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Office of Public Affairs Photograph Collection, 1947-2006

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Series IV: Protest and Activism Photographs

These photographs consist of black-and-white photographic prints, negatives, and contact sheets depicting student protest activities at Columbia from April 21, 1967 to April 21, 1969, with the overwhelming majority of items dating from April and May, 1968 - the period of the most sustained and significant student protests at Columbia.

The images depict protest activities around the campus, scenes of the occupation in a number of Columbia buildings, and the aftermath of these occupations, as well as many of the Columbia individuals who were prominently involved in the student protests. These individuals include SDS student leader Mark Rudd, Columbia President Grayson Kirk, Vice President David Truman, Columbia College Dean Henry Coleman, and Assistant Dean Michael Platt. Faculty members who figured prominently in events, such as Michael Sovem (Co-chair of the Executive Committee of the Joint Faculties of Columbia and later President of Columbia), Alan Westin (also Co-chair of the Executive Committee and a member of the Ad Hoc Faculty Group Steering Committee), and Immanual Wallerstein (Ad Hoc Faculty Group Steering Committee), as well as Archibald Cox and other members of the Cox Commission, which was formed in early May, 1968 to investigate the causes of the protests, are also featured in these images.

Prints, negatives, and contact sheets are arranged chronologically and housed together in two archival photo binders. Two sets of negatives are 120 mm format, while the rest of the items in the collection are 35 mm format. Duplicate copies of some prints and numerous duplicates of some contact sheets have been retained, but they are foldered and housed separately in one manuscript box.

Apart from the 1967 and 1969 rolls, the prints and contact sheets were originally housed in 15 large manila envelopes, which were dated on the outside, while the negatives were housed in 65 protective sleeves, which were labeled "Protest" and also bore dates, along with A, B, C, ...markings in some instances (e.g. "4/48/68-A "); these additional notations are on the inventory listing, when applicable.

A few of the negative sleeves also had brief descriptive hand-written notes about the subjects of the photos. In addition, many of the negatives and contact sheets had themselves been dated, presumably by their photographer. These dates and notes have been used to date the items and to organize and describe the collection. They have been compared with dates in the select chronologies of events depicted.

The University Photographer for the Office of Public Affairs during these years was Manny Warman, but the negatives cannot be definitively attributed to him. Some negative sleeves had names noted on them, along with dates and other information, and these may be the names of photographers; this information is noted as follows:

"Phil": rolls 12, 18,23,24,29,30,38,39,40,41,51,5455,58 "Goldstein": rolls 12,21,27,34,43,63 "O'Stearle": roll28 "Heller": roll 29 "Erica": roll 36

"Bob Noble": rolls 69, 70 "Eckenberg": roll 73



Binder 2 Roll 74 Protest against Marine Recruiting, 1967 April 21, 1967

(negatives and prints)


Binder 2 Roll 75 Protest against Marine Recruiting, 1967 April 21, 1967

(negatives and prints)


Binder 2 Roll 76 Protest against Marine Recruiting, 1967 April 21, 1967

(negatives)


Binder 2 Roll 77 Protest against Marine Recruiting, 1967 April 21, 1967

(negatives)


Binder 2 Roll 78 Protest, 1967 April 21, 1967

(negatives)



Binder 1 Roll 1 Demonstrators-Low Library and Hamilton Hall; Dean Henry Coleman of Columbia College, 1968 April 24, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 2 Press Conference-Grayson Kirk, David Truman, 1968 April 24, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 3 Low Library; President's Office?, 1968 April 24, 1968

(120 mm negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 4 Demonstrators-Low Library, Hamilton Hall, College Walk; Dean Coleman, 1968 April 26, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 5 Demonstrators-Low Library and Low steps, 1968 April 26, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 6 Mark Rudd Press Conference; campus shots, 1968 April 27, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 7 Demonstrators around campus, 1968 April 28, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 8 Demonstrators-Low Library; Alma Mater; H. Rap Brown?, 1968 April 28, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 9 Shots around the campus, 1968 April 28, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 10 Mark Rudd and Other Student Protestors Speaker, 1968 April 28, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 11 Faculty (after meeting?); Press Conference: Alan Westin and Immanuel Wallerstein; Outside Shots around campus, 1968 April 28, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 12 Demonstration Aftermath inside a building, 1968 April 28, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 13 Press Conference: Grayson Kirk, David Truman; Dean Henry Coleman, 1968 April 28, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 14 Faculty; Westin and Wallerstein; Outside Hamilton Hall; College Walk, 1968 April 28, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 15 Faculty after meeting, 1968 April 28, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 16 Outside Hamilston Hall, Low Library, 1968 April 28, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 17 Faculty and Majority Coalition outside Low Library, 1968 April 28, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 18 Demonstrators outside Low Library windows, 1968 April 28, 1968

(negatives and contact sheet)


Binder 1 Roll 19 Demostrators outside Low Library windows; Police, 1968 April 28, 1968

(negatives and contact sheet)


Binder 1 Roll 20 Outside Low Library-Majority Coalition?, 1968 April 28, 1968

(negatives and contact sheet)


Binder 1 Roll 21 Demonstrators outside Low Library and outside Low Windows, 1968 April 29, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 22 Demonstrators outside Low Library and outside Low Windows, 1968 April 29, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 23 Demonstrators outside Low Library Windows, 1968 April 29, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 24 Demonstrators and Faculty outside Low Library, 1968 April 29, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 25 Demonstrators outside Low Library, 1968 April 29, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 26 Demonstrators, 1968 April 30, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 27 Demonstration aftermath inside buildings, 1968 April 30, 1968

