Jean L. Konzal Collection

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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Arrangement

Restrictions

Related Material

Administrative Information

Series Descriptions and Container List

Series I: Autobiography and Reflections 2009-2011

Series II: Student Help Project 1962-2012, bulk 1963

Subseries A. Printed Materials 1962-1964

Subseries B. Newspaper Clippings 1963

Subseries C. Journal 1963

Subseries D. Farmville, VA Participants (1963) 1963

Subseries E. Letters to Jean L. Konzal 1963-1964

Subseries F. Speech Fall 1963

Series III: Photographs 1963-2012, bulk 1963

Series IV: Additional Civil Rights Movement & Activism 1963-1965

Subseries A: Printed Materials 1963

Subseries B: Newspaper Clippings 1964

Subseries C: Letters 1964-1965

Jean L. Konzal Collection


Print finding aid created by Kristin Resurreccion and approved by Annie Tummino, Summer 2012, edited by Alexandra Dolan-Mescal, Spring 2014. Machine readable finding aid created by Alexandra Dolan-Mescal, Spring 2014

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: Konzal, Jean
Title: Jean L. Konzal Papers
Dates: Bulk, 1963-1964
Dates: 1962-2012
Extent: 0.5 Linear feet
Abstract As a Queens College student, Jean Leanore Konzal, née Stein, volunteered with the Student Help Project, an initiative that provided free tutoring services to under-served children in South Jamaica, Queens from 1962-1968. During the summer of 1963, Konzal was one of sixteen Queens College students who lived with black families in Farmville, Virginia and tutored African American children who had been denied formal public education since 1959. The collection includes personal and printed materials, photographs, and feature personal accounts of Konzal’s activities as a tutor, civil rights activist, and student. The collection documents the Student Help Project in Prince Edward County, Virginia, and, to a lesser extent, other civil rights activism through 1965. Also present are materials on the 1963 March on Washington and documents from several civil rights organizations.
Identification: CR.2011.001
Language: English

Biographical Note

While attending Queens College, Long Island native Jean Leanore Konzal (née Stein) volunteered with the Student Help Project, an initiative that provided free tutoring services to under-served children in South Jamaica, Queens, from 1962-1968. During the summer of 1963, Konzal was one of sixteen students who lived with black families in Farmville, Virginia, providing instruction to African American children who had been denied formal public education since 1959. The county had defunded and closed its schools rather than comply with federally-ordered racial integration. Although representatives from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) traveled to Farmville to organize marches and sit-ins shortly after the arrival of the Queens College students, Jean and her fellow Student Help Project volunteers refrained from participating in the demonstrations at the suggestion of Reverend L. Francis Griffin. The students did not want to compromise their teaching mission and wanted to limit the risk to their host families. Konzal continued her involvement with civil rights and education issues beyond the summer of 1963. She attended the March on Washington on 28 August 1963 with fellow Student Help Project volunteers and participated in both a ‘Freedom Fast’ at Queens College and a summer workshop on human relations at Rutgers in 1964. The workshop’s instructors included two of her mentors for the Prince Edward County Project, Sid Simon and Rachel Weddington. Konzal graduated from Queens College in 1964 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She has since has worked as a teacher, staff developer, and consultant. She has taught seminars on the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision and co-authored two books on family/school relationships: Making Our High Schools Better, 1999 and How Communities Build Stronger Schools, 2002. Konzal recently retired as Chair of the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), and currently serves as an adjunct professor for the college’s Global Master’s program.

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Scope and Contents Note

The Jean L. Konzal Papers include personal and printed materials documenting Konzal’s experiences with the Student Help Project, particularly her summer spent in Farmville, Virginia in 1963. Included are transcribed journal entries, background materials on the Student Help Project, Farmville, Virginia and Prince Edward County, newspaper clippings, participant contact lists, student letters to Konzal, and photographs. Also present are her later personal reflections in the form of a written speech and an interview with former Student Help Project chairman Michael Wenger. To a lesser extent, the collection also documents Konzal’s involvement with the American civil rights movement in printed materials and letters through 1965, including a pamphlet for the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom of 28 August 1963.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into four series, two of which are broken into subseries.

Series I: Autobiography and Reflections (2009-2011)
Series II: Student Help Project, 1962-2011 (bulk 1963)
Subseries A. Printed Materials (1962-1964)
Subseries B. Newspaper Clippings (1963)
Subseries C. Journal (1963)
Subseries D. Farmville, VA Participants (1963)
Subseries E. Letters (1963-1964)
Subseries F. Speech (Fall 1963)
Series III: Photographs, 1963-2012 (bulk 1963)
Series IV: Additional Civil Rights Movement & Activism (1963-1965)
Subseries A. Printed Materials (1963)
Subseries B. Newspaper Clippings (1964)
Subseries C. Letters (1964-1965)

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Restrictions

Access

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

Copyright

The Jean L. Konzal Papers are the property of the Queens College Libraries. All intellectual rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assignees. Queens College assumes no responsibility for the infringement of copyrights held by the original authors, creators, or producers of materials.

