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Shirley Chisholm papers

Repository: Rutgers University. Special Collections and University Archives

Collection Description (Extant): Papers consisting of speeches, 1971-1989, on a wide variety of topics; Congressional files, 1965-1981, composed primarily of complimentary letters received and presidential campaign materials; general files, 1966-1986, consisting chiefly of biographical materials, including information on Chisholm's record in Congress; newspaper clippings, 1969-1990, in the form of editorials written by Chisholm, as well as coverage of her speeches, writings and retirement; constituent newsletters, 1969-1982, complemented by selected press releases; photographs (including photocopies and other reproductions), 1969-1990, many of which depict Chisholm with other political figures; publications, 1969-1992, with additional coverage of Chisholm's political career and her retirement; and campaign miscellany, 1969 and 1972, including buttons from her presidential campaign and political posters. Also included in the collection are papers, 1963-1985 (bulk 1980-1984), of Chisholm's aide Robert Frishman.

Topics represented in Chisholm's speeches include African Americans, civil rights, racism, education, politics, social justice, the family, housing and community development, hunger, drug abuse, health care and women. The speeches concerning African Americans chiefly pertain to women, youth, education (including higher education), health care, business and economics, the middle class, leadership, politics and unity. Among the individual speeches present are a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., observations upon the retirement of Roy Wilkins and comments on the (affirmative action) Bakke court case.

Date(s): 1963-1994

Existing IDs: MC 1194

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Language: English

Related Archival Items: Robert Frishman Papers, Frishman was an aide to Chisholm and much of its content relates to this position.

Interviewees: Shirley Chisholm

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American politicians--New York (State)
African American women civil rights workers
United States. Congress. House


Sound recordings


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