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LGBT Issues and Activism

This exhibit showcases materials in the Queens College Archives that document LGBT issues and activism, both at the college and beyond. The efforts and experiences of two New York City area activists, Robert Rygor and Joan Nestle, a graduate of Queens College, are represented.

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1963 Student Help Project Timeline

Many of our collections were donated by activists who participated in the Student Help Project in Jamaica, Queens, and Prince Edward County, Virginia, in 1963. This timeline visually displays date-stamped materials and is the result of our "50 Years Ago Today" social media project, launched on May 1st, 2013. The project Tweeted items daily to provide greater access to materials while also highlighting the daily work of civil rights activists at Queens College. The items displayed are just highlights; the collections hold much more on the Student Help Project and other student activism.


Student Help Project Art Book

This art book was created by Queens College Art & Design students to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Student Help Project's Prince Edward County involvement. The students worked with archival materials to reinterpret the materials and to show case them in new ways.


Archiving Occupy Project

Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is a movement based around a rejection of the inequalities inherent in capitalism. Influenced by the mass uprisings in the Middle East, Europe, and other parts of the world, and sparked by a call to action in the July 2011 issue of Adbusters magazine, a group of activists established OWS in New York City in late summer 2011. OWS grew into the largest series of mass protests in the United States since the 1960s through the use of occupied public spaces, direct actions, and publications.


McCarthyism at Queens College

This site is a digital reproduction of the exhibit McCarthyism at Queens College, 1947-1955. The exhibit was originally installed in the Rotunda of the Benjamin Rosenthal Library at Queens College from September 2 through October 18, 2003.