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Joanne Grant research files, 1963-1968

Summary Information

Abstract

This collection consists of the working materials Joanne Grant, a journalist and activist, collected for the research and publication of her 1969 book Confrontation on Campus: Columbia Pattern for the New Protest (New York: New American Library, 1969).

At a Glance

Call No.: UA#0141
Bib ID 6892009 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Grant, Joanne
Title Joanne Grant research files, 1963-1968
Physical Description 1.44 linear feet (3 document boxes)
Language(s) English
Access

This collection is located offsite. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions. Some personal material may be restricted due to the presence of personal names and information.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in three series. Series I: Research Materials on Columbia University Student Uprisings, 1965-1968 Subseries I.1: Pre-uprising 1963-1968 Subseries I.2: Uprising 1966-1968 Series II: Materials collected from Laura Foner, 1968 Series III. Photographs of Columbia University Student Uprisings, 1968.

Description

Summary

This collection is a repository of Joanne Grant's research materials for her 1969 book Confrontation on Campus: The Columbia Pattern for the New Protest. The collection contains both Grant's notes taken throughout the Columbia revolt, as well as collected research materials. These materials consist of Strike Coordinating Committee fliers, agendas, leaflets and official statements. In addition, the collection includes the responses of faculty, administration and community members to the strike. The collection also contains materials from the Independent Committee on Vietnam at Columbia University, student protest files against Columbia's involvement in the war. The materials consist of fliers, letters, telegrams and pictures.

  • Series I: Columbia University Student Uprisings

    This series contains materials that document the issues leading up to the uprising and provides a chronology of student, faculty, community and administrative involvement in the 1968 strike. The folders within each subseries are arranged alphabetically.

  • Series II: Materials Collected from Laura Foner

    This series contains research materials collected from Laura Foner, a Columbia University graduate student and member of SNCC. The papers that were contributed by Foner are marked in the top right hand corner of each page with her initials: LF.

  • Series III: Photographs

    Photographs used by Grant in her 1969 book on Columbia University student uprisings Confrontation on Campus. Most of the images are annotated on the back.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located offsite. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions. Some personal material may be restricted due to the presence of personal names and information.

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.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Joanne Grant Research Files, Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Collection, processed by Megan French GSAS, 2013.

Finding aid wittten by Megan French, June, 2008.

Revision Description

2009-03-05 File created.

2009-04-16 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clippings (Information Artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ephemera Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Handbills Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Newsletters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Press releases Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Black Panther Party Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Civil rights movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College students -- Political activity -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia Spectator Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- : Administration Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- : Alumni and alumnae -- : Societies, etc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- : History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- : Student strike, 1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- : Students Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- : Students -- : Political activity Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University Student Coordinating Committee Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. Students' Afro-American Society Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia-Barnard Citizenship Council Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Committee for the Defense of Property Rights Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Community Action Committee Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
December Fourth Movement Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Draft resisters -- Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Employees for March 25th Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Faculty Peace Action Committee Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grant, Joanne Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kirk, Grayson L (Grayson Louis), 1903-1997 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Morningside Housing Committee Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Peace movements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Progressive Labor Party Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Radical Faculty Group Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rudd, Mark Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Social movements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Student Mobilization Committee (U.S.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Student Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam a.k.a. SMC Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Student movements -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Student-administrator relationships Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Students for a Free Campus Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Students for a Reconstructed University a.k.a. SRU Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Joanne Grant, born in 1930 in Ithaca, New York to a biracial mother and white father, graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in history and journalism. At 27, Grant traveled throughout the Soviet Union and China, defying state bans on travel to Communist countries, seeking alternatives to an American political system that perpetuated segregation and class divides. Grant was deeply interested in finding organizing and mobilizing tools through which to address the racial and economic inequities of American democracy. Upon her return, the young journalist briefly assisted W.E.B. DuBois, noted black scholar, intellectual, and activist. DuBois, who had left the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), an organization he had founded, as the leadership became more mainstream, sought increasingly more radical alliances for his activism. Undoubtedly, DuBois' mounting frustrations with the unfulfilled promises of equality through integration and his profound interest in creating international Communist alliances, influenced Grant.

With DuBois' referral, Grant took a position as a journalist at the Leftist New York weekly The National Guardian in 1960 and traveled throughout the South to detail Civil Rights struggles for the paper, writing on Freedom Summer, the Citizenship School movement, marches and voter registration drives. Her reporting connected to her to the folks of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a militant student organization that used direct action to protest segregation, and to SNCC's founder, Ella Baker. Baker, who had gotten her start as an activist in the NAACP some twenty-five years before, had persuaded Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to hold a college conference in 1960, on the heels of sporadic youth action to desegregate college campuses. The symposium birthed SNCC, and Baker left the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to become the young organization's advisor. Impressed by the expansive direct action program SNCC was implementing, Grant joined the organization, both as a journalist and activist. Her journalism for The Guardian provided a platform for SNCC to publicize their work and the repressive responses of politicians, law enforcement and white citizens.

She married Victor Rabinowitz in 1967, a New York lawyer and activist who defended many Leftist organizations throughout the various freedom struggles of the 1960s including leaders of the Weather Underground, SNCC, and high-profile communists. Grant's experiences with SNCC and the Black freedom movement informed her comprehensive document- based history of the black struggle against oppression entitled Black Protest: 350 Years of History, Documents, and Analyses (New York: Fawcett, 1968). Her involvement with SNCC also led her to cover and participate in the student uprisings at Columbia University in 1968. The result was her history and analysis of the strike in Confrontation on Campus: The Columbia Pattern for the New Protest. Evident in her writings is Ms. Grant's overwhelming desire to find new means through which to fight oppression and inequality within the American democratic system.

Grant and Rabinowitz traveled extensively, including a trip to Cuba where Grant charmed Castro into allowing them to accompany the Cuban president on a leg of a speaking tour throughout the country. Her later work, a film entitled Fundi (1981) and later book, Ella Baker: Freedom Bound (New York: Wiley, 1998), were both dedicated to exploring the life and grassroots activism of SNCC founder Ella Baker.