Queens College Campus Unrest
Beginning on March 27, 1969, the student led Ad Hoc Committee to End Political Suppression staged a sit-in of the SS Building largely in protest of the college's refusal to drop charges against three students from the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) who had forced the removal of a General Electric recruiter during a protest earlier in March. After holding the SS Building for several days, in the early morning hours of April 1st, college administration requested police assistance in clearing the students from the building, at which point thirty-nine were arrested, including one faculty member. Each was charged with trespassing. In subsequent weeks, activists from SDS and the Ad Hoc Committee continued their demonstrations with an increased vigor that contributed to the school administration's decision to temporarily close the college in early May.
The documents in this collection primarily concern the fallout in the weeks immediately following the April 1st arrests. While several items may give some hint to the other happenings on campus, it is important to note that simultaneous with those protests organized by the Ad Hoc Committee—the focus of this collection—were additional separate demonstrations organized by right wing student groups, and minority students from the college's SEEK program.
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Another anti-protest flier, this one again calls for students to attend class instead of striking. It features a quote from an "Ad Hoc 'Sympathizer'," a member of the group largely responsible for much of the ongoing disruption [...]
Despite being printed on official Queens College letterhead, this handout was created by student activists in the Ad Hoc Committee. The flier calls for support of the five demands put forth by the group to the school's administration. Those [...]
This is a statement presented by concerned Queens College faculty at a meeting of the college's Personnel and Budget Committee. Agreed upon by approximately 150 faculty members, the paper expresses concern over the college's handling of [...]
This is a fact sheet that was prepared by the Ad Hoc Committee in attempt to correct, what they perceived to be, a distorted version of events presented by Queens College President John P. McMurray and other college administration in the preceding [...]
Produced by the office of Queens College Dean George A. Pierson, this report summarizes campus events from March 1969 that resulted in student unrest and protest that would continue into May. As the report describes, the initial cause of the [...]