Report about the activities and finances of the South African Defense Fund from new employee Ann Morrissett. The document also contains a one-page report to contributors. At the end of January, 1959, the Defense Fund had about $2200 on hand, having just sent $2,000 to South Africa at the opening of the treason trial of the first group of 30 accused. At the end of April, the Fund had sent $10,000 more to South Africa. Over $15,300 was raised during this three-month period, including contributions of about $400 through Mary-Louise Hooper. Morrissett worked with George Houser on a funding appeal letter for ACOA and an accompanying leaflet about community action on the Defense Fund. Responding to a request from Cape Town, she asked Ben Shahan, Saul Steinberg, Rockwell Kent, William Gropper, and James Thurber to contribute art works for an auction for the defense fund there. The report also mentions Hugh Southern, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Spanish Refugee Aid, the United World Federalists, John Gunther, Bishop Pike, the New York Post, the Washington Post, New York Age, The Living Church, Christian Century, the Springfield Union, the Hartford Current, the Boston Herald, Congress Weekly, Community Church News, the Nation, the Amsterdam News, Lionel Foreman, Ezekiel Mphahlele, Alan Paton, Nadine Gordimer, apartheid, Chief Luthuli, the National Student Association (NSA), the Carleton Student Association, George Shepherd, the University of Chicago, Collegiate Council for the United Nations (CCUN), Peter Weiss, the Fannie Hurst showcase, Africa Freedom Day, the Village Voice, Lionel Rogosin’s film on South Africa, Mrs. Roosevelt, a benefit performance, Ronald Segal, Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, Father C. Kilmer Myers, Rev. James Robinson, Monsignor Cornelius Drew, and Bishop Ambrose Reeves.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections