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College Hall Occupation Oral History Project, 1986
1 box (.75 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 80

Abstract:
Student demonstration. Includes interviews and papers.

Terms of Access and Use:

Donna Kenny's portion of the project consist of interviews with fourteen members of the administration, faculty, and staff and a paper based on the interviews. Many of these interviews are open for listening without restriction but in most cases permission from the interviewee is required before excerpts can be published in any way. Portions of Ms. Kenny's paper have been blocked out because she takes quotes from interviews that are restricted. Maureen Dooley Lawrence's portion of the project consists of four tapes of interviews with students participating in the occupation and a paper based on those interviews. All of the student interviews and Ms. Lawrence's paper are closed until July 1, 1991. At that time the tapes and paper will be made available with the names of the individuals removed.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

The College Hall Occupation Oral History Project was the work of two students enrolled in History 367b, Problems in American History: Autobiography, Biography, and Oral History in Twentieth Century America as taught by Maurice Isserman in spring 1986. The sixteen cassette tapes and two papers were given to the College Archives in the summer and fall of 1986 by the coordinators of the project, Donna Kenny '87 and Maureen Dooley Lawrence '87.

Feb. 20, ThursdayStudent/faculty rally and sit-in encouraging total divestment prior to the spring meeting of the Board of Trustees.
Feb. 22, SaturdayTrustees choose not to adopt the divestment proposal set forth by the Senate Ethical Investment Committee.
Feb. 24, Monday
"Round-the-clock" sit-in outside the President's office by circa 200 students and faculty to protest the Trustees' decision.
Approximately 90 students spend the night in College Hall.
Feb. 25, Tuesday
Approximately 150 students join the overnighters and 5:30 a.m. The protesters form human chains to block all entrances to College Hall. Employees are denied entrance to the building.
President Dunn refuses to have the protesters arrested.
Feb. 26, Wednesday
Protesters hold a press conference announcing their position and reading statements of support for the occupation.
All-college meeting to discuss South Africa and the occupation of College Hall. Protesters send a group of "presidential delegates" to read a statement expressing their conviction that the takeover of College Hall was their only recourse.
Feb. 27, ThursdayProtesters agree to negotiate with President Dunn. A small group of protesters begins a hunger strike.
Feb. 28, FridayNegotiations continue. Protesters hold a rally and announce the hunger strike to the public.
Mar. 1, SaturdayAn agreement is reached between President Dunn, the Board of Trustees, and the protesters.
Mar. 2, SundayOccupation ends with a press conference and victory rally. Mar. 6, Thursday Required teach-in on South African-related issues and on relations between the Board of Trustees and the campus community.

Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

Donna Kenny's portion of the project consist of interviews with fourteen members of the administration, faculty, and staff and a paper based on the interviews. Many of these interviews are open for listening without restriction but in most cases permission from the interviewee is required before excerpts can be published in any way. Portions of Ms. Kenny's paper have been blocked out because she takes quotes from interviews that are restricted. Maureen Dooley Lawrence's portion of the project consists of four tapes of interviews with students participating in the occupation and a paper based on those interviews. All of the student interviews and Ms. Lawrence's paper are closed until July 1, 1991. At that time the tapes and paper will be made available with the names of the individuals removed.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

College Hall Occupation Oral History Project, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Maida Goodwin and Karen Eberhard.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
TAPE RECORDINGS


Location: 12.TR Cassettes
C165. Mary Maples Dunn, President of the College
Apr 18 1986


Restrictions on access:

The interview is open for listening without restriction. Permission is required for publication or quotation in unpublished works.

C166. Ann Burger, Dean of the College
Mar 25 1986


Restrictions on access:

Permission is required for listening, publication, or quotation in unpublished works.

C167. Erica Bianchi-Jones, Secretary to the Board of Trustees.
Mar 3 1986


Restrictions on access:

Permission is required for listening, publication, or quotation in unpublished works.

C168. Philip Green, Professor of Government
n.d.


Restrictions on access:

The interview is open for listening without restriction. Permission is required for publication or quotation in unpublished works.

C169 Side A. Maurice Isserman, Assistant Professor of History
Mar 25 1986


Restrictions on access:

The interview is open for listening without restriction. Permission is required for publication or quotation in unpublished works.

C169 Side B. Eleanor Rothman, Director of the Ada Comstock Scholars Program
Apr 1 1986


Restrictions on access:

The interview is open for listening or quotation in unpublished works without restrictions. Permission to quote in published works must be obtained from the Smith College Archives.

C170. Lisa Peck, Area Coordinator
Mar 13 1986


Restrictions on access:

The interview is open for listening, publication, or quotation in unpublished works without restrictions. Ms. Peck would like to receive a copy of any work which makes use of her interview.

C171 Side A. Stanley Rothman, Professor of Government
Mar 7 1986


Restrictions on access:

The interview is open for listening without restriction. Mr. Rothman must be notified before his interview is quoted in published or unpublished works.

C171 Side B. Larry Selgelid, Treasurer of the College
Mar 10 1986


Restrictions on access:

The interview is open for listening without restriction. Permission is required for publication or quotation in unpublished works.

C172 Side A. Thomas Riddell, Assistant Professor of Economics
Mar 5 1986


Restrictions on access:

The interview is open for listening or quotation in unpublished works without restrictions. Permission is required for publication.

C172 Side B. Leo Weinstein, Professor of Government
Mar 6 1986


Restrictions on access:

The interview is open for listening without restriction. Permission is required for publication or quotation in unpublished works.

C173 Side A. Catherine "Kiki" Smith, Dean of the Freshman Class
n.d.


Restrictions on access:

The interview is open for listening or quotation in unpublished works without restrictions. Permission is required for publication.

C173 Side B. Karen Pfeifer, Assistant Professor of Economics
n.d.


Restrictions on access:

The interview is open for listening without restriction. Ms. Pfeifer must be notified regarding how the information is to be used. Permission is required for publication or quotation in unpublished works.

C174. Frances Volkmann, Dean of the Faculty
Mar 26 1986


Restrictions on access:

The interview is open for listening without restriction. Permission is required for publication or quotation in unpublished works.

C175. Teach-in
Mar 6 1986


C176. Victory rally
Mar 2 1986


C177 a-d. Student interviews
Feb-Mar 1986


PAPERS


Location: 80.Demonstrations 1986 CHO
Donna Kenny



Why Smith and Why Now? A Look at the Events of February 1986"
May 2 1986


Restrictions on access:

(Portions of this paper are restricted because she takes quotes from interviews which are restricted.)

Maureen Dooley Lawrence



"It Happened at Smith"
May 2 1986



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Subjects
  • Smith College--Strikes, 1986.
  • Smith College--Students.
  • South Africa--Politics and government--1978-1989.

Contributors
  • Isserman, Maurice.
  • Kenny, Donna.
  • Lawrence, Maureen Dooley.
  • Smith College.


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