Oregon Anti-Apartheid Scrapbook

Two Pages from the Oregon Anti-Apartheid Scrapbook

MSS Ferguson, Ed Oregon Anti-Apartheid Scrapbook, 1980-1982
Accession 2012:010  
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Oregon Anti-Apartheid Scrapbook – ScholarsArchive

The Oregon Anti-Apartheid Scrapbook is made up of newspaper clippings assembled by OSU history department faculty member Ed Ferguson. Ferguson, a specialist in African history, served as an associate professor in the history department from 1979-1991.

The scrapbook documents the protest and educational campaign led by the OSU African Students Association (ASA) in response to wrestling coach Dale Thomas’ association with the South African wrestling community. Thomas’ hosting of visiting South African coaches and proposed team tour of the country drew fire because of an international ban upon competition with South African athletes as a protest of the racist apartheid political system.

Taken primarily from the OSU Barometer, the Corvallis Gazette-Times, and The Oregonian newspapers, these clippings include editorials about the campaign, articles about campaign presentations sponsored by the ASA on apartheid, and stories about public campus forums about the topic. The clippings date from 1980-1982 and include letters to the editor by Ferguson and stories about his involvement in the forums.

Entitled “Enforcing the International Sports Boycott of South Africa at OSU: News Clippings from the Struggle” the scrapbook is a photocopy of the original which is a part of the Oregon Anti-Apartheid Files currently described as part of the African Activist Archives Project at Michigan State University.

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