Nancy Hawkins papers

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US US kmk 2017-18.008

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Nancy Hawkins papers


  • 1984 (Creation)


0.10 Linear Feet, 1.00 Box

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Biographical history

Nancy Hawkins served as the American Council on Consumer Interests representative to the United Nations from 1963–1991 (and perhaps longer). From 1963–1972 and 1984–1991 (and perhaps longer), Nancy represented the International Organization of Consumers Unions at the United Nations. She worked on consumer issues that were discussed by the UN’s Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly. Nancy and Persia Campbell worked to have Consumer Education and Information included in the economic rights section of the Declaration on Human Rights. Nancy wanted to make sure future students of the consumer movement had access to this information. Nancy also served from 1960–62 as the president of the Consumers League of New Jersey.

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The Nancy Hawkins collection consist of reports, letters, and statements authored by other people. One report was presented to the United Nations General Assembly in 1984 and contains draft guidelines for consumer protection, which was actually passed by the UN in the draft guidelines. One letter from Ambassador Alan L. Keyer, published in the New York Times on October 17, 1984, criticized consumer advocate Esther Peterson's criticism of the Reagan Administration. A letter from IOCU Director Lars Broch to Mr. Fareer, Minister of Pakistan offered technical comments on the draft guidelines and is accompanied by 3 pages of a letter to the United Kingdom government. Another letter from Broch to Esther Peterson addressed the guidelines. There is a partial statement about consumer issues from Robert Steeves, Deputy Director of the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs, addressing the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Organization of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Several pages are missing from this statement including the first page. Notes made by Nancy Hawkins on the statement are illegible. There is a five-page statement by Ambassador Alan L. Keyes before the same subcommittee the same year, 1984, addressing consumer protection in general and the United Nation's role in formulating consumer guidelines.

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The collection is arranged in one box.

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The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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It received accession number 2017-18.008.

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Acqusition Source: Nancy Hawkins
Acqusition Method: Donation
Acqusition Date: 20170802

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  • Citation: Preferred Citation: [Item title], [item date], Nancy Hawkins papers, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

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Finding Aid Author: Jane Schillie

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