California Hands Across America records Edit


Finding Aid Author
Rebecca Hirsch
Finding Aid Date
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.


  • 1986 – 1986 (Creation)


  • 4.96 Linear Feet (Whole)
    5 boxes

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  • Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], California Hands Across America records, Collection no. 0227, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

  • Separated Materials

    One 500ml bottle of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection USP was removed from the collection.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    The collection contains published articles; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access. Consult finding aid for additional information.

  • Historical Note

    Hands Across America was a benefit event staged on May 25, 1986, in which millions of people held hands for fifteen minutes along a path across the continental United States. The event was intended to raise money to fight hunger and homelessness and was the brainchild of the group USA for Africa. The event netted about $15 million, $1.2 million of which was disbursed to charities in California in 1987. The Director of the California Hands Across America office was Roger Carrick. Edd Hernandez was the Field Director, while Kenneth Fitzgerald was in charge of promotions and Victoria Pipkin was the office's Press Secretary. Kevin Irion was the Volunteer and Customer Service Coordinator.

  • Scope and Content

    This collection contains the records of the California office of Hands Across America. The materials present in this collection include correspondence, internal memoranda, promotional materials, press releases, ephemera, newspaper clippings and artifacts. Please see the Scope and Content notes of individual series for more information.

  • Abstract

    The records of the California office of Hands Across America include correspondence, memoranda, promotional materials, newspaper clippings, and ephemera. Held on May 25, 1986, Hands Across America was a benefit event staged to raise money to fight hunger and homelessness.