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Forbes Hill Collection

Forbes Iverson Hill was born in Berkeley, California in June of 1928 and grew up in Southern and Central California. He graduated from Gonzales Union High School (in Steinbeck country), with a class that numbered 18 students. Forbes’ college years lasted longer than most. He attended several different institutions, including Chicago’s Roosevelt…

Queens College Campus Unrest Collection

The Queens College Campus Unrest Collection contains papers, correspondence, and flyers regarding the Spring 1969 sit-in protest of the social science building by the Ad Hoc Committee to End Political Suppression. The protest was in defense of the three members of the Students for a Democratic Society who were arrested and charged for leading a…

Robert Rygor Papers

Robert Rygor worked as a community, LGBT rights and AIDS activist in and around Greenwich Village, Manhattan, for the majority of his adult life. Graduating from New York University in 1976 with an MBA in Finance, he worked briefly for Morgan Stanley (1972-1976) and then for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (1982-1990). He…

SEEK Collection

The SEEK program stands for Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge. The higher education opportunity program at the senior (four year) CUNY colleges. Established to provide comprehensive academic support to assist capable students who otherwise might not be able to attend college.

Andrew Goodman Collection

Aggregate collection of items relating to the life and death of Andrew Goodman.

Susan Nichols Collection

Susan Nichols was a volunteer in the Mississippi Freedom Project in 1964-1965. A graduate of Southern Illinois University, (B.A. in Psychology, 1983) and Boston University (Masters in Social Work, 1984). She worked for civil rights and social justice organizations, such as the Freedom Democratic Party, Caesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers, Let…

Sid Simon Collection

In 1965, a number of Queens College students participated in efforts to help black communities in Mississippi rebuild churches that were burned down by the KKK and other white supremacists groups. The action was part of the Committee of Concern a group of Mississippi religious leaders. Help was much needed by the locals, who did not have enough…

Art Gatti Collection

The Arthur Gatti Collection contains clippings, publications, documents, correspondence, fliers, posters, photographs, scrapbooks, and memorabilia documenting Gatti’s involvement in political and social activism during his tenure as a Queens College student in the early-to-mid 1960s. Materials emanate from both Gatti’s direct experience and the…

J Chester Johnson Collection

J. Chester Johnson was born on September 28, 1944 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He grew up in Arkansas and was educated at Harvard College and the University of Arkansas. From 1969 to 1970, during the later part of the Civil Rights movement, J. Chester Johnson taught in an all African-American public school in Monticello, Arkansas before public school…

Jean L Konzal Papers

As a Queens College student, Jean Leanore Konzal, née Stein, became a volunteer with the Student Help Project, an initiative that provided free tutoring services to under-served children in South Jamaica, Queens (circa 1962-1968). During the summer of 1963, sixteen members of the project, including Konzal, travelled to Farmville, Virginia, to…