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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Control Access Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Series Descriptions and Container List

Series I: Personal

Series II: Student Help Project

Series III: Printed Material

Subseries A: New York

Subseries B: Virginia

Subseries C: Other

Series IV: Photographs

Series V: Posters

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Stan Shaw Collection


Print finding aid created by Annie Tummino, Fall 2009; Edited by Alexandra Dolan-Mescal, Fall 2013. Machine readable finding aid created by Deborah Marks, Fall 2013.

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Queens College (New York, N.Y.) Department of Special Collections and Archives
Creator Shaw, Stanley
Title: Stan Shaw Collection
Dates: 1963-1976
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet (1 box)
Abstract Stan Shaw was Chairman of the Student Help Project at Queens College from January 1963 through January 1964. The Student Help Project provided free tutoring services to schoolchildren in South Jamaica, Queens (circa 1962-1968) and Prince Edward County, Virginia (summer of 1963). In South Jamaica, Queens College volunteers assisted children functioning below grade level. In Prince Edward County, they tutored African American children who had been denied formal schooling since 1959, when Prince Edward County shut down their public schools rather than comply with court-mandated integration. The collection contains newspaper and magazine articles, reports, photographs, press releases, and a diary documenting the Student Help Project in New York and Virginia. Also included is a poster created by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
Identification: CR.2009.005
Languages: English

Biographical Note

Stan Shaw was born on August 18, 1943 to Sue and Leonard Shaw in Utica, NY. He grew up in Cambria Heights, Queens, and studied at Queens College, City University of New York, where he received his B.A. in Sociology and Education in 1965. During the 1962-1963 school year, Shaw served as Chairman of the Queens College Chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) ; he went on to serve as Chairman of the Queens College Student Help Project from January 1963 through January 1964.

The Student Help Project was established by Queens College CORE, the Queens College Chapter of the National Student Association (NSA), and Queens College education majors and professors. The Project comprised two initiatives: the provision of free tutoring services to schoolchildren in South Jamaica, Queens and in Prince Edward County, Virginia. Shaw was a founder of the Jamaica program and one of several coordinators of the Virginia project.

Prince Edward County, Virginia was a focal point in the fight for racial equality in education. In 1951, Barbara Johns, a black student in Prince Edward County, led her classmates in a strike for a better school. With the help of the NAACP, Johns and her classmates filed a desegregation lawsuit that became one of four cases that made up the historic Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education (1954). In 1959, Prince Edward County de-funded and closed their public schools rather than comply with court mandated integration. This development was part of Virginia’s policy of “Massive Resistance” to desegregation. The Prince Edward County public school system would not re-open until 1964.

During the spring of 1963, Shaw tutored students in South Jamaica, Queens; by the fall of 1963, over 220 Queens College students had volunteered in the program. During the summer of 1963, the Virginia Student Help Project, under the direction of faculty members Dr. Rachel Weddington and Dr. Sidney Simon, sent sixteen student tutors, including Shaw, to Farmville, the Prince Edward County seat. Stan Shaw and Michael Wenger were awarded the B’nai B’rith Human Relations Award in May 1964 for their work with the Student Help Project.

Shaw enjoyed a distinguished career in special education, serving as a researcher, professor, and policy advocate. He received an M.A. in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado (1968) and an Ed.D. in Special Education and Disadvantaged Youth from the University of Oregon (1971). He is a Professor Emeritus of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut and a Senior Research Scholar and Associate Director at the Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability.

(1) Shaw began as Chairman of the Queens College Chapter of the NAACP, but decided to change the group’s affiliation to CORE part way through the year.

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Scope and Contents

The Stan Shaw Collection documents his experiences as a coordinator and tutor with the Queens College Student Help Project. The bulk of the collection dates from 1963 to 1964 and includes a diary, press releases, reports, printed material, photographs and a poster. The collection provides evidence of the Student Help Project’s tutoring initiatives in Queens, New York and Prince Edward County, Virginia. More broadly, the collection documents of the 1960s civil rights movement and the fight for racial justice in the United States.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged topically and by format.

Series I: Personal
Series II: Student Help Project
Series III: Printed Materials
Subseries A: New York
Subseries B: Virginia
Subseries C: Other
Series IV: Photographs
Series V: Posters

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Restrictions

Access

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

Copyright

The Stan Shaw Collection is physically owned by the Queens College Libraries. Literary 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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Related Material

Rosalind Andrews Collection, Queens College

Phyllis Padow-Sederbaum Collection, Queens College

Michael Wenger Collection, Queens College

Debby Yaffe Collection, Queens College

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Control Access Terms

Civil rights movements -- Virginia -- Prince Edward County
Congress of Racial Equality
Prince Edward County (V.A.) -- History
Segregation in education -- Virginia -- Prince Edward County
Shaw, Stanley
Shaw, Stanley
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Source

Donated by Stan Shaw in 2009.

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Series Descriptions and Container List

Series I: Personal
This series contains a diary documenting Shaw’s impressions of living and teaching in Prince Edward County, Virginia between July 15 and August 8, 1963. This series also includes a letter addressed to Shaw and colleague Mike Wenger from Carolyn and Robert Goodman, parents of Andrew Goodman. Goodman, a Queens College student, was murdered with two other civil rights workers in Neshoba County, Mississippi in 1964.
Diary (Manuscript Photocopy) ( July 15 to August 7, 1963 ) Box-folder 1-1
Diary (Manuscript Transcription) ( July 15 to August 7, 1963 ) Box-folder 1-2
Letter from Carolyn and Robert Goodman ( October 2, 1964 ) Box-folder 1-3
Series II: Student Help Project
This series contains press releases and reports documenting the organization’s activities and publicizing its successes.
Press Releases ( 1963 - 1964 ) Box-folder 1-4
Student Help Project Report ( February, 1964 ) Box-folder 1-5
Series III: Printed Material
This series is divided into three subseries. New York consists of articles from New York City, Long Island, and Queens College newspapers on the Student Help Project. Virginia is comprised of Virginia-based newspaper articles on the Prince Edward County school closings and civil rights movement. Other includes a 1963 Time magazine article and coverage in the Congressional Record.
Subseries A: New York
Newspaper Articles ( 1963 ) Box-folder 1-6
Newspaper Articles ( 1964 ) Box-folder 1-7
Subseries B: Virginia
Newspaper Articles ( 1963 ) Box-folder 1-8
Subseries C: Other
Congressional Record (selected) ( 1963 ) Box-folder 1-9
Newspaper and Magazine Articles ( 1963-1964, 1976 ) Box-folder 1-10
Series IV: Photographs
This series consists of two 8 by 10 inch photographs. The first shows Shaw instructing three students in Prince Edward County, Virginia. The second documents Shaw and colleague Mike Wenger receiving the B’nai B’rith Human Relations Award.
Prince Edward County, Virginia; Stan Shaw with 3 students ( 1963 ) Box-folder 1-11
Queens College, Flushing, New York; Mike Wenger, Stan Shaw and Belema Reiner ( May 5, 1964 ) Box-folder 1-12
Series V: Posters
This series consists of a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) poster with a picture of a black sharecropper and the words “One Man, One Vote.” Shaw was supporter of SNCC throughout the 1960s and obtained the poster at one of their New York meetings.
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, “One Man, One Vote” ( undated ) Box-folder 1-13