Lou Kushnick Collection

Scope and Content

This collection mainly covers Lou Kushnick's work and research
relating to race relations in the UK and US. This includes published
articles and chapters, correspondence, working papers and notes,
and newspaper clippings. Notable items include the 95 interviews
with key figures who discuss American politics, economics, health
and welfare and racial polarisation in the 1980s and 1990s. These
recordings include interviews of key politicians, academics and
community leaders in New York, Boston and Chicago.

Administrative / Biographical History

Lou Kushnick, OBE, is the founder of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race
Relations Research Centre and of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Lou received his first degree from Columbia
University before receiving a scholarship to complete his PhD in
political science at Yale University. He then moved to the University
of Manchester on a further scholarship, where he settled
permanently and lectured in American Studies while living with his
wife, Pat. Lou moved to the UK before the main US Civil Rights
Movement gained momentum, and therefore it was racial
discrimination in the UK that sparked his own interest in race and


The collection has been arranged into six series:

  • GB3228.30/1 - Articles and Publications
  • GB3228.30/2 - Newspaper Cuttings
  • GB3228.30/3 - Correspondence
  • GB3228.30/4 - Working Papers
  • GB3228.30/5 - Personal Papers
  • GB3228.30/6 - Interviews, Lectures and Radio Programmes

Access Information

Partial Access Restriction

Available for research purposes only, in-person at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE
Centre. 24 hours notice is required to view this collection. Material
will then be accessible through the Search Room, Manchester
Central Library, St. Peters Square, Manchester, M2 5PD. To access
this collection please contact: rrarchive@manchester.ac.uk

Acquisition Information

Lou Kushnick.

Alternative Form Available

The original interview recordings (GB3228.30/6) have been digitised
and access copies are now available as CDs.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Some items held digitally only.

Conditions Governing Use

For private research and study purposes only.

Appraisal Information

Presume that no appraisal or destruction undertaken when initially
catalogued. Item GB3228.30/6/99 contained recordings of a radio documentary
about Ronald Reagan and a recording of a Superman radio drama,
this was removed from collection due to irrelevant subject matter.

Custodial History

Created, collected and stored by Lou Kushnick prior to donation to
the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre.


No further accruals expected.

Related Material

Please see item level for specific related material. Lou Kushnick also
has several publications in the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah RACE Centre
Library, which you can search here:

A Source Guide and Theme List for Series GB3228.30/6 is available
upon request which summarises each interview. Please contact
rrarchive@manchester.ac.uk to request

Additional Information

Item descriptions revised October 2020.