Educating for Justice - Oral Histories of John Jay College of Criminal Justice
When the college opened in 1965, its creation was only made possible by the combined efforts of several prominent New York leaders, including most notably: Robert F. Wagner Jr., the city’s mayor; Michael Murphy, the police commissioner; Anna Kross, the commissioner of corrections; Patrick Murphy, the commissioner of the Police Academy; and Albert Bowker, chancellor of CUNY. Initiatives undertaken by several from this group had led to the creation of police-focused programs at Brooklyn and Baruch Colleges in the 1950s, yet John Jay marked the first higher educational institution dedicated to police science in New York. Its creation came at a time of increased pressure nationwide to expand police education.
Within a year of the college’s opening, recent graduates from the city’s high schools joined the previously all-police population. In subsequent years, the college would relocate to accommodate an expanding curricula and student body that was also diversifying thanks to Open Admissions. Today, John Jay offers study in a range of disciplines yet its commitment to “educating for justice” remains.
This collection features an assemblage of oral history interviews conducted by Gerald Markowitz, a distinguished professor of history at the college. The interviews, collected in advance of the college’s 25th and 40th anniversaries, served as research for his book, Educating For Justice: A History of John Jay College of Criminal Justice (2004). Among those interviewed were Mayors John Lindsay and Robert F. Wagner Jr., professor William Walker, and provost Basil Wilson. This collection, which will be expanded to include newly digitized interviews, is drawn from the Special Collections division of the Lloyd Sealy Library at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and focuses on many aspects of the college's history including its conception and creation, funding, the college and classroom environment, police education and administrative perspectives. Additional information regarding the college's history can be gathered from a digital exhibition put together by the college for its 50th anniversary.
There are 5 items in this collection.
Fifty Years of Educating for Justice - 50th Anniversary of John Jay College of Criminal Justice - digital exhibition
This digital exhibition celebrates the 50th Anniversary of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. "From its evolution as a small school serving New York’s uniformed services, John Jay has grown to an internationally renowned liberal arts [...]
"...The importance of going on and getting education for police" - An Oral History Interview with Mayor John Lindsay
Mayor Lindsay is interviewed in his Manhattan office on October 26, 1988 by Professor Jerry Markowitz for Educating for Justice, a history of John Jay College. Lindsay discusses the importance of accessible higher education, educating police [...]
Oral History Interview with Provost Basil Wilson for a History of John Jay College of Criminal Justice
This 1999 videotaped interview with Basil Wilson, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, was conducted by Professor Jerry Markowitz for Educating for Justice, a history of John Jay [...]
"Maybe I had a little something to do with making this all possible" - An Oral History Interview with Mayor Robert F. Wagner on the Creation of John Jay College
In this October 5, 1988 interview, Robert F. Wagner, Jr., New York’s mayor from 1954 to 1965, speaks with Professor Jerry Markowitz in preparation for Educating for Justice, a history of John Jay College. Wagner recounts New York’s early [...]
This 1988 interview with Professor William S. Walker was conducted by Professor Jerry Markowitz in preparation for Educating for Justice, a history of John Jay College. Walker, a professor of sociology and criminology, was among the original faculty [...]