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African Americans – Education – Virginia – Prince Edward County -- History
Boycotts – Virginia – Prince Edward County – History
Civil rights movements -- Virginia -- Prince Edward County
Congress of Racial Equality
Council of Federated Organizations (U.S.)
Education – Virginia – Prince Edward County – History
Freedom Week 1964, Queens College
Konzal, Jean
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Washington, D.C., 1963
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Prince Edward County (V.A.) -- History
Queens College (New York, N.Y.)
Segregation in education -- Virginia -- Prince Edward County
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

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Related Material

Elliot Linzer Collection, Queens College

Phyllis Padow-Sederbaum Papers, Queens College

Rosalind (Silverman) Andrews Collection, Queens College

Debby Yaffe Collection, Queens College

Stan Shaw Collection, Queens College

Michael Wenger Collection, Queens College

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

item, date (if known), box, folder, Jean L. Konzal Papers, Department of Special Collections and Archives, Queens College, City University of New York.

Source

Donated by Jean L. Konzal in 2011.

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Series Descriptions and Container List

Series I: Autobiography and Reflections ( 2009-2011 )
This series is comprised of materials non-contemporaneous to Jean L. Konzal’s experience with the Student Help Project during the summer of 1963. It includes a collection list, a brief autobiographical note, and Konzal’s more recent reflections on the Student Help Project from an interview with former Student Help Project chairman Michael Wenger.
Collection List from Jean L. Konzal ( 2011 ) Box-folder 1-1
Autobiographical Note ( 2011 ) Box-folder 1-2
Interview Q&A with Michael Wenger ( 2009 ) Box-folder 1-3
Series II: Student Help Project ( 1962-2012, bulk 1963 )
This series consists of documents from Konzal’s participation in the Student Help Project in Farmville, Virginia in 1963. The series is divided into six subseries: Printed Materials, Newspaper Clippings, Journal, Participants, Student Letters to Jean L. Konzal, and Speech.
Subseries A. Printed Materials ( 1962-1964 )
QC Senate Report newspaper ( Apr 17, 1963 ) Box-folder 1-4
Benefit Concert Flyer ( 1963 ) Box-folder 1-5
Farmville, VA Brochure ( circa 1963 ) Box-folder 1-6
Farmville, VA Educational Report ( 1962 ) Box-folder 1-7
About Prince Edward Co. Informational Packet ( 1964 ) Box-folder 1-8
Subseries B. Newspaper Clippings ( 1963 ) Box-folder 1-9
Newspaper Clippings ( 1963 ) Box-folder 1-9
Newspaper Clippings (Xerox copies) ( 1963 ) Box-folder 1-10
Subseries C. Journal ( 1963 )
Journal ( 2011 Transcription) ( 1963 ) Box-folder 1-11
Subseries D. Farmville, VA Participants (1963) ( 1963 )
House List (Carbon copy and Printed digital copy) ( 1963 ) Box-folder 1-12
Student Contact Lists (Printed digital copy & annotated 2011 transcription) ( 1963 ) Box-folder 1-13
Subseries E. Letters to Jean L. Konzal ( 1963-1964 )
Student Letters to Jean L. Konzal (Printed digital copies) ( 1964-1964 ) Box-folder 1-14
Subseries F. Speech ( Fall 1963 )
Speech (Manuscript) ( Fall 1963 ) Box-folder 1-15
Speech (Transcription) ( 2011 ) Box-folder 1-16
Series III: Photographs ( 1963-2012, bulk 1963 )
This series consists of original photographs and digital prints from scanned photographs documenting Konzal’s experiences during the summer of 1963. Details regarding particular photos are included in the ‘Collection List’ in Series I, and in folder 22 of this series, ‘Additional Descriptions from Jean L. Konzal’.
Reids & Griffins ( 1963 ) Box-folder 1-17
Student Help Project ( 1963 ) Box-folder 1-18
Farmville ( 1963 ) Box-folder 1-19
Trip to University of Virginia ( 1963 ) Box-folder 1-20
March on Washington ( Aug 28, 1963 ) Box-folder 1-21
Additional Descriptions from Jean L. Konzal ( June 2012 ) Box-folder 1-22
Series IV: Additional Civil Rights Movement & Activism ( 1963-1965 )
Materials in this series document American civil rights movement activities outside of the Student Help Project. The series is divided into three subseries: Printed Materials, Newspaper Clippings/Articles, and Letters.
Subseries A: Printed Materials ( 1963 )
NAACP Youth Council ‘Now is the Time’ Flyer (Printed digital copy) ( Summer 1963 ) Box-folder 1-23
March on Washington Pamphlet ( 1963 ) Box-folder 1-24
SNCC ‘We Swing for Freedom Now’ Concert Program ( Nov 23, 1963 ) Box-folder 1-25
Subseries B: Newspaper Clippings ( 1964 )
QC Freedom Fast Newspaper Clippings ( 1964 ) Box-folder 1-26
March on Washington Article ( 1964 ) Box-folder 1-26
Subseries C: Letters ( 1964-1965 )
Letter from J. Cox on Farmville, VA ( 1964 ) Box-folder 1-27
Letter from COFO Financial Secretary J. Bolton on Rutgers ‘Human Relations’ workshop ( 1964 ) Box-folder 1-28
SNCC Trading Stamp Drive Letter ( 1965 ) Box-folder 1-29