USA for Africa was part of a plan to distribute the proceeds of a musical recording to benefit famine victims in Africa and
projects in the U.S. The collection consists of office files and videotapes related to the activities of USA for Africa.
USA for Africa, incorporated under the leadership of Ken Kragen on January 10, 1985, was part of a plan to distribute the
proceeds of a musical recording to benefit famine victims in Africa. Forty-five musicians recorded the single titled, "We
are the world," on January 28, 1985, which became the quickest selling record in music history. Over $53.1 million was distributed
or allocated to projects in Africa and the U.S.
112.5 Linear Feet
(213 boxes, 2 cartons, 4 oversize boxes)
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