1968: Columbia in Crisis

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Avorn, Jerry L. Up Against the Ivy Wall: A History of the Columbia Crisis. New York: Atheneum, 1969.

Baker, Michael, et al. Police on Campus: The Mass Police Action at Columbia University, spring, 1968. New York: New York Civil Liberties Union, 1969.

Bingham, Clare. "Voices of A Revolution." Vanity Fair, April 2018, pp. 118-127,130-131.

Bradley, Stefan M. "'Gym Crow Must Go!': Black Student Activism at Columbia University, 1967-1968." Journal of African American History, Vol. 88, No. 2, The History of Black Student Activism. (Spring, 2003), pp. 163-181. 

Bradley, Stefan M. Harlem vs. Columbia University: Black Student Power in the Late 1960s. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2009.

Columbia Spectator. Crisis at Columbia : an inside report on the rebellion at Columbia from the pages of the Columbia Daily Spectator. New York: Columbia Spectator, 1968.

Columbia University. Fact Finding Commission. Crisis at Columbia; report of the Fact-Finding Commission appointed to investigate the disturbances at Columbia University in April and May, 1968. New York: Vintage Books, 1968.

Columbia University. Strike Coordinating Committee. Why We Strike. New York: The Committee, 1968.

Cronin, Paul (editor). A Time to Stir: Columbia '68. New York: Columbia University Press, 2018

Halliwell, Martin and Nick Witham (editors). Reframing 1968: American Politics, Protest and Identity. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018

Jones, Thai. "Two, Three, Many Columbias," Education Life supplement to The New York Times (Jan. 6, 2008).

Keller, George C. Six Weeks That Shook Morningside. New York: Columbia College Today, 1968.

Kunen, James S. The Strawberry Statement; Notes of a College Revolutionary. New York: Random House, 1969.

McCaughey, Robert A.  Stand, Columbia: A History of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1754-2004. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003.  Chapters 15 and 16.

Rosenberg, Rosalind. Changing the Subject: How the Women of Columbia Shaped the Way We Think About Sex and Politics. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004. Chapter 6.

Rudd, Mark. Underground: My Life with SDS and the Weathermen. New York: William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2009.

Schuessler, Jennifer. "At Columbia, Revisiting The Revolutionary Students of 1968," The New York Times (March 21, 2018)

Sutton, Sharon Egretta. When Ivory Towers Were Black: A Story About Race in America's Cities and Universities. New York: Fordham University Press, 2017.

Archival Collections

Buildings and Grounds Collection, 1755-2007, Columbia University Archives, UA #0125

Central Files, 1890-2007, Columbia University Archives, UA #0001

Columbia Crisis of 1968, Columbia Center for Oral History.

Columbia University Senate Records, 1968-2004, UA#0054

Commencement Collection, 1754- , Columbia University Archives, UA #0126

Historical Subject Files, circa 1870s-2007, Columbia University Archives, UA #0002

Joanne Grant Research Files, 1963-1968, Columbia University Archives, UA #0141

Joint Committee on Disciplinary Affairs Records, 1967-1973, Columbia University Archives, UA #0006.

Office of Public Affairs Photograph Collection, ca. 1947-2006, UA#0109

Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs records, 1939-2006 [Bulk dates: 1956-2003], Columbia University Archives, UA #0083

Police on Campus Collection, 1968, Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library, MS #1014

School of the Arts Records, 1895-1997, Columbia University Archives, UA #0100

Temple-Lilley Special Committee Records, 1968-1971 [Bulk Dates: 1968-1969], Columbia University Archives, UA #0524

University Protest and Activism Collection, 1958-1999 (Bulk: 1968-1972), Columbia University Archives, UA #0007.

William E. Petersen papers July-August 1968, Columbia University Archives, UA#0523

The papers of University faculty who were at Columbia in 1968 may contain mention of the events on campus. Of the papers known to reference the events in varying detail are those of Lionel Trilling, Jacques Barzun, and Telford Taylor. The Rare Book and Manuscript Library holds the papers of faculty and is available to assist you by telephone (212.854.5590) or email (rbml@columbia.edu).


Electronic Resources

@1968CU is an historical Twitter feed created by the Columbia University Archives between January and June 2018 to chronicle the events of 1968 as they happened on campus 50 years earlier. The feed uses documents, photographs and detailed information found in the UA collections to narrate and illustrate the political and social activism on campus in the spring of 1968.

250th Symposium, Our Past Engaged: Four Turning Points in Columbia's Recent Past. Columbia '68: A Chapter in the History of Student Power


A Time To Stir is a documentary film and a book of related essays by Paul Cronin. His website for the film and book provides an excellent summary of the events on campus and links to related articles.


The Barnard Electronic Archive and Teaching Laboratory (BEATL) was a website created by Professor Robert McCaughey containing information about Columbia and Barnard's rich history, including an extensive section about the 1968 crisis. Although it is no longer an active website you can view its content via the Internet Archive's "wayback machine" at the link provided.


"Columbia Revolt" is a documentary film of the 1968 protests at Columbia University created by Newsreel Films.


"Columbia University 1968" is a website created by the participants in the protests as an outgrowth of a conference held in April 2008, forty years later, addressing the events of 1968, war, racism, sexism, and the role of universities. The website makes the proceedings of this conference available to the public for non-commercial use. The site also acts as a repository for their experiences of the history of Columbia 1968 as well as a source for reflection and discussion of the events and issues of that time and how they relate today.


Columbia University Senate's Web page has an annotated bibliography, photos and links to other 1968 electronic resources. From the Senate's home page click on "Defining Documents" and then on the link for "History of the University Senate"


Frank da Cruz ('71GS, '76E), who worked at Columbia University until 2011, created this web site where he provides his personal reminiscences of the 1968 events.









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