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Mason Gross was the President of the University at the time of the Conklin Hall takeover. In addition to clippings, reports, official statements issued and other items relating to the protest, correspondence includes complaints received criticizing Rutgers' handling of student protests.
"The collection consists of cassette recordings of oral history interviews conducted by librarian emeritus Gilbert Cohen. These interviews document the city of Newark and Rutgers University-Newark in the 1960s and 1970s. Sixty people associated with the Rutgers-Newark campus were interviewed including students, faculty, administration, and staff representing a wide spectrum of political beliefs and levels of activism." Includes links to online audio and transcripts.
On February 24th 1969, members of the Rutgers-Newark Black Organization of Students (BOS)took over Conklin Hall, one of the main classroom buildings, to protest the lack of minority students and faculty on campus. A project of the John Cotton Dana Library Digital Preservation Initiative, the site features several slide shows, video interviews, a time line, and digital documents and photographs. [Note: This is the Internet Archive site; not all links are still working.]
"This study was guided by the following research question: How has Rutgers-Newark's commitment to community engagement evolved since the 1967 Newark disorders? The study revealed how community engagement can evolve within tertiary educational institutions in urban settings and, regarding the Rutgers-Newark campus, concludes that the following three major factors influenced the advancement of community engagement: leadership, vision and mission."