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"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 [...]

Stop The War Now

Photo of Queensborough Community College students marching to protest the Vietnam War

College of Staten Island Afro-American Society

Members of the Afro-American Society at the College of Staten Island pose for a group photo.

The First Student to Register for BMCC

This 1964 photograph depicts the first student to register at the newly-created Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Discussion Club, College of Staten Island, 1969

Photo of students in College of Staten Island Discussion Club

Student Union, College of Staten Island, 1969

Photo of students in College of Staten Island Student Union

Photograph of Queens College CORE at the March on Washington

This photograph shows the Queens College chapter of CORE at the March on Washington in 1963. In the photo (right to left) are unknown, Bob Freeman, unknown, Matt Gventer (with glasses), Betty Bollinger, unknown and Nick Freeman.

Report of the Citizens' Commission on the Future of the City University of New York

In November 1969, CUNY's Board of Higher Education formed and tasked the Citizens' Commission to "study the future of the University in all its aspects." Their analysis resulted in the creation of an extensive report in 1971 that detailed the [...]

Crisis at CUNY

As the 1970s wore on, students and faculty at CUNY found themselves faced with an ominous environment. While the open admissions struggle of the late 1960s represented a signal achievement in the struggle to secure democratic access to quality [...]

Oral History Interview with Former CUNY Chancellor Albert Bowker (Tapes 2-4)

In this oral history interview, conducted in May 1985, Julius C. C. Edelstein interviews former CUNY Chancellor Albert Bowker. Both men were administrative architects of CUNY's Open Admissions policy. This transcript was compiled from tapes 2-4 of [...]

Interview conducted by former Vice Chancellor Julius C.C. Edelstein with former CUNY Chancellor Albert Bowker

In 1986 former CUNY Vice-Chancellor Julius C. C. Edelstein conducted this interview with former Chancellor Albert Bowker about Bowker's tenure as the second Chancellor of CUNY. The discussion focuses on whether CUNY is a "system" or a "university" [...]

"Brooklyn College Defends Actions"

In May 1968, 42 demonstrators were arrested following a 16-hour sit-in at the Brooklyn College registrar's office. Their goal was to secure the admission of greater numbers of black and Puerto Rican students to the mostly-white college. In this New [...]

"Meeting the Increased Demand for Education in New York State" (Heald Commission Report)

Upon his election as governor in 1959, Nelson Rockefeller established a committee to examine the expected increase in demand for higher education in New York in the coming decades. The committee, chaired by Henry Heald, issued this report calling [...]

"Taught" by Marie Jean Lederman, 1973

In this piece of narrative nonfiction, Baruch College Professor Marie Jean Lederman reflects on her experience teaching remedial Freshman English at the University Center SEEK in the late 1960s.

Action, April 1968

This issue of Action includes a detailed account of a City College professor's experience working within CCNY's "Pre-Baccalaureate Program," news of an upcoming collective bargaining vote, and editorials regarding various university-wide [...]

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