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Clippings from a Long Island newspaper describe the mobilization of support to create Queens College.


Queens College (New York, N.Y.)


North Shore Daily Journal




Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)




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Start Campaign For Free Queens College

Committee Will Study Plans For Institution
Judge Colden Urges Group of Prominent Citizens At Flushing Meeting To Support Movement
Fact Finding Group To Gather Data To Be Used In Drafting Petition To Board Of Estimate
Efforts to secure a free city college for Queens were speeded at a meeting held last night at the Pomonok Country Club. The gathering of several prominent citizens was called by County Judge Colden, who presided as chairman, and named a special committee to study all angles of the situation and to map plans for bringing a higher institution of learning to Queens.
In addressing the men and women, Judge Colden urged that there be no delay in making a full study of the proposal.
"Let us get the facts and draft petitions for presentation to the Board of Education and the Board of Estimate as speedily as possible," said Judge Colden.
It will be the job of the fact finding committee appointed by Judge Colden to tabulate the number of prospective students who would register for courses and to secure various other information which would be of use to the general committee of 20 engaged in pushing the campaign.
The Parental School property, created for the reformation of boys who refuse to abide by the ordinary rules of discipline and conduct in force in the public school system, but which has been virtually abandoned since the Grand Jury investigation of several months ago revealed not only the inadequacies of the school program but indications of brutality in dealing with the pupils, is proposed as the site for the new institution.
It was suggested by Judge Colden that in event the efforts to secure a free college are successful, the college bear the name of Dr. A. C. McLachlan, retired principal of the Jamaica Normal School. Judge Colden is a graduate of the Jamaica Normal School and served for 8 years as a teacher before being admitted to the bar. Dr. McLachlan whom he proposed to honor was present at last night's meeting.

Many Support Plan
Among those present at the meeting and who expressed themselves as in hearty accord with the plan were:
Dr. Julius Yourman of the New York University School of Education and chairman of the Queens Council of Social Progress; John T. Flynn, associate editor of Collier's Magazine, and lone Queens resident-member on the Board of Higher Education; Peter M. Horn, attorney and president of the Central Queens Allied Civic Council; Mrs. Webster Williams, president of the Colony Club of Queens.
Edward Rozett, representing the Elmhurst Manor Community Councils; Martin H. Weyranch, T. Norman Palmer, Cleveland Rodgers, Carlyle L. Hutzelman, president of the Woodhaven Civic Association.
Frederick L. Macnutt, president of the Queensboro Chamber of Commerce; John Nachman, president of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce; Mrs. William L. Nisbet, representing the Queensboro Federation of Mothers' Clubs; Dr. Ralph R. Temple, professor of government at Brooklyn College and attorney for the Hollis-St. Albans Civic Association.
Mrs. Charles B. Williams, chairman of the Queens Committee of
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500 for Beautification and Sanitation in Queens; T. Harold Forbes, publisher of the North Shore Daily Journal; Mrs. W. S. Schonmaker of the Jamaica Women's Clubs; Jabez Dunningham of the Queens Council of Civic Associations; Dr. Samuel A. Rutledge, chairman of the economics department at Newtown High School, and Mrs. Eleanor Towns, secretary to the Queensboro Council of Social Agencies.
The citizens' committee will have as its secretary Dr. Rutledge, who will also serve as chairman of the fact finding committee.

Predict Big Enrollment
In explaining how the Parental School could be converted into a free city college. Judge Colden said that it will be occupied by children from Randall's Island for the next 6 months, but that after that time the 12 buildings in the group, containing 39 rooms each accomodate 30 students.
Based on the number of Queens young men and women attending other free city colleges, it was predicted that an initial enrollment of 2,500 to 4,000 students transferring from Hunter College, of the City of New York, both in Manhattan and from Brooklyn College. Hundreds of other boys and girls graduating from Queens High Schools during the next year were also regarding as potential students of the proposed institution.
The problem of transportation could be easily solved, Judge Colden declared. If the Parental School is changed into a free college, buses could be routed from stations of the Hillside and Flushing subway stations to the proposed campus.

North Shore Daily Journal - August 7, 1935.

Original Format

Newspaper clipping
11.5 x 13.5 inches (292 x 343mm)


North Shore Daily Journal, “Start Campaign for Free Queens College,” Queens College Archives and Special Collections, accessed July 7, 2022,