Guide to the David Lyons and Matthew Lyons Cornell Divestment Movement Collection,
1976-1987

Collection Number: 18-2-2541

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library

Contact Information:
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EAD encoding:
Martin Heggestad, June 2003
Date modified:
Anne Jones, March 2012

© 2002 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
David Lyons and Matthew Lyons Cornell divestment movement collection, 1976-1987.
Collection Number:
18-2-2541
Creator:
David Lyons, 1935-
Quantity:
1 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Reports, legal documents, memos, articles, leaflets, posters, and other publications.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Reports; legal documents; memos; and articles, leaflets, posters, and other publications, all relating to the movement for Cornell divestment in South Africa.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Matthew Lyons (Cornell University Class of 1986) helped to organize and participated in the first divestment sit-ins at Cornell's Day Hall in April-May 1985, as well as the May 8, 1985 action, "Take It To the Straight." In the fall of 1985, he helped to coordinate the divestment movement's daily sit-ins and civil disobedience at Day Hall. David Lyons, Matthew's father, is professor of law and philosophy at Cornell University. He was part of the first group of Cornell faculty and staff to be arrested in the divestment sit-ins in April 1985. He helped to draft the principal Faculty and Staff Against Apartheid (FSAA) documents including "Why Cornell Should Divest" and the FSAA's reply to the Proxy Review Committee Report on divestment. He represented Shantytown residents within the Cornell judicial system with regard to their complaints against the central administration.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Reports; legal documents; memos; and articles, leaflets, posters, and other publications, all relating to the movement for Cornell divestment in South Africa.

SUBJECTS

Names:
Lyons, David, 1935-
Lyons, Matthew Nemiroff.
Cornell University--Students.
Cornell University--Faculty.

Subjects:
Student movements.
Students--Political activity.
Disinvestment.

Places:
United States--Foreign relations--South Africa.
South Africa--Economic conditions--1961-1991.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
David Lyons and Matthew Lyons Cornell divestment movement collection, #18-2-2541. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Date
Description
Container
Spring 1985
CIA protests
Box 1 Folder 1
1983, 1985
SADC (South Africa Divestment Coalition) report
Box 1 Folder 2
1976-1985
Trustee and Johnson Wax investment policies
Box 1 Folder 3
Trustee conflicts of interest re: investment policy
Box 1 Folder 4
Articles on divestment and divestiture - non-Cornell sources
Box 1 Folder 5
Articles on South Africa - non-Cornell sources
Box 1 Folder 6
Harvard alumni divestment work
Box 1 Folder 7
Apr.-June 1985
Cornell divestment leaflets, memos, etc.
Box 1 Folder 8
1985
Spring 1985 cases - City Court
Box 1 Folder 9
1985
Spring 1985 cases - Cornell judicial system
Box 1 Folder 10
Spring 1985
Faculty and Staff Against Apartheid (FSAA)
Box 1 Folder 11
Spring 1985
Shantytown civil litigation
Box 1 Folder 12
May 1985
Cornell Review (anti-divestment)
Box 1 Folder 13
June 1985
Divestment Convocation
Box 1 Folder 14
June 1985
Ithaca Journal reporting protest
Box 1 Folder 15
Summer 1985
Divestment legal analysis
Box 1 Folder 16
Eduation Against Oppression
Box 1 Folder 17
Summer, Fall 1985
Cornell divestment leaflets, memos
Box 1 Folder 18
Summer, Fall 1985
FSAA
Box 1 Folder 19
May-Sept. 1985
Faculty referendum on divestment
Box 1 Folder 20
Fall 1985
New York Supreme Court cases
Box 1 Folder 21
1985
Fall 1985 cases - Cornell judicial system
Box 1 Folder 22
Fall 1985-Jan. 1986
Proxy Review Committee report and discussion/replies
Box 1 Folder 23
1985-1986
Non-divestment activism related to divestment movement
Box 1 Folder 24
1986
Spring 1986 cases - Cornell judicial system
Box 1 Folder 25
Spring 1986
FSAA
Box 1 Folder 26
1986
Cornell Divestment and Anti-Racism Coalition leaflets, memos
Box 1 Folder 27
Fall 1986
Cornell Judicial System Cases
Box 1 Folder 28
Fall 1986
Arts Faculty Resolution 10/86 / FSAA
Box 1 Folder 29
1987
Spring 1987 cases - Cornell judicial system
Box 1 Folder 30
Humor
Box 1 Folder 31
1985-1987
Leftist student publications
Box 1 Folder 32
1987
FSAA
Box 1 Folder 33
1985-1987
UAW and faculty/student support
Box 1 Folder 34
1977-1985
Free speech and Cornell photo policy
Box 1 Folder 35
June-late 1985
Proposed Campus Code changes (RAMPO)
Box 1 Folder 36
New Campus Code, etc. instituted
Box 1 Folder 37
1986-1987
Free Speech Commission
Box 1 Folder 38
Shantytown documents
Box 1 Folder 39
May 1985
Drafts of shantytown complaints
Box 1 Folder 40
May-June 1985
Original shantytown complaints vs. Cornell
Box 1 Folder 41
Prior cases relevant to shantytown hearings (Cornell judicial system)
Box 1 Folder 42
June 1985
Amended shantytown complaints
Box 1 Folder 43
Summer 1985
Exchange of memos re: shantytown complaints
Box 1 Folder 44
Shantytown appeal to Cornell Hearing Board
Box 1 Folder 45
Shantytown appeal to Cornell Review Board
Box 1 Folder 46
Spring 1985
Divestment poster
Box 1 Folder 47