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History and College Life : Civil Rights, Vietnam War and Divestiment

This guide presents select resources on Douglass and Rutgers Colleges' history. Originally created for the History and College Life seminar taught by Prof. Nancy Hewitt, Fall '12. .

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Civil Rights and Vietnam


Divestment (1980s)

Sample Subject Headings


College students

Civil rights


Social justice

Social movements 

Student movements

Vietnam War, 1961-1975

Published Primary Sources

Caellian. Douglass College student newspaper. Index available for 1921-1955 only. SC/UA, microform version available at Douglass microform collection. 

Quair: Yearbook of Douglass College. 1922-2006 (with gaps) Douglass REF LD6597.Q8 and SC/UA.

Rutgers Alumni Monthly (November 1963) p.8-9. Article offers an account of events that led Harris to prison in Americus, GA; p.9 has "an Appeal" from Chaplain Bradford Abernathy to Rutgers Alumni for contributions for Harris's legal fund. 

Rutgers Daily Targum 1869-  Rutgers College student newspaper. No index available. Recent issues availale online here. SC/UA.

Scarlet Letter (New Brunswick, N.J.) 1871-  The yearbook of Rutgers College. SC/UA. 

New York Times Historical [Rutgers restricted]

Washington Post [Rutgers restricted]

Archival Collections

In Americus, GA "Seditious Conspiracy" (July-Aug, 1963). In the Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement Website. Offers the account of the 'conspiracy' in Americus that led Harris and others to prison. 

Oral History/Interview Donald Harris, In the Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement Website. Interviewed by Emily Stoper 1966 or 1967. This interview is also published in Emily Stoper's book: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee: the Growth of Radicalism in a Civil Rights Organization (1989). CAMDEN E185.61.S876 1989. 

Records of the Rutgers University Chaplain Bradford S. Abernethy, 1928-1974Includes correspondence with Donald Harris, RC'63. While working as a member of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Harris was charged for insurrection and incarcerated. Abenerthy led the efforts on and off campus to release Harris. 

Records of the Rutgers University Office of the President (Mason Welch Gross)

Records of the Rutgers Unversity Dean of Student Affairs Earle W. Clifford Jr., 1952-1973. 

Rutgers Through the Years. Rutgers timeline through history listing major events at university.  See the decades for 1960 and 1970.

Rutgers Presidents, 1766-2012 provides a biographical sketch of the Rutgers Presidents. The collections of papers of each President are housed at the University Archives. 

Secondary Sources

Clayborne Carson. In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s (1981, 1995). ALEXANDER E185.92.C37 1981, ALEXANDER E185.61.C27 1995. References to Donald Harris: p.92-93, 134-135. 

Richard P. McCormick. The Black Student Protest Movement at Rutgers (1990). ALEXANDER, DANA, ROBESON, SC/UA LD4756.M38 1990. References to Donald Harris: p.11-13. 

Emily Stoper. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee: the Growth of Radicalism in a Civil Rights Organization (1989). CAMDEN E185.61.S876 1989. Harris's interview: p.145-172. Also includes interviews with other SNCC members including Ella Baker, Julian Bond, Barney Frank, Fannie Lou Hamer, Charles Jones, and John Louis. 

Howard Zinn. SNCC; the New Abolitionists (1964, 1965). ALEXANDER, DANA E185.61.Z49. DANA, DOUGLASS, CARR, ROBESON E185.61.Z49 1965. References to Donald Harris: p.182-183. 

Other Information on Donald Harris

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