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Faculty Referendum Press Release

This press release summarizes the results of a faculty-wide referendum held on whether the Queens College administration should have granted amnesty to the 39 people arrested on April 1, 1969 for occupying the Social Sciences Building. With 800 of [...]

Faculty Committee Meeting Notes

These handwritten notes were taken during a Faculty Committee meeting held on May 3, 1969. A large segment of the meeting was devoted to handling issues with Queens College's SEEK program. Short for "Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge," [...]

"Support the 5 Demands"

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 five [...]

Draft of Campus Referendum

This memo, sent to Queens College's librarians from delegates to the Campus Caucus, invites comments on a proposed campus referendum that had been crafted by representatives from several academic departments. The memo lays out the procedures for the [...]

Support "A" Bldg Sit In!

Created by the Ad Hoc Committee, a student activist group at Queens College, this flier requests support for the Academic II building sit-in. In addition to providing justification for the students' occupation of the building, the flier gives [...]

Then We go to Academic II

Produced by the Ad-Hoc Committee in late-April 1969, this flier calls for student support for the takeover of the Academic II building. In March, the same group organized the occupation of the Social Sciences Building in protest of the college's [...]

"To the Faculty: 'If You Don't Read This, Don't Complain About Anything That Happens at Queens College'"

Sent to all of Queens College's faculty from the Ad Hoc Faculty Committee, this letter attempts to collect a general consensus from faculty on the ongoing campus unrest in order to present a unified front to the college's President James P. [...]

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Responses to the Nine Points

This position paper was presented by Queens College's Department Chairmen, the Dean of Faculty and the President in response to the concerns shared by a group of "Concerned Faculty" on April 13. The document provides a response to each of the nine [...]

Resolution Meeting Notes-Second Session

These handwritten notes, taken by an unknown faculty member, are from the second session of the Personnel and Budget (P&B) meeting held on April 17, 1969. They give an account of the happenings of the meeting, beginning with summarized statements [...]

Resolution Meeting Notes-First Session

These handwritten notes, taken by an unknown faculty member, are from the first session of the Personnel and Budget (P&B) meeting held on April 17, 1969. They give an account of the happenings of the meeting, beginning with summarized statements [...]

Statement by the Department Chairmen, the Dean of Faculty, and the President

This statement was prepared by Queens College administration in regards to persistent student unrest on campus in March/April 1969. The document details some of the steps the college had taken to rectify the issue, including their convening of [...]

Letter to Queens College Professional Staff

This letter was issued to the professional staff in the Paul Klapper Library at Queens College on April 15, 1969. Three days earlier, the college's Biology Caucus proposed the creation of an inter-departmental committee composed of faculty and [...]

"A Procedure suggested for coping with the Present Emergency"

This notice, created by Queens College's Biology Caucus, proposed the creation of an interdepartmental, college-wide committee comprised of full-time faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates. As the document notes, it was the hope that this [...]

"Concerned Faculty Statement"

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 ongoing [...]

Supplementary Fact Sheet

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 [...]

President's Newsletter

This newsletter, issued by the Office of Queens College President Joseph P. McMurray, offers the administration's reaction to the continued student protests on campus. In addition to McMurray's letter is a response to five of the demands called for [...]

Statement by President Joseph P. McMurray

This is a statement issued by Joseph P. McMurray, president of Queens College, in regards to the student occupation of the Social Sciences Building and his decision to request police action in the early morning hours of April 1, 1969. Students, [...]

"6th Day Bust Rally"

Created by the Ad Hoc Committee (to End Political Suppression), an activist student group at Queens College, this flier calls for a rally at 1pm on April 1, 1969 where the group would issue its reply to Queens College President McMurray's statement [...]

Queens College Dean's Report

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 [...]

Ad Hoc Committee Statement of Demands

This flier, created by the Ad Hoc Committee to End Political Suppression, lays out the group's purpose in choosing to occupy the Social Sciences (SS) Building on the Queens College campus. The group would occupy the building from March 27th, the [...]

CUNY AAUP Resolution

Adopted by the City University of New York Council of the American Association of University Professors, this resolution outlines a commitment to academic freedom and provides a promise to "protect the university from tactics which undermine the [...]

"U.S. Court Rules Against City U. in Sex-Bias Suit"

Ten years after a class action lawsuit was filed in 1973 by 25 women faculty across CUNY campuses, a federal judge ruled that CUNY had "discriminated unlawfully against women on its teaching staff for 15 years by paying them less than men in [...]

March to Gracie Mansion

A young boy stretches his arms out as Hostos Community College students, professors and community organizers make their way to the Mayor's official residence to demand funding for the renovation of the 500 building. By 1977, the third part of the [...]

South Bronx Community and Church Coalition

This photograph of South Bronx community members includes clergymen marching with a South Bronx Community and Church Coalition banner. This was the final march which celebrated the victory in saving Hostos.

Meyer and Saunders

Professor Gerald Meyer, Social Science Department, PSC Chapter chairperson and Sam Saunders, a student activist, converse across the street from Hostos Community College's 500 building. The two were co-leaders of the "Hostos Needs Space", a [...]

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