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

 Collection
Identifier: 31/6/155
This compilation of materials from a variety of sources fills three 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. An initial folder contains a copy of the relevant pages from Northwestern University: A History, 1850-1976 to provide basic context. The next folder contains newspaper clippings from local and national newspapers reporting or commenting on the strike. The final folder contains correspondence, flyers, reports, demands and responses, and other documents.

Dates

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

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Extent

0.50 Boxes

Abstract

On May 3, 1968 more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students occupied the Bursar's Office, in the first major sit-in experienced at Northwestern University. After the students' April 22nd list of demands were not met, they declared their intention to keep the office occupied until these demands were met. This peaceful 38-hour occupation ended with University leaders negotiating with students, and committing to enhance services and support for Black students related to admissions, scholarships, housing, curriculum, counseling and facilities; the latter resulting in the establishment of The Black House. This compilation documenting the Black Student sit-in provides an overview of the issues, events, and results of the strike. The compilation consists of clippings, reports, correspondence, and other documents, from a variety of sources.

Arrangement

The records of the "Bursar's Office takeover" are organized into: introductory material; clippings and articles; and correspondence, reports, flyers and other documents. Materials in the folders are arranged in chronological order.

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

General

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).
Title
Guide to the Records of the "Bursar's Office Takeover", May 1968
Author
Archives Staff
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
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