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Arranged in two series, in chronological order.
The Charles Coleman papers consist of two record cartons containing records, drafts, back issues, and correspondence relating to the Guardian newsletter, the official publication of The Guardians, the oldest organization dedicated to representing African-American police offices in the NYPD. This collection is related to oral history interviews conducted with Coleman and other members of the Guardians. We intend to acquire other collections from group members which will together create a linked collection telling a comprehensive history of this significant organization.
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Restrictions on Access
You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
This collection has no restrictions.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Charles Coleman Collection of The Guardians Association Newsletters; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
New York Police Department Guardians Oral History Collection, 2015-2016, Columbia Center for Oral History Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University.
Accruals are expected
Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
2016.2017.M064: Source of acquisition--Charles Coleman. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--10/10/2016.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers processed, ptl 11/03/2016.
2016-11-04 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
The Guardians Association is a fraternal organization of the NYPD founded in 1943. They work to ensure professional support, promote community, and celebrate the shared history of black police. Over the years, they became mentors, organizers, educators, and advocates for one another, opening doors for the advancement of black police for generations to come.