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The Queens College Civil Rights Archive collects published and unpublished works relating to civil rights activities such as personal papers, community materials, organizational records, non-print materials, and artifacts. The archive is particularly strong in materials documenting civil rights work by Queens College students during the early to mid 1960s. The digital presence of the civil rights archive comprises only a small selection of our materials. Digitization projects and online exhibits are created by Special Collections staff and Fellows.

Special Collections and Archives Director: Dr. Robert Shaddy

Civil Rights Website Manager/Programmer: Thomas Cleary (Spring 2014-Present)


The development of this website began during the Spring of 2010 as a collaboration between the Civil Rights Archive of the Queens College Department of Special Collections, directed by Dr. Benjamin Alexander, and Dr. Kwong-Bor Ng of the Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Under Dr. Ng's supervision, graduate students made code-level modifications to the open-source Omeka platform. Dr. Alexander and the staff of the Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives generated a Dublin Core metadata schema and selected, digitized, and provided semantic information to the technical team. The project has grown to include the ongoing participation of Special Collections Fellows who select, scan and provide metadata for the site under staff supervision each semester.

Thank you to our previous staff and graduate students who have developed this website:

Civil Rights Website Manager/Programmer: Alexandra Dolan-Mescal (Fall 2012- Winter 2014)

Special Collections and Archives Director: Dr. Benjamin Alexander (2010-2014)

2013 AssistantWhitney Bates (Content Additions)

Website Managers: Annie Tummino (Fall 2010-Summer 2012); Kevin Schlottmann (Spring 2010)

Technical Director: Dr. Kwong-Bor Ng

Interface Design & Programming: Technical Fellows Valery Chen, Jing Si Feng, Yue Fan, & Christine Parker

Metadata Creation & Scanning: Special Collections Fellows David Gary, Emily Lazio, Lige Rushing, Angela Spitzer, Andy McCarthy, & Robin Potter

Special thanks to the teachers and students at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School of Forest Hills for their contributions to items and metadata added to the Elliot Linzer Collection during the 2011-2012 school year.

To learn more about the development of this project, please see Digitizing Civil Rights: An Omeka-based Pilot Digital Presence for the Queens College Civil Rights Archive in Digitization in the Real World by Valery Chen, Jing Si Feng & Kevin Schlottmann.


Contact Us:

Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11367-1597
Telephone: 718-997-3650
E-Mail: QC.Archives@qc.cuny.edu