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Records of the "Bursar's Office Takeover", May 1968

Identifier: 31/6/155
For the basic outline of the events relating to the Black Student Sit-In at Northwestern University, May 3-4, 1968, including the results of the strike, see Northwestern University: A History, 1850-1975, by Harold F. Williamson and Payson S. Wild (Evanston: Northwestern University, 1976).

This compilation of materials from a variety of sources fills two folders. The bulk of the material dates specifically from the time of the strike in Spring, 1968, but there are also later documents reflecting back or referring to it. The first folder contains newspaper clippings from local and national newspapers reporting or commenting on the strike. The second folder contains correspondence, flyers, reports, demands and responses, and other documents. Materials in both folders are arranged in chronological order. An initial folder contains a copy of the relevant pages from Northwestern University: A History, 1850-1976 (cited above) to provide basic context.


  • 1968-2008
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1968


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This compilation of clippings, reports, correspondence, and other documents relating to the May, 1968, Black Student Sit-in at Northwestern University provides an overview of the issues, events, and results of the strike.

Method of Acquisition

This artificial collection was created from materials in the University Archives’ Subject Files.

Related Materials

Some Related Resources in the University Archives:

Other collections with online finding aids:

Records of the Department of African-American Student Affairs, 1966-2001     

Student Protests and Strikes at Northwestern University, 1965-1979

Franklin M. Kreml (1907-1998) Papers, 1928-1998

Records of the Student Senate, 1960-1969 (Predecessor to ASG)

Student Activities files: FMO and affiliated groups:

Fraternities and sororities files: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha; Delta Sigma Theta; Kappa Alpha Psi; Omega Psi Phi; Phi Beta Sigma; Zeta Phi Beta

Publications: The Daily Northwestern, the Syllabus yearbook, Uhuru, FMO publications

Photograph files

Buildings files: Black House
Guide to the Records of the "Bursar's Office Takeover", May 1968
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Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US