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CR. Civil Rights and Social Justice

 Collecting Area
Identifier: CR
Queens College students and faculty have a rich history of participation in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, as well as other struggles for social justice. Starting in 2009, Special Collections and Archives (SCA) began collecting materials from alumni, faculty, and community members involved in these movements. The collections document projects like Mississippi Freedom Summer in 1964 and the Summer Community Organization and Political Education (SCOPE) project in 1965, as well as local and campus chapters of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). SCA also has smaller quantities of materials related to McCarthyism and LGBTQIA activism. SCA continues to incorporate a broader array of voices, organizations, and eras in this collecting area.

Found in 31 Collections and/or Records:

Harvey Silver political literature and ephemera

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SCA-0086
Abstract

Collection of fliers, posters, buttons, handbills, and other political ephemera from the 1960s-1970s documenting activist movements in New York City, Queens, and Queens College. Topics include the Vietnam War, 1968 presidential and other elections, students’ rights, and racism. Materials in the collection were gathered by Harvey Silver, a Queens College alumnus who was student activist and photographer of various political and cultural events in the 1960s-1970s.

Dates: circa 1962-2020; Majority of material found within circa 1965-1975

J. Chester Johnson Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SCA-0041
Scope and Content Note

This collection documents Johnson’s participation in the civil rights movement as well as later involvement in social justice efforts through literary works he has created. The collection contains five physical works, one digital work, miscellaneous papers and articles describing social justice events he participated in, and a typed profile sheet of Johnson as a poet.

Dates: 2005 - 2014

James R. Forman Library Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SCA-0076
Abstract

James Forman was an important figure in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, serving as Executive Secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) between 1961-1966, and a life-long intellectual and activist. The James Forman Library includes approximately 1,940 books; four thousand printed items (comprised of pamphlets, serials, and reports); ten linear feet of FBI files; five linear feet of media materials; and three linear feet of personal papers.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1964 - 2000; 1872-2005

Jean L. Konzal Papers

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: SCA-0042
Abstract

This collection includes personal and printed materials, photographs, and feature personal accounts of Konzal’s activities as a tutor, civil rights activist, and student. The collection documents the Student Help Project in Prince Edward County, Virginia, and, to a lesser extent, other civil rights activism through 1965. Also present are materials on the 1963 March on Washington and documents from several civil rights organizations.

Dates: 1962-2012; Majority of material found within 1963 - 1964

Joan Nestle Oral History (1991-1992)

 Collection
Identifier: SCA-0075-B
Scope and Contents In the first interview from 1991, Melissa Thomas talks to Joan Nestle about her role in the Queens College Seek Program; the Lesbian Herstory Archives; her writing career; and her background as a Queens College student and as a lesbian and feminist. Nestle details her experience with the Queens College SEEK community and her lesbian feminist community. She reflects on the negative and positive aspects of teaching a multicultural program in an all white environment, discusses her illness...
Dates: 1991 - 1992-03-07

Joan Nestle Oral History (2011)

 Collection
Identifier: SCA-0075-A
Scope and Contents The interview explores Nestle's time at Queens College as a student-activist (1959-1963) and teacher in the SEEK program (1966-1995). She discusses her upbringing in New York, the conservative culture of Queens College, her oft-times combative experiences as a student, as well as her incredibly fulfilling time spent teaching in the SEEK program. Nestle also discusses how being an activist in the civil rights movement was paramount to shaping her role in the gay liberation movement, as...
Dates: 2011-04-06

Johnnie Mae Walker Letter to Anne Koeppicus

 Collection
Identifier: SCA-0025
Abstract

This letter, to Mississippi Freedom Summer Project volunteer Anne Koeppicus, is from her Mississippi host Johnnie Mae Walker, a field secretary for the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. The letter describes life in Mississippi during the summer of 1964. A newspaper article about Koeppicus, a photo of Koeppicus, a published autobiography of Walker, and transcript of the letter are also included.

Dates: 1964

Mark Levy Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SCA-0046
Abstract The Mark Levy Collection documents the volunteer experiences of Mark Levy and his wife, Betty Bollinger Levy, in the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project. Most items date from June to August 1964, including correspondence, photographs, curriculum, lesson plans, student essays and newsletters, printed materials, clippings, and ephemera. There are binders of preparatory training materials and memorandums for accepted applicants. Photographs document orientation at Western College for...
Dates: 1959-2008

Michael Harrington Center for Democratic Values and Social Change records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SCA-0083
Abstract

The Michael Harrington Center for Democratic Values and Social Change was created to continue the goals and ideals of Michael Harrington, a professor at Queens College who campaigned for social change and reform. The bulk of the Michael Harrington Center records consist of papers, news letters and journals published by the center.

Dates: circa 1990s-2000s (1991-2016)

Michael Wenger Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SCA-0048
Abstract The Michael Wenger Collection documents the Student Help Project and other activism on the Queens College campus during the 1960s. The Student Help Project was initiated by Queens College students, including Michael Wenger, and Queens College Education Department professors Dr. Rachel Weddington and Dr. Sidney Simon. This project brought tutoring services to under-served children in South Jamaica, Queens and Prince Edward County, Virginia. Wenger chaired the organization in 1964, but the...
Dates: 1963-2009, bulk 1963-1965; Majority of material found within 1963 - 1965