The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
[Black Student Union walkout at Holy Cross oral history]
Repository: College of the Holy Cross. Archives and Special Collections
Collection Description (Extant): This collection includes recorded oral history interviews by members of Rev. Anthony Kuzniewski, S.J.'s Historian's Craft class, a Junior-Senior class offered through Holy Cross' History Department. During the Fall 1997 semester the students interviewed alumni and faculty who talked about the events that led to the Black Student Union's (BSU) call for the African American community to withdraw from Holy Cross in December of 1969 and the impact that this emotionally charged announcement had on the entire College community. The BSU felt that the administration had employed racist practices when recommending students for expulsion. While sixty five students stood on the steps of Hogan Campus Center to block student interviews with General Electric recruiters on December 10, 1969 only 17 students were singled out for expulsion. 70% of that select group were African American. Almost every member of the African American community left Holy Cross without knowing if he would be allowed to return. Amnesty was finally granted to those who withdrew however the weeks leading up to that decision were extremely tense. These oral histories provide the researcher with a multi-faceted take on the events surrounding the BSU walkout.
Digital Status: No
Existing IDs: RG 3.0 Audio/Visual Material; Series 4: Alumni Materials, File 4 and Series 10: College Histories
Extent: 33 cassettes and mini cassettes; transcripts
Related Archival Items: See other Record Groups in the Holy Cross Archives for more materials related to the walkout.
Interviewees: John B. Anderson, Charles Baker, Robert Bliss, Rev. John E. Brooks, James Byrnes, Dennis Cleary, Leonard Cooper, Jerome Cura, J. Michael Davis, John Day, Thomas Dougherty, James P. Dowd, Rev. William Fitzgerald, William Gratton, Stanley Grayson, William Green, Kenneth Happe, Edward Jenkins, Frank Kartheiser, Rev. Joseph LaBran, Thomas Lawler, Joseph Maguire, Arthur Martin, William D. Moncevicz, Francis Mooney, David O'Brien, Frank Petrella, James Powers, Thomas Sullivan, Joel Villa, Rev. Edward J. Vodoklys, James Walsh, Ted Wells, John Wilson, William Ziobro
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American college students--Massachusetts
African American college students--Societies, etc.
African Americans--Civil rights--Massachusetts
Civil rights movements--Massachusetts
College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, Mass.)