CDHA Awarded Grant from METRO Library Council

January 22, 2021

The CUNY Digital History Archive (CDHA) is grateful to receive an Equity in Action grant from the Metropolitan New York Library Council. The grant will support the digitization and curation of historical materials documenting three movements to make access to public higher education more equitable toward and inclusive of New York’s diverse residents. Working under the direction of Stephen Brier, the CDHA will hire three doctoral students to select documents, create metadata, and add descriptive materials to make accessible collections related to: 1) the efforts in the late 1960s of African American residents in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood to push CUNY to found a new public college in their community; 2) the movement to found a Puerto Rican Studies Program at Brooklyn College in the early 1970s; and 3) the activities of SLAM! (Student Liberation Action Movement), a group of CUNY student activists in the 1990s, that fought for increased public funding for CUNY. The new materials will become accessible via the CDHA website by Fall 2021.