Harvard University

Harvard University Archives has contributed materials from several manuscript collections covering a wide range of subject areas relative to Project Stand. The shared materials include:

Records of the Association of African and Afro-American Students at Harvard and Radcliffe (1963-1976)

The Association of African and Afro-American Students of Harvard and Radcliffe, frequently referred to as AFRO, was founded in the spring of 1963. The student group identified itself as Pan-Africanist, and automatically granted membership to any black student at Harvard. In the late 1970’s the group was renamed the Harvard-Radcliffe Black Students Association. The records document the history and activities of the organization and include news clippings, flyers and mailings, collected articles, correspondence, meeting agendas and notes, and subject files relating to student activism, recruitment, and affirmative action at Harvard and beyond, among other topics.

Records of the Harvard-Radcliffe Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgendered, and Supporters’ Alliance, (1978-2001)

The Harvard-Radcliffe Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgendered, and Supporters’ Alliance was commonly referred to as BGLTSA. This group is concerned with improving the visibility, strength, and support of the Harvard College undergraduate bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer communities and seeks to promote community awareness of in recognition of the social, political, educational, and cultural issues surrounding queer identities and sexualities. The collection contains resource and reference files; drafts and final versions of flyers, publications; outgoing correspondence; publicity files; surveys; treasurer’s report.

Harvard Pacifist Association Records, (1939-1945)

The Harvard Pacifist Association was established in December 1939 as an organization for Harvard students who held a common belief that war was wrong, and to provide a forum for these students to exchange ideas and and work together on study and service projects. The group met in weekly discussion groups, undertook the private tutoring of German refugees in English, and interacted with other pacifist organizations. Materials in the collection include Correspondence files (1941-1945), meeting records (1942), Membership files (1939-1942), news clippings (1942), pacifism pamphlets (1942-1945), and various subject files regarding student attitudes towards pacifism in the wake of America’s entry into World War II.

Occupy Harvard Collection, (2011-2012)

Occupy Harvard is a student movement established in the fall of 2011 when Harvard students created an encampment by erecting thirty tents in Harvard Yard. The inception of Occupy Harvard was marked by a rally, General Assembly, and march that were attended by approximately 800 Harvard students, faculty, and staff on November 9. The collection documents the activities of the student protest movement Occupy Harvard through analog items donated to the Harvard University Archives and digital content collected by the Harvard University Archives. It provides insight into the history of student protest movements at Harvard University, the culture of Occupy Harvard, and the role of college and university students in the global Occupy movement.

Myles V. Lynk Personal Archive [accessions], 1969-1974

Myles V. Lynk (born 1948) attended Harvard College (AB, 1971) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1979). As a member of the Standing Committee to Develop Afro-American Studies, Lynk helped establish the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard in 1969. The collection includes meeting minutes, notes, memoranda, reports, articles, and other records documenting Lynk’s work in the establishment of the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard. Topics addressed include curriculum development, faculty appointments, available library space, and the formation of the W.E.B Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, http://id.lib.harvard.edu/alma/990147849870203941/catalog

Douglas J. Dawson personal archive, (1964-1971 + undated materials)

Douglas J. Dawson was a member of the Harvard College Class of 1970. The collection documents Dawson’s academic and political activities as an undergraduate student at Harvard in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, and contains course notes, essays, publications, flyers, photographs, and political ephemera related to the 1969 Harvard student strike and anti-Vietnam War protests on Harvard’s campus. https://id.lib.harvard.edu/ead/hua44018/catalog

Primary contact: Virginia Hunt (bio)