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Harvey Silver political literature and ephemera

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SCA-0086

Content Description

The Harvey Silver collection consists of news clippings, publications, documents, fliers, posters, pamphlets, buttons, handbills, campaign literature, and other political ephemera documenting Silver’s involvement in social and political campaigns and engagement in activism as a high school student and as an undergraduate at Queens College in the mid-to-late 1960s through the early 1970s. Materials in this collection reflect Silver’s participation in student groups, political organizations and electoral campaigns, and Anti-Vietnam War movement organizations. Specific protests, rallies, and cultural events held against the Vietnam War, the draft, and political candidates in New York City and Washington D.C. during the late 1960s and early 1970s are documented.

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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Conditions Governing Use

Reproductions may be provided to users to support research and scholarship. However, collection use is subject to all copyright laws. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Biographical Note

Harvey L. Silver entered Queens College in January 1969 as the student protests and building take-overs were erupting. Before, during, and after attending Queens, he photographed concerts, festivals, political actions and street culture. He also collected political ephemera – handouts, posters, newspapers, magazines and political buttons. After one semester spent at the SUNY Binghamton Cinema Department, Harvey graduated from Queens College in June 1973 with a BA Mass Communications, Magna Cum Laude with Departmental Honors. In 1977, he earned an MS Education, Instructional Systems Technology, from Indiana University.

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. )

Language of Materials



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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Harvey Silver on March 22, 2021.

Related Materials

Harvey Silver was very involved in the student movement at Queens College, which is documented in the Campus Unrest Collection:, some of which has been digitized at:

Condition Description

Stable condition.

Harvey Silver political literature and ephemera
Brendan Enright
May 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Queens College (New York, N.Y.) Special Collections and Archives Repository

Queens College Library, CUNY
Benjamin Rosenthal Library RO317
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing 11367 USA us