Harvey Silver political literature and ephemera
The collection contains items on the broader national activities of prominent political campaign organizations surrounding the U.S. presidential election and US Senate seat races of 1968. These items include campaign literature as well as advertisements for rallies advocating against specific candidates such as Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphreys. In addition to these electorally focused items, there is protest literature from the Vietnam War Protest Movement, including materials by the Radical Organizing Committee (ROC), the Fifth Avenue Vietnam Peace Parade Committee, and the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam. A large number of handbills and posters promoting rallies and protests organized by these various groups can be found within the collection.
The collection includes materials relating to student-led occupations of Queens College campus buildings in the spring of 1969. Items in the collection document the inciting events as well as the organizing efforts, activists’ demands, and responses from faculty and broader student population that were issued by parties involved including the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the Ad Hoc Committee to End Political Suppression, the Student Coalition, and members of the faculty and administration at Queens College.
The collection contains materials that chronicle a 1968 conflict between community leaders and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) union in the Ocean Hill and Brownsville neighborhoods of Brooklyn, New York, regarding the movement for local control of schools. The materials include news clippings, fliers, and accounts that reflect the socio-cultural dynamic and tension existing between the students, striking teachers, community members, and school administration in the public school system.
The collection also includes a small number of items such as fliers, educational pamphlets, and essays that refer to political actions and campaigns advocating for a range of political causes. These causes include: international issues such as the Nigerian Civil War, national concerns such as the arrest of Black Panther Party members and a Women’s Liberation reading list, and more local efforts at Queens College including cultural events and the development of food co-ops.
- circa 1962-2020
- Majority of material found within circa 1965-1975
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Harvey is an Executive Producer for major meetings and events -- working with such companies as Gillette, Oral-B, Reebok, Astra, XL Capital, Sodexo and Ernst and Young, as well as producing major sporting events for the PGA, NHL, and WNBA. He is involved in all aspects of creative and production – designing and staging live shows, presentations, video and film productions, stage sets and exhibits.
Harvey has a photographic image representation agreement with Getty Images. His photographs (including concert and protest pictures taken at Queens) have been published in major media around the world, including The New Yorker, New York Times, Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, documentary films, and many books. In recent years, he has had several solo exhibitions in the Hudson Valley, and his photographs have been exhibited in both physical and virtual galleries.
Harvey resides in Rhinebeck, NY with his wife Cindy Silver (né Cynthia L. Gottlieb) who graduated Queens College with a BA Education in February 1973, and a MS Education in June 1976.
1 Linear Feet (One standard document case, one flat box for oversize flyers. )
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- Harvey Silver political literature and ephemera
- Brendan Enright
- May 2022
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