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Guide to the Materials on the divestment controversy and policy of the University of California, 1985-1986
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Materials on the divestment controversy and policy of the University of California,
    Date (inclusive): 1985-1986
    Collection Number: CU-312
    Extent: 1 box (1.25 linear ft.)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library. University Archives.
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Materials on the divestment controversy and policy of the University of California, CU-312, University Archives, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Scope and Content

    In January 1985 then Student Regent Fred Gaines introduced a resolution calling for investigation by the Treasurer of the Regents' investments in companies doing business in South Africa. The Treasurer's report was issued on June 1, 1985, but by that time the controversy surrounding the issue had sparked demonstrations on several of the campuses, beginning with Berkeley in April, and the formation of several student and faculty groups protesting these investments.
    In addition to the social concerns against apartheid expressed by these groups, there were numerous other factors, especially legal ones, which came into play as this controversy continued. One of these concerned the legal obligation of the Regents' to protect their invested funds by not selling investments in such a way as to decrease the value of their holdings.
    This collection, transferred from the Library of the Office of the President in April 1993, contains reports, statements, articles, etc., from the University administration as well as various groups constituted during this controversy. In addition there are materials on the legal aspects of the divestment issue as well as statements made by such bodies as the Fair Political Practices Commission on possible conflict of interest concerns among the Regents.
    The collection is largely composed of photocopies of materials circulating either in the Office of the President or in the Secretary of the Regents office, but there is no statement as to which office actually assembled the collection. The collection was housed in a series of three-ring binders and has been transferred to folders for ease of handling; the folder titles reflect without change the divisions already established when the collection was received.