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Guide to the Administrative Papers of President James McNaughton Hester RG 3.0.7

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Description is in English.

Container List

Series XII: Student Affairs Series, 1962-1975 (Boxes 70-79)

Scope and Contents note

The student affairs series consists of 25 linear inches of material arranged alphabetically into 5 boxes. Within most folders, material is arranged chronologically. This material relates to all student activities including admissions, athletics, campus disorders, clubs, associations, financial aid, dormitory regulations, placement, student publications, centers, and conduct. The bulk of the material in this series relates to the hiring and firing of John F. Hatchett, the director of the Martin Luther King Center for Afro-American Studies.

The material on Hatchett begins in Box 1, folder 4 and continues until Box 5, folder 6. Briefly, the controversy began when the University attempted to reintegrate the Martin Luther King Jr. Afro-American Student Center into NYU. The Center asked the University to hire Hatchett as director of the Center. Hatchett had been dismissed as a school teacher when he took his students to a Malcolm X memorial service despite an explicit order from the school system not to do so. According to the correspondence from the President's office and memos on the subject, the University was unaware when it hired Hatchett that he had published an article accusing Jewish school teachers of being unable to teach black school children. This article was viewed as anti-Semitic by the Jewish community. When President Hester became aware of this controversy, he discussed the problem with Hatchett and determined that Hatchett was not anti-Semitic. The University defended its decision to hire Hatchett in an internal memo sent to alumni and faculty. Many of the alumni responded with threats to discontinue financial contributions to the University. Since many of the alumni were Jewish and the University was suffering a financial crisis, this threat was taken seriously. Hatchett then made a speech accusing Richard Nixon, then Vice President Hubert Humphrey, and Albert Shanker of being "racist bastards." This remark prompted the University to fire Hatchett. A controversy remained over whether Hatchett was actually fired over this comment or because he had been such an embarrassment from the beginning that the University was looking for an excuse. The letters regarding the Hatchett controversy are filed alphabetically instead of chronologically because that is the way they were received.

Box 5 contains an exchange between the alumni and the University over the decision to discontinue intercollegiate basketball and diminish encouragement of track because of financial difficulties. This box also contains a dispute over scholarship aid and placement of Puerto Rican students in the Graduate School of Social Work. Also of interest is a folder on the Students for a Democratic Society, which contains posters and bulletins circulated by the organization and the administration response.

Folder names followed by an asterisk (*) contain materials of a sensitive nature. Researchers must consult with the archivists before being granted access.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 70 Folder : 1 Admissions, Ed Dev & Community Enrollment Plan
1970
Box: 70 Folder : 2 Admissions, Tuition
1965-1968
Box: 70 Folder : 3 Admissions, Tuition
1969-1972
Box: 70 Folder : 4 Admissions, Tuition
1972-1975
Box: 70 Folder : 5 African American Teachers Forum
1967
Box: 70 Folder : 6 Afro-American Student Center: Hatchett dismissed
1962-1967
Box: 70 Folder : 7 Hatchett
1968
Box: 70 Folder : 8 Hatchett
1968
Box: 70 Folder : 9 Hatchett
1968
Box: 70 Folder : 10 Hatchett
1969-1971
Box: 70 Folder : 11 Hatchett letters, from alumni protesting
1968
Box: 70 Folder : 12 Hatchett letters, re internal memo A-B
1968
Box: 71 Folder : 1 Hatchett
1968
Box: 71 Folder : 2 F
1968
Box: 71 Folder : 3