Scope and arrangement
The collection dates from 1965 to 2001 (bulk dates 1971-1993) and contains files chronicling Robert Lierop's legal career; his work in film and television; his political and community activism; and his service with the United Nations.
The Legal files are arranged chronologically by law firm or institution, and comprise files from early work he did as a student at New York University, as well as his tenures with the NAACP; Fleisher, Dornbush, Mensch & Mendelstam; and Van Lierop, Burns & Bassett. Van Lierop organized papers from each firm into alphabetical subject files, which hold correspondence, court papers, notes, and research. Of special interest are the files from Van Lierop's work on the Jones v. Alfred H Mayer Company case for the NAACP.
Van Lierop's work as a documentary director and television producer are detailed in the Film and Television files. These materials include items related to his documentaries A Luta Continua and O Povo Organizado; his work as coordinator of the Mozambique Film Project; and his production work on Like It Is. These files are arranged chronologically by project and hold contracts, correspondence, equipment inventories, financial information, film treatments, press releases, promotional materials, requests for funding, reports, reviews, scripts, and notes from speaking engagements.
Materials from Van Lierop's community and political activism are found in the Activism and Politics files. These items are arranged alphabetically, and contain research, drafts of Van Lierop's writing, and papers detailing his delegations to Cuba, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. Also included are files from his service with Manhattan's Community Board 9, the New York City District 5 Community School Board, and the St. Vent Block Association.
Van Lierop's tenure as permanent representative to Vanuatu is chronicled in the United Nations files. These materials are arranged into alphabetical subject files, and hold agendas, conference papers, correspondence, meeting minutes, notes, research, and transcripts of speeches delivered by Van Lierop. Much of these files address Van Lierop's work on various committees and working groups such as the Alliance of Small Island States, the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Non-Aligned Movement. There are also numerous notes and resources from United Nations General Assembly meetings, the Commission on Sustainable Development, Conference on Environment and Development, and the South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission. Van Lierop also kept research files on many United Nations member countries, and corresponded with numerous ambassadors, diplomats, and world leaders. The United Nations files are notable for the abundance of research and discussion materials related to climate change and environmental issues.
File are arranged chronologically by topic or institution in accordance with Van Lierop's professional career. Most materials within each topic are arranged in alphabetical subject files.