(negatives and contact sheets)


Binder 1 Roll 28 Demonstration aftermath inside and outside buildings, 1968 April 30, 1968

(negatives and contact sheets)


Binder 1 Roll 29 Demonstration aftermath inside buildings, 1968 April 30, 1968

(negatives and contact sheets)


Binder 1 Roll 30 Demonstration aftermath inside buildings, 1968 April 30, 1968

(negatives and contact sheets)


Binder 1 Roll 31 Demonstration aftermath inside buildings, 1968 April 30, 1968

(negatives and contact sheets)


Binder 1 Roll 32 Demonstration aftermath inside buildings, 1968 April 30, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 33 Demonstrators outside Low Library windows; Faculty?, 1968 April 30, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 34 Demonstration aftermath inside buildings, 1968 April 30, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 35 Demonstrators outside Low Library and Butler Library, 1968 May 1, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 36 Demonstrators; Police; Demonstration aftermath, 1968 May 1, 1968

(negatives and contact sheets)


Binder 1 Roll 37 Demonstrators on Amsterdam Avenue and outside St. Paul's Chapel, 1968 May 1, 1968

(negatives and contact sheets)


Binder 1 Roll 38 Shots around campus, 1968 May 2, 1968

(negatives and contact sheets)


Binder 1 Roll 39 Shots around campus and off-campus, 1968 May 3, 1968

(negatives and contact sheets)


Binder 1 Roll 40 Mark Rudd, 1968 May 3, 1968

(negatives and contact sheets)


Binder 1 Roll 41 Night-time shots, 1968 May 3, 1968

(negatives and contact sheets)


Binder 1 Roll 42 Group watching David Truman on television, 1968 May 3, 1968

(negatives and contact sheets)


Binder 1 Roll 43 Archibald Cox and Columbia Faculty, 1968 May 5, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 44 Shots of strike around campus; Avery, Schermerhorn, 1968 May 6, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 1 Roll 45 Demonstrators around campus, 1968 May 6, 1968

(negatives and contact sheets)



Binder 2 Roll 46 Cox Commission: group photos, 1968 May 7, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 2 Roll 47 Cox Commission Members-Archibald Cox, Dana L. Farnsworth, Hylan G. Lewis, 1968 May 7, 1968

(negatives, contacts sheets, and prints)


Binder 2 Roll 48 Inside a classroom and demonstrators outside, 1968 May 7, 1968

(negatives and contact sheets)


Binder 2 Roll 49 Professor teaching on lawn; Demonstrators on Broadway and Low Library steps, 1968 May 8, 1968

(negatives, contact sheets, and prints)


Binder 2 Roll 50 Michael Sovern and Alan Westin-co-chairs of Executive Committee of Joint Faculties, 1968 May 8, 1968

(negatives and contact sheets)


Binder 2 Roll 51 Demonstration speakers on Low Library steps, 1968 May 9, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 2 Roll 52 "Editor and Publisher" demonstration article, 1968 May 11, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 2 Roll 53 David Truman: Press Conference, 1968 May 17, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 2 Roll 54 Demonstrators off-campus and on campus, 1968 May 17, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 2 Roll 55 Night-time demonstration; Police Lines, 1968 May 17, 1968

(negatives and contact sheets)


Binder 2 Roll 56 Demonstration aftermath inside buildings, 1968 May 22, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 2 Roll 57 Grayson Kirk Press Conference; Deans Coleman and Platt; Demonstrators outside Hamilton and inside, 1968 May 22, 1968

(prints)


Binder 2 Roll 58 Demonstration aftermath; Empty classrooms, 1968 May 22, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 2 Roll 59 Grayson Kirk Press Conference; Demonstrators, 1968 May 22, 1968

(contact sheets)


Binder 2 Roll 60 David Truman Press Conference, 1968 May 23, 1968

(negatives and contact sheets)


Binder 2 Roll 61 Demonstrators outside Low Library; Dean Coleman addresses students, 1968 May 25?, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 2 Roll 62 Commencement and Demonstrations, 1968 June 4, 1968

(prints)


Binder 2 Roll 63 Anti-war demonstration outside Hamilton Hall, 1968 June 17, 1968

(negatives and prints)


Binder 2 Roll 64 Demonstration on Low Library steps, 1968 September 18, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 2 Roll 65 Demonstrations, administrators, police, 1968 September 18, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 2 Roll 66 Demonstration, 1968 September 18, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 2 Roll 67 Demonstrators on Low Library steps, 1968 September 18, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 2 Roll 68 Demonstrators on Low Library steps, 1968 September 18, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 2 Roll 69 Demonstrators on Low Library steps, 1968 September 18, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 2 Roll 70 Anti-war Demonstration, 1968 September 23, 1968

(negatives)


Binder 2 Roll 79 Protest-on campus, 1969 April 17, 1969

(negatives)


Binder 2 Roll 80 Protest-Terry, etc., 1969 April 17, 1969

(negatives)


Binder 2 Roll 81 Protest-Terry, etc., 1969 April 17, 1969

(negatives)


Binder 2 Roll 82 Protest-Terry, etc., 1969 April 17, 1969

(negatives)


Binder 2 Roll 83 Protest, 1969 April 21, 1969

(negatives)


Binder 2 Roll 71 Demonstrations outside Low Library and Hamilton Hall, undated

(negatives)


Binder 2 Roll 72 Columbia Demonstration; Barnard Demonstration, undated

(negatives)


Binder 2 Roll 73 Aerial views of campus, n.d

(120 mm negatives)