Papers of the Sami Support Committee

Scope and Content

Correspondence with activists and organisations, notes, printed ephemera, circulars, press cuttings, issues of journals and magazines.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Sami Support Committee was formed early in 1981 to support the Sami people and other activists protesting against the Alta-Kautokeino hydro-electric project in northern Norway, which would flood Sami reindeer grazing lands. The group was formed following a picket of the Norwegian tourist office on 14 January 1981 in response to the Norwegian government decision to break up the protest using force. Survival International, CIMRA and London Greenpeace were the organisers of the picket. The Committee was based at London Greenpeace 6 Endsleigh Street. This collection was created by one of the activists involved with the Committee, Martyn Lowe.


Material was received in one box plus some loose items. Original order has been retained.

Access Information

Available to researchers, by appointment. Access to archive material is subject to preservation requirements and must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation. This Archive includes correspondence containing personal data, to which access is restricted under the Data Protection Act pending further research. This will be carried out in response to user demand so individuals are encouraged to inform Special Collections of their interest in this material.

Acquisition Information

Papers donated by Martyn Lowe to Commonweal, before 2004.


This description is 'interim'; it is published as part of our 'First Sort' programme which aims to put basic information about new archives into the public domain as quickly as possible. We will refine and enrich it in response to user demand.

Alternative Form Available

Text of some of the circulars in this archive was available online at the time this catalogue was written, shared by London Greenpeace activists on the site

Archivist's Note

Described by Alison Cullingford, June 2018.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be supplied or produced at the discretion of Special Collections staff, subject to copyright law and the condition of the originals. Applications for permission to make published use of any material should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian in the first instance. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Appraisal Information

Duplicate circulars and blank pages have been removed. One publication, 'Charta 79: the Sami people and human rights' has been transferred to the Peace Pamphlets Collection. It is likely that further cataloguing will reveal more scope for appraisal.


No further accruals are expected.

Related Material

Related archives at the University of Bradford include the papers of London Greenpeace (Cwl BGP).

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