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The Newark Experience: 1969: The Conklin Hall Takeover

Archival Collections

Black Organization of Students Records (1967-1973)
Records of the student group that took over Conklin Hall on February 24, 1969. Among other things, includes correspondance, statements, position papers, meeting transcripts and event flyers.
Records of the Rutgers University Office of the President (Mason Welch Gross): 1936, 1945-1971
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.

Oral History

Inventory to the Rutgers-Newark in the 1960s and 1970s Oral History Collection, 1990-1992.
"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.

Resources

A Report to the New Jersey Legislature Concerning the Recent Events and Disturbances at the Newark and Camden Campuses of Rutgers, the State University
Ralph A. Dungan. Trenton, Department of Higher Education, 1969. Available?
1969 Liberation of Conklin Hall: 40th Anniversary Commemorative Journal
40th Anniversary of the 1969 Conklin Hall Takeover
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.]
Rutgers-Newark Marks 40th Anniversary of Conklin Takeover
Kelly Heyboar. Newark Star-Ledger February 24, 2009.
Rutgers Newark Commemorates Takeover of Conklin Hall
Video by John O'Boyle/The Star-Ledger.
Conklin Hall Takeover: Catalyst for Change
Video produced as part of the Rutgers 250th timeline.
An Analysis of the 1968-1969 Black Student Disturbances at Rutgers University.
Nancy Winterbauer. Thesis (ED. D.), Rutgers University, 1980. Available?
The Black Student Protest Movement at Rutgers.
Richard Patrick McCormick. New Brunswick, Rutgers University Press, 1990. Available?
The Transformation of Metropolitan Universities: A Case Study of Rutgers University-Newark and its Community Engagement Programs, 1967-2010
Diane Hill. Thesis (Ph.D.). Rutgers University, 2012.
"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."

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