and rallies in support of divestment, pictures of students and student organizations.

The final folder contains various scans of clippings, most of which are duplicates.


  • 1978 - 1986
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1978-1979, 1985-1986


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


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This compilation documents student movements at Northwestern University between 1978 and 1986 which, in protest of apartheid in South Africa, called for Northwestern to divest from companies with economic ties to South Africa. The compliation consists of clippings, reports, flyers, and other documents from a variety of sources.


This compilation is organized into: documents, reports, correspondence; clippings and articles; and flyers. There is an additional folder contianing scans of clippings (chiefly duplicates).

Method of Acquisition

This artificial collection was created from materials in the University Archives' subject files.

Related Materials

General Files, Student Organizations: Anti-Apartheid Alliance

            Processed Series:

Daily Northwestern Photo Collection (75/31/26): Box 2, folder 2

James Avery Papers (30/16): Box 22, folder 18;  Box 6, folder 10;  Box 29, folder 8;  Box 33, folder 2

Dennis Brutus Papers (35/17)

Records of the President, Robert Strotz (3/18/1): Box 24, folder 8;  Box 25, folder 2

Guide to the South Africa Divestment Controversy at Northwestern University
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US