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Preliminary Inventory of the Iran Freedom Foundation Records
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Description
The collection relates to the Iranian revolution of 1979, subsequent political conditions and civil rights abuses in Iran, the Iran-Iraq War, Iranians in the United States and elsewhere, and American foreign policy toward Iran. It contains correspondence, press releases, appeals, clippings, speeches and writings, financial records, reports, bulletins, newsletters, pamphlets, serial issues, photographs, sound recordings, and videotapes. The collection includes some personal papers, 1966-1980, of Ali A. Tabatabai, founder of the organization, and material relating to his assassination.
Background
The Iran Freedom Foundation (IFF) was formed in Bethesda, Maryland in October 1979. Prior to establishing the IFF, the organization's founder and president, Ali Akbar Tabatabai worked as director of the Foreign Relations Department of the Ministry of Information in Tehran and press attaché at the Iranian embassy in Washington, D.C., in the final years of the Shah's reign and under the leadership of Ambassador Ardeshir Zahedi (1977-1979). Ali Akbar Tabatabai was assassinated in July 1980 by Daoud Salahuddin (David Belfield) at the front door of his home in Maryland. After his assassination, Ali Akbar's identical twin brother, Mohammad Reza, took over the operations of the IFF.
Extent
60 manuscript boxes, 3 cassette boxes, 1 open reel box, 2 cubic foot boxes, and 1 oversize box (27.7 linear feet)
Restrictions
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.
Availability
Collection is open for research.