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Series I: Administration, 1965-1972

This series contains correspondence, legal documents, memoranda, news releases, reports, and other public statements documenting the actions of Columbia University’s administration prior, and in response, to the campus protests of the mid-1960s through mid-1970s. The files are arranged hierarchically and then alphabetically. Folders for Columbia’s Board of Trustees are followed by files for the president and then by other University offices (arranged alphabetically). Within this listing of offices are subject-oriented folders entitled "Chronologies," "Legal Proceedings Involving Students," and "Witnesses to Student Demonstrations," which contain documents used by Columbia administrators but not traceable to any one office.

The documents contained in the files for University trustees pertain primarily to the student strike of 1968. Correspondence from alumni, parents, and the general public indicate attitudes regarding the University’s response to the strike, which is documented by public statements found here. The reports of the Special Committee of the Trustees reveal efforts to examine and alter the university’s governing structure. Materials for the three University presidents in office during this era cover a wider range of topics including: president’s public statements representing the University’s response to the strikes and protests, and its position on the underlying issues that prompted this activism.

The materials organized by office and by subject demonstrate various administrative responses to student protests. These include public statements by chief academic officers David B. Truman, Provost, and Vice President for Academic Planning Herbert A. Deane, as well as memoranda, notes, and other administrative records of Harold E. Emerson, a chief presidential aide. News releases issued by the Office of Public Information reveal the university’s public voice on the events of the era. Legal pleadings and associated records document the administration’s disciplinary actions against student protesters.

Organization Descriptions and Membership Lists,
1968

Box 1
Folder 1
Trustees
Correspondence--Alumni and Parents,
1968
Box 1
Folder 2
Correspondence--General Public,
1968
Box 1
Folder 3
Public Statements, News Releases, Memoranda, 1968-1970
Box 1
Folder 4
Special Committee
Interim Reports, 1 through 4--Recommended Changes to the Structure of Columbia University, 1968-1969
Box 1
Folder 5
Public Statements,
1968
Box 1
Folder 6
Student Representatives,
1968
Box 1
Folder 7
President Grayson Kirk
Correspondence
Administration, Faculty and Staff; Student Arrest Figures,
1968
Box 1
Folder 8
Alumni and Parents,
1968
Box 1
Folder 9
General Public,
1968
Box 1
Folder 10
Students,
1968
Box 1
Folder 11
Trustees,
1968
Box 1
Folder 12
Faculty Address Lists,
1968
Box 1
Folder 13
Public Statements, Open Letters, News Releases, 1965-1968
Box 1
Folder 14
Report: Committee on Urban and Minority Problems,
1967
Box 1
Folder 15
President Andrew W. Cordier
Correspondence
Administration, Faculty and Staff, 1968-1970
Box 1
Folder 16
Alumni, 1968-1969
Box 1
Folder 17
General Public,
1968
Box 1
Folder 18
Trustees,
1968
Box 1
Folder 19
Public Statements--Open Letters and News Releases, 1968-1970
Box 1
Folder 20
Public Statements--Open Letters and News Releases, 1968-1970
(2 Folders)

Box 2
Folder 1 to 2
McGill, William--Public Statements, Open Letters and News Releases, 1970-1972
Box 2
Folder 3
de Barry, William Theodore,
1972
Box 2
Folder 4
Deane, Herbert A.,
1968
Box 2
Folder 5
Administration, Unidentified
Handwritten Notes, 1965-1968
Box 2
Folder 6
List of
April 1968
Demonstrators
Box 2
Folder 7
Script of the Order to Vacate Buildings,
1968
Box 2
Folder 7
Gardner, John C.--Damage, Costs and Reports,
1968
Box 2
Folder 8
McGoey, Thomas A,
1968
Box 2
Folder 9
Nye, Joseph P.,
1968
Box 2
Folder 10
Chronologies of Student Strike Events,
1968
Box 2
Folder 11
Columbia College, Freshman Welcome Address--Dean Carl Hovde,
1968

Box 26
Folder 1
Controller, Office of the,
1968

Box 2
Folder 12
Emerson, Harold E.--Correspondence, Administration, Faculty, Staff,
1968
Box 2
Folder 13
Committee on Externally Funded Research and Instruction
Box 2
Folder 14
Committee on Relations with Outside Agencies, 1968-1969
Box 2
Folder 14
Legal Proceedings Involving Students
The City of New York Police Department Interim Report--Arrests made on the Complaint of the Columbia University Administration of Students Trespassing in School Buildings,
1968 May 4
Box 2
Folder 15
Pleadings, Documents, Public Statements and Correspondence, 1968-1972
(3 Folders)
Box 2
Folder 16 to 18
Legal Proceedings Involving Students
Pleadings, Documents, Public Statements and Correspondence, 1968-1972
(2 Folders)

Box 3
Folder 1 to 2
Logsdon, Richard H.,
1968
Box 3
Folder 3
Personnel, Director of,
1968
Box 3
Folder 4
Policies of the University: Faculty Dismissals, Tenure, Conflicts of Interest, 1964-1968
Box 3
Folder 5
Public Information, Office of
Public Statements and News Releases
Strikes, Black Students, Black Panthers, Discipline, 1968-1972
Box 3
Folder 6
Background Papers on Student Strike and Campus Issues,
1968
Box 3
Folder 7
Publications
Columbia University Newsletter, 1967-1969
Box 3
Folder 8
Partners in the Park,
1968 February
Brochure, Somebody’s Trying to Hurt Us Both-Columbia and Harlem, Advertisement Reprint, Gymnasium,
1968
Box 3
Folder 9
Residence, Assistant Dean for,
1968
Box 3
Folder 10
Undergraduate Admissions Office--Includes Commencement Address for the 214th Academic Year,
1968
Box 3
Folder 11
University Placement and Career Services--Military recruiting,
1968
Box 3
Folder 12
University Relations, Office of--Gymnasium,
1966
Box 3
Folder 13
Truman, David B.--Public Statements, Open Letters, News Releases, Correspondence with Alumni and Administration, 1967-1969
Box 3
Folder 14
Witnesses to Student Demonstrations--Reports, 1967-1969
Box 3
Folder 15

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