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Columbia crisis of 1968 project

Repository: Columbia University. Center for Oral History

Collection Description (Extant): The Columbia Crisis of 1968 Project is a series of interviews, almost all conducted on the Columbia University campus in May, 1968, with participants and observers -- student activists (conservative, independent, and radical), junior and senior faculty, administrators, supporting staff, and parents -- describe and discuss the many phases of the crisis that resulted in the occupation of five Columbia buildings by students April 23 and 24, the suspension of classes, fruitless negotiations, police intervention on April 30, a campus wide strike, a lesser eruption May 21-22, and the eventual restructuring of the University. The project was conducted independently by the Oral History Research Office and includes 2426 typed pages of transcript.

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 1968

Digital Status: Unknown

Extent: Typescript (2426 p)

Language: English

Interviewees: Jacques Barzun, Lawrence Berger, John D. Cannon, Thomas S. Colahan, Henry S. Coleman, Cathleen Cook, William Cumming, Herbert A. Deane, William T. de Bary, Jay Facciolo, Mark Flanigan, Robert Fogelson, Joel Frader, James Goldman, James Grossman, Marvin Harris, Richard Hofstadter, Terence Hopkins, Jeffry Kaplow, Peter Kenen, Grayson Kirk, Polykarp Kusch, Robert Masters, Seymour Melman, Walter Metzger, Barbara and David Nasaw, Alexander B. Platt, Orest Ranum, David Rothman, Frank Safran, Howard Schless, James P. Shenton, Bruce Smith, Lionel Trilling, David B. Truman, Paul Vilardi, Immanuel Wallerstein

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African American college students--New York (State)
African American college students--Societies, etc.
Anti-war demonstrations
Columbia University--Student strike, 1968
Discrimination in higher education
Student movements
Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.)




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