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Guide to the Vassar College 1990 Main Takeover Records, 1990-1991

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Title: Vassar College 1990 Main Takeover Records
Dates: 1990-1991
Quantity: 0.5 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Abstract: Correspondence, flyers, news clippings and press releases from the 1990 takeover, along with tapes and supporting documents from an oral history project undertaken the following year under the auspices of Elizabeth Daniels' "Testimony of the Past" class, which worked on documenting Vassar history.

Historical Note

On 29 January 1990 Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan gave the annual lecture as Vassar's Eleanor Roosevelt Chair, an honor given to a disinguished guest which included a public address in the Chapel. Although the address itself was not criticized, Moynihan was accused of making sexist and racist remarks at a reception immediately following the talk. In the subsequent weeks, a number of student organizations came together under an umbrella called the Coalition of Concerned Students to protest not only Moynihan's remarks, but the college administration's response to those remarks. Events culminated in a takeover of Main Building and a list of extended demands including the creation of a Black Student Center, an Intercultural Center, a task force on racism, and divestment from South Africa.

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Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, flyers, news clippings and press releases from the 1990 takeover, along with tapes and supporting documents from an oral history project undertaken the following year under the auspices of Elizabeth Daniels' "Testimony of the Past" class, which worked on documenting Vassar history.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 10 folders of paper materials and a box of audiotapes.

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Access and Use

Access

The audio/video material in this collection is restricted due to fragility. Please contact the staff for further information. The remainder of the collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to quote (publish) from unpublished or previously published material must be obtained as described in the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library.

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Related Material

  • The videotaped interviews are housed with Archives & Special Collection's video and film collection.

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Subject Headings

Names:

  • Moynihan, Daniel P. (Daniel Patrick), 1927-2003

Organizations:

  • Vassar College. Students

Subjects:

  • African American students
  • College students -- United States -- Attitudes
  • Student movements -- United States -- History -- 20th century
  • Students -- Political activity -- United States -- History -- 20th century

Document Types:

  • Audiocassettes
  • Videotapes

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Laura Streett, January 2015.

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Audiovisual material may require special viewers/players or digitization to preserve the masters.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Vassar College 1990 Main Takeover Records, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Original processing date unknown.

Acquisition Information

Transfer and date unknown. May have been transferred by Elizabeth Daniels, the College Historian.

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Container List

DOCUMENTS ISSUED BY STUDENTS DURING TAKEOVER

Folder 1.1 Research notes on Moynihan
Folder 1.1 Rewrite of research on Moynihan (incomplete document)
Folder 1.1 Student Coalition's statement on Eleanor Roosevelt Chair & "Moynihan Incident"
Folder 1.1 List of demands
Folder 1.1 Strategy sheet
Folder 1.1 Letter from Grant Litford to John Saverse re: missed employment 18 Feb. 1990
Folder 1.1 Original Mailing List from Coalition
Folder 1.1 Original letter from Tom Furtwangler and Rachel Shearer
Folder 1.1 List of ideas
Folder 1.1 Rough draft of position paper
Folder 1.1 Final draft of position paper
Folder 1.1 Floor plan of Main Building
Folder 1.1 Coalition meeting notes 18 Feb. 1990
Folder 1.1 "Agenda for 10:30 All Campus Meeting"
Folder 1.1 "Problems with Our Plan As It Was Articulated Last Night"
Folder 1.1 Letter from coalition to Vassar community
Folder 1.1 Student Coalition statement to President 15 Feb. 1990

DOCUMENTS ISSUED BY COLLEGE & SENATOR MOYNIHAN DURING & AFTER TAKEOVER

Folder 1.2 From President Fergusson 12 Feb. 1990
Folder 1.2 From President Fergusson 15 Feb. 1990
Folder 1.2 From President Fergusson 20 Feb. 1990
Folder 1.2 From President Fergusson 8 March 1990
Folder 1.2 Black Faculty Caucus Statement
Folder 1.2 From David Irvine to Vassar College EMS 20 Feb. 1990
Folder 1.2 From Senator Moynihan to President Fergusson 14 Feb. 1990

UNSOLICITED REACTIONS FROM BOTH ON & OFF CAMPUS

Folder 1.3 The Moynihan Rally: An Independent Reaction by John Semmel
Folder 1.3 Letter from The Right Angle to Coalition for Concerned Students
Folder 1.3 "Valentine's Day Vassacre Awards"
Folder 1.3 Letter from Molly Shanley to Cleon Edwards 16 Feb.1990
Folder 1.3 Note from "April" to Cleon Edwards 21 Feb. 1990
Folder 1.3 Unsigned postcard to Cleon Edwards
Folder 1.3 Unsigned letter to Cleon Edwards
Folder 1.3 Letter from Jack McGarvey to Cleon Edwards 15 Feb. 1990
Folder 1.3 Letter from John A. Bahrs 15 Feb. 1990
Folder 1.3 "Poem"
Folder 1.4 "The Valentine's Day Uprising," paper by David F. Gallagher, VC 1990

PRESS INFORMATION

Folder 2.1 Press Release 14 Feb. 1990
Folder 2.1 Press Release (draft) 15 Feb. 1990
Folder 2.1 Press Release 15 Feb. 1990
Folder 2.1 Complete Press packet 14 Feb. 1990
Folder 2.1 Press Release (draft) 12 Feb. 1990
Folder 2.1 Miscellany News 9 Feb. 1990
Folder 2.1 Miscellany News 16 Feb. 1990
Folder 2.1 Miscellany News 23 Feb. 1990
Folder 2.1 Miscellany News Editorial
Folder 2.1 AP Wire 13 Feb. 1990
Folder 2.1 NY Times 15 Feb. 1990
Folder 2.1 The Oracle 15 -21 Feb. 1990
Folder 2.1 Vassar Daily 16 Feb. 1990
Folder 2.1 Jet Magazine 20 March 1980
Folder 2.1 Poughkeepsie Journal 15 Feb. 1990
Folder 2.1 NY Post 15 Feb. 1990
Folder 2.1 NY Observer 12 Feb. 1990

DOCUMENTS ISSUED DURING ORAL HISTORY PROJECT

Folder 2.2 To Constance Berkley from Wendy Wasserman and Alison Froling 27 March 1991
Folder 2.2 To Folami and Obika Gray from Wendy Wasserman and Alison Froling 27 March 1991
Folder 2.2 To Wendy Wasserman from President Fergusson 26 March 1991
Folder 2.2 Suggested interview questions
Folder 2.2 Waiver form
Folder 2.3 Lists of negotiating teams and appendix
Folder 2.4 Overview comments 7 May 1991

INTERVIEW INDEXES AND SYNOPSES

Folder 2.5 Constance Berkley, Africana Studies Faculty,
Folder 2.5 D.B. Brown, Director of Counseling
Folder 2.5 Heather Ciociola, Student, Class of 1991, Main Student Fellow
Folder 2.5 Catherine Comins, Assistant Dean of Student Life
Folder 2.5 Nancy Dye, Dean of College
Folder 2.5 Cleon Edwards, Student, Class of 1990, BSU president,
Folder 2.5 Stacey Floyd and Rene Patterson, Students, Class of 1991
Folder 2.5 Tom Furtzwangler, Student, Class of 1992
Folder 2.6 Folami Gray, Director of Dutchess County Youth Bureau
Folder 2.6 Oblika Gray, Political Science/Africana Studies Faculty
Folder 2.6 James Montoya, Dean of Student Life
Folder 2.6 Ray Parker, Director of Campus Activities and College Center
Folder 2.6 Heidi Segal, Student, Class of 1990, 1990 class president
Folder 2.6 Michael Solomon, Student, class of 1991, EMT Coordinator
Folder 2.6 Shiokamini Somasundaram, Student, Class of 1991
Folder 2.6 Anthony Stellato, Vice President for Finance and Treasury,
Folder 2.6 Daphne Olive

AUDIOTAPED INTERVIEWS

3.1 Constance Berkley, WKID radio interview, 24 April 1991 (audio)
3.2 D.B. Brown, 17 April 1991 (audio)
3.3 Heather Ciociola, 24 April 1991 (audio and video)
3.3 Anthony Stellato, 24 April1 991 (audio and video)
3.4 Catherine Comins, 10 April 1991 (audio)
3.4 Obika and Folami Gray, 23 April 1991 (audio and video)
3.5 Nancy Dye, 17 April 1991 (audio)
3.5 James Montoya, 17 April 1991 (audio)
3.6 Cleon Edwards, WOR radio interview, 14 Feb. 1990 (audio)
3.7 Cleon Edwards, 28 April 1991 (audio)
3.8 Stacey Floyd and Rene Patterson, 1 April 1991 (audio)
3.9 Stacey Floyd and Rene Patterson, 1 May 1991 (audio)
3.10 Tom Furtwangler, 10 April 1991 (audio and video)
3.10 Raymon Parker, 1 May 1991 (audio and video)
3.11 Heidi Segal, 27 April 1991 (audio)
3.12 Michael Solomon, 1 May 1991 (audio)
3.12 Daphne Olive, 10 April 1991 (audio)
3.13 WOR radio interview, 14 Feb. 1990 (audio)
3.14 Vassar College Black Student Union, WKIP radio interview, 13 Feb. 1990
Shiokamini Somasundaram (video)

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