Scope and Content
Title: Leo Kuper Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1951-1993
Collection number: 1550
51 boxes (25.5 linear ft.)
University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Leo Kuper (1908-1994) was a faculty member in UCLA Department of Sociology (1961-77), director of the UCLA African Studies
Center (1968-1972) and published many articles and books. The collection consists of research materials, manuscripts, books,
other printed materials, audio tapes, videotapes, and microfilm compiled by UCLA Sociology Professor Leo Kuper.
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[Identification of item], Leo Kuper Papers (Collection 1550). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research
Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
UCLA Catalog Record ID
Kuper was born in 1908 in Johannesburg, South Africa; he practiced law there, defending human rights victims and representing
integrated trade unions; served as an intelligence officer in World War II; studied sociology at the University of North Carolina
and at Birmingham University in England; chairman of Department of Sociology and dean of the faculty of social sciences at
the University of Natal in South Africa; faculty member in UCLA Department of Sociology (1961-77); director of the UCLA African
Studies Center from 1968 to 1972; published articles and books include:
Passive Resistance in South Africa (1957),
Durban: A Study in Racial Ecology (1958),
An African Bourgeoisie (1965),
The Pity of it All: Polarization of Racial and Ethnic Relations (1977),
Genocide: Its Political Use in the Twentieth Century (1981), and
The Prevention of Genocide (1985); established International Alert in 1985 with Lord Michael Young in London and Los Angeles; he died on May 23, 1994.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of research materials, manuscripts, books, other printed materials, audio tapes, videotapes, and microfilm
compiled by UCLA Sociology Professor Leo Kuper. Includes material documenting his research on Durban, R.S.A., and on genocide.
Documents his service to organizations related to human rights, political prisoners and genocide, and contains files for the
organization, International Alert, and files illustrating his work with curriculum planning for the California schools system.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
University of California, Los Angeles. Dept. of Sociology--Faculty--Archives.
International Alert (Organization).
Human rights workers--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.