The Queens College Civil Rights Archives collects personal papers, community materials, organizational records, non-print materials, and artifacts of civil rights activists. The collections are particularly strong in documenting the civil rights work by Queens College students during the early 1960s. The Civil Rights Archive is an active participant in its communities, working with students and alumni of Queens College, local schools, and the city at large.
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.
In 1964, Anne Koeppicus, a 55-year-old Cambria Heights resident and mother of three, decided to volunteer in the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project. For three weeks in July 1964, she taught in the Freedom School in Hattiesburg, MS.
While in Mississippi, she stayed with the family of Johnie Mae Walker.
Recently Added Items
A press release detailing Robert Rygor's campaign platform for "rainbow curriculum" in the 1993 election for New York City School Board District 2
A report written by Robert Rygor on the Ninth International AIDS Conference in Berlin, Germany, and an international meeting of members of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power.
Pamphlet advertising a public meeting to advocate for improvements to Washington Square Park. Reverse side features a handwritten letter from Robert Rygor.
A flyer urging the gay community to petition the administration of President George H. W. Bush to recognize gay and lesbian members of the Armed Forces.
A letter to Robert Rygor from NYC Mayor David Dinkins, thanking him for support of the Mayor's efforts to address discrimination in the St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Election flyer endorsing Robert Rygor's candidacy for State Assembly in the 1990 Democratic Primary, prepared by the New Frontier Democratic Club. The flyer summarizes Robert's campaign as well as several of his prominent activities over the years.