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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Processing Information
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement

  • Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: USA for Africa records
    source: Buchanan, Christopher
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.1669
    Physical Description: 112.5 Linear Feet (213 boxes, 2 cartons, 4 oversize boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1986-1989
    Abstract: 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.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Portions of collection unprocessed. Audio and audiovisual materials are unavailable for access. Please see LSC's Access to Unprocessed Collections Policy  for more information about levels of discovery and access of special collections materials and registering interest in unprocessed collections.

    Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

    Property rights to the objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    CONTAINS UNPROCESSED AUDIO AND AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: Audio and audiovisual materials are not currently available for access and will require further processing and assessment. If you have questions about this material please email spec-coll@library.ucla.edu.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Christopher Buchanan, 1991.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], USA for Africa Records (Collection 1669). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 9934671153606533 

    Processing Information

    Processed by Manuscripts Division staff, 1999.
    Collections are processed to a variety of levels depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived user interest and research value, availability of staff and resources, and competing priorities. Library Special Collections provides a standard level of preservation and access for all collections and, when time and resources permit, conducts more intensive processing. These materials have been arranged and described according to national and local standards and best practices.
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    Biographical / Historical

    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.

    Scope and Contents

    Collection consists of office files and videotapes related to the activities of USA for Africa.


    This collection has been arranged in the following series: 1. Administrative Files; 2. Administrative Files (Series II); 3. Africa Development Bank; 4. Africa Program Files and Resource Materials; 5. Development Education; 6. Development Education (Rejects); 7. Development Resources; 8. Ethiopia and Others (Rejections); 9. General Resources; 10. Medical Task Force - Rejects and Resource Material; 11. Miscellaneous Rejections; 12. Miscellaneous Resource Material; 13. Photos / Photo Albums; 14. Proposals / Communications / Information on Organizations; 15. Proposals Accepted and Funded; 16. RD II Rejected Proposals; 17. United Nations Correspondence / Memos; 18. WATW Africa Tapes; 19. W.I.D. Rejects

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Musicians--United States--Archival resources.
    Nonprofit organizations--United States--Archival resources.
    Business records.
    Buchanan, Christopher