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James Forman Library Collection

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Jim dear - May the words spoken here be an inspiration for other to carry on. Bob & Carolyn Goodman

Whatever and wherever your paper may be, pull it all together and collect it at your desk or in your work area.
The longest home office job I ever had took only three days!
One word of caution - don't work too long at one sitting on this job. Your…

Relax & Do The Most Important thing at all times

Meyer Lansky, Lucky Luciano and Bugsy Siegel once comprised enforcement branch of Costello organization - a group known as the Bug-Meyer mob of executioners. Lansky, Luciano and Siegel were called "The Homicide Squad" by other mobsters....…


Jackson Police Chief Deputy J. L. Ray was confronted by objections from James Forman, an official of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, yesterday as police arrested 74 demonstrators who attempted a march to the…


James Forman Library Collection


James Forman (1928-2005) was a civil rights leader, writer, and academic known for his work with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Black Panthers, and the Unemployment and Poverty Action Committee (UPAC). His Black Manifesto of 1969 is regarded as an important watershed in the movement for slavery reparations. He graduated with a B.A. from Roosevelt University, an M.A. from Cornell University in 1980, and Ph.D. from Union of Experimental Colleges in 1982. His library was donated to Queens College in 2010 and consists of over 1,700 books, 2,000 pamphlets and academic journals, as well as taped oral histories and copies of the documentaries Forman produced. Additionally, the collection includes 10.5 linear feet of FBI files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The eclectic collection, which often contains evidence of Forman's reading, covers a variety of topics in including history, poetry, government reports, biographies, political works, and mathematical and science books. The pamphlet collection contains many ephemeral publications from leftist political organizations, some of which are rare. The Library complements the collection of Forman's personal papers at the Library of Congress.

Most of the items in this collection have not been digitized. Click here to view the finding aid of this collection.