Elliot Linzer Collection

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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Arrangement

Restrictions

Controlled Access Terms

Administrative Information

Series Descriptions and Container List

Series I: Personal Materials

Series II: CORE (National)

Subseries 1: Printed Material

Subseries 2: Fundraising Material

Series III: CORE (New York area)

Subseries 1: Printed Material

Subseries 2: Fundraising Material

Subseries 3: Educational Programming

Subseries 4: Protests, School Boycotts, Demonstrations

Series IV: CORE (Other regional offices)

Series V: Additional Civil Rights Organizations and Events

Series VI: Buttons

Elliot Linzer Collection


Processed by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall, Fall 2009, and approved by Annie Tummino, Summer 2011; edited by Alexandra Dolan-Mescal, Fall 2013. Machine readable finding aid created by Deborah Marks, Fall 2013.

Some items from this collection have been digitized and are available through the Civil Rights Movement Archives

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Queens College (New York, N.Y.) Department of Special Collections and Archives
Creator: Linzer, Elliot
Title: Elliot Linzer Collection
Dates: 1961-1966
Extent: 1.0 Linear feet1 document box and 1 small box of buttons
Abstract The Elliot Linzer Collection consists primarily of near-print materials, such as handbills, mimeographed flyers, and pamphlets documenting the activities of various New York City-area chapters of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), a civil rights organization, during the early 1960s. Elliot Linzer is a Queens College alumnus and former member of CORE.
Identification: CR.2009.008
Languages: English

Biographical Note

Elliot Linzer was born July 11, 1946, in Brooklyn, New York, though his family later moved to Rosedale, Queens, New York. By the time Linzer entered high school, he had become interested in pacifist and civil rights activism, joining the War Resisters League at age fourteen. The press coverage of the 1961 Freedom Ride from Washington, D.C. to Montgomery, Alabama left a strong impression on Linzer. Upon enrolling at Queens College as an engineering student in August, 1963, he joined the campus chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the organization which initiated the Freedom Ride. He had already participated in some CORE activities the previous summer, attending lectures by CORE officers and selling tickets to a CORE benefit concert at Carnegie Hall.

Linzer's involvement with CORE coincided with the organization's zenith in power and membership, a period of rapid expansion in the wake of the 1962 Freedom Ride through the 1964 Freedom Summer Project. Linzer was just a few months too young (he graduated early from high school) to meet the criteria for involvement with Freedom Summer Project, which provided voter registration services to disenfranchised Southern blacks. However, Linzer did manage a Freedom School in St. Alban's, Queens, during a CORE-sponsored school boycott in early 1964. Although he joined CORE through the Queens College chapter, Linzer participated in a number of other chapters, most notably South Jamaica CORE. Linzer never held office, but he did work as a staff member for the March of Washington of 1963 which was sponsored jointly by CORE and several other civil rights organizations. His CORE activities included frequent attendance on picket lines and publicity tasks such as the creation of flyers and handbills for events, pickets, and meetings.

In 1967, Linzer suspended his studies at Queens College and enrolled in an interdisciplinary sociology program at the New School for Social Research. He obtained his B.A. from the New School in 1969 and began working on a Ph.D. in Sociology. Later he received an M.A. in sociology from Queens College. During his graduate education, he worked as a freelance bibliographic indexer for supplemental income, and indexing continues to be his livelihood. He currently lives in Flushing, Queens, New York.

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Scope and Contents Note

The Elliot Linzer Collection primarily documents the activities of various Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) chapters in the New York City area in 1963 and 1964. The items often pertain to specific events, such as pickets, boycotts, fundraisers, and educational seminars.

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Arrangement

Materials are organized by their origination from national, local and regional offices and are comprised of organizational materials including pamphlets, announcements, flyers, reprints, fundraising appeals, newsletters, and reports. Materials from other organizations are grouped separately in series V, and a small collection of political buttons comprises series VI.

Series I: Personal materials
Series II: CORE (National)
Subseries 1: Printed Material
Subseries 2: Fundraising Material
Series III: CORE (New York area)
Subseries 1: Printed Material
Subseries 2: Fundraising Material
Subseries 3: Educational Programs
Subseries 4: Protests, Boycotts and Demonstrations
Series IV: CORE (Other regional offices)
Series V: Additional Civil Rights Organizations and Events
Series VI: Buttons

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Restrictions

Access

Collection is open for research. Staff may restrict access at its discretion on the basis on physical condition.

Copyright

The Elliot Linzer Collection is physically owned by the Queens College Libraries. All intellectual rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assignees. The collection is subject to all copyright laws. Queens College assumes no responsibility for the infringement of copyrights held by the original authors, creators, or producers of materials.

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Controlled Access Terms

Civil rights movement
Civil rights movement - New York - History - 20th Century
Congress of Racial Equality
Freedom Week 1964, Queens College
Linzer, Elliot
Mississippi Freedom Project
Queens (New York, N.Y.)
Queens College (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

item, date (if known), box, folder, Elliot Linzer Collection, Department of Special Collections and Archives, Queens College, City University of New York

Source

Donated by Elliot Linzer in 2009.

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Series Descriptions and Container List

Series I: Personal Materials
Elliot Linzer ID Cards ( 1963-2009 ) Box-folder 1-1
CORE active membership card ( 1963 ) Box-folder 1-1
Business Card ( 2009 ) Box-folder 1-1
Series II: CORE (National)
This series consists of materials related to CORE’s national operations, typically originating from the national office, with some regional and local chapter materials. Subseries I contains print and near-print material such as pamphlets, reprints, newsletters, and reports. Subseries II contains CORE fundraising materials, including appeals and product offerings.
Subseries 1: Printed Material
This is CORE ( April 1961 ) Box-folder 1-2
CORE Rules for Action (3 copies) ( April 1961; April 1963 ) Box-folder 1-2
COREsummer Training Programs in Nonviolence ( 1962 ) Box-folder 1-2
It Happened in Baton Rouge ( April 1962 ) Box-folder 1-2
All About CORE (3 copies) ( 1963 ) Box-folder 1-2
How CORE views the Fair ( 1964 ) Box-folder 1-2
Proposed Ad for the New York Times and Baltimore Afro-American ( 1966 ) Box-folder 1-2
CORE-lator ( 1962-1965 ) Box-folder 1-2
New York Times ( February 15, 1960 ) Box-folder 1-2
Florida Flambeau ( March 15, 1960 ) Box-folder 1-2
New York Times ( September 16, 1961 ) Box-folder 1-2
New York Post ( September 20, 1961 ) Box-folder 1-2
The Progressive ( November 1961 ) Box-folder 1-2
Current ( December 1961 ) Box-folder 1-2
New York Post ( March 21, 1962 ) Box-folder 1-2
Social Problems ( Summer 1962 ) Box-folder 1-2
Ebony ( 1965 ) Box-folder 1-2
Herbert Gans ( November 1963 ) Box-folder 1-2
Subseries 2: Fundraising Material
Solicitations/appeals ( 1961-1964 ) Box-folder 1-3
Freedom Ride cost statement ( July 27, 1961 ) Box-folder 1-3
Merchandising Artifacts ( 1961-1964 ) Box-folder 1-3
Envelopes ( undated ) Box-folder 1-3
Series III: CORE (New York area)
This series consists of materials related to specific New York-area CORE activities, such as pickets, boycotts, fundraisers, and educational seminars. These materials include flyers, handbills, dittographed and mimeographed announcements, instructions for demonstrators, and position papers. The materials are divided into Printed Material, Fundraising Material, Educational Programming, and Protests.
Subseries 1: Printed Material
Card: Downtown CORE of the Lower East Side ( undated ) Box-folder 1-4
Lower portion of flyer for meeting Queens College CORE ( undated ) Box-folder 1-4
South of the Border by Arthur Gatti, Queens College Core ( undated ) Box-folder 1-4
(Queens College) CORE newsletter Number 2 ( March 23, 1965 ) Box-folder 1-4
Subseries 2: Fundraising Material
Five Spot ( October 27, 1963 ) Box-folder 1-5
Finley Grand Ballroom ( November 23, 1963 ) Box-folder 1-5
Carnegie Ballroom ( June 9, 1963 ) Box-folder 1-5
Queens College faculty-student softball game ( May 8, 1964 ) Box-folder 1-5
Central Plaza Ballroom ( June 19, 1964 ) Box-folder 1-5
Subseries 3: Educational Programming
Val Coleman Talk ( Decmber 17, 1962 ) Box-folder 1-6
James Farmer lecture at Town Hall ( May 14, 1962 ) Box-folder 1-6
New York area CORE Conference ( November 1963 ) Box-folder 1-6
Bulletins on upcoming educational seminars in New York ( February 13, 1964 ) Box-folder 1-6
Queens College CORE Freedom Week ( April 1964 ) Box-folder 1-6
Subseries 4: Protests, School Boycotts, Demonstrations
Rules for participation in CORE-sponsored protests ( undated ) Box-folder 1-7
Panel discussion - school integration ( undated ) Box-folder 1-8
Bibuld children demonstration ( February 4, 1963 ) Box-folder 1-8
Statement on school integration ( January 16, 1964 ) Box-folder 1-8
School Boycott Guide, NYC Freedom School leaders ( February 3, 1964 ) Box-folder 1-8
March on City Hall ( March 1, 1964 ) Box-folder 1-8
School Boycott ( March 16, 1964 ) Box-folder 1-8
March for Democratic Schools ( May 18, 1964 ) Box-folder 1-8
Schaefer Beer Protest ( undated ) Box-folder 1-9
Harlem Hospital Protest ( undated ) Box-folder 1-9
South Africa Apartheid Protests ( undated ) Box-folder 1-9
Rochedale Picketing ( October 20, 1963 ) Box-folder 1-9
Aand P Picketing ( December 6, 1963 ) Box-folder 1-9
Housing pickets and rallies ( undated ) Box-folder 1-9
Freedom Ride (New York to Washington) ( May 18, 1963 ) Box-folder 1-9
World' Fair demonstrations ( 1964 ) Box-folder 1-9
Police brutality/Theodore Weiss ( 1964 ) Box-folder 1-9
March on Albany (wage discrimination) ( March 10, 1964 ) Box-folder 1-9
Fast for Freedom ( March 11, 1964 ) Box-folder 1-9
Civil Rights Miscellaneous ( undated ) Box-folder 1-9
South Jamaica boycotts ( 1964 ) Box-folder 1-9
Series IV: CORE (Other regional offices)
St. Louis CORE handbill ( 1961-1963 ) Box-folder 1-10
Series V: Additional Civil Rights Organizations and Events
Council for United Civil Rights Leadership: Equality button order card ( undated ) Box-folder 1-11
The Community Chatter newsletter (Jamaica, Queens): "Banjo Billy" has got to go ( undated ) Box-folder 1-11
Queens College/YWCA contribution card: Southern voter registration ( undated ) Box-folder 1-11
Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) pamphlet ( August 1963 ) Box-folder 1-11
Liberation magazine ( September 1963 ) Box-folder 1-11
Vietnam Protest: Times Square ( May 2, 1964 ) Box-folder 1-11
Series VI: Buttons
Support NAACP Freedom Day ( February 3, 1963 ) Box 2
Dick Gregory for President ( 1968 ) Box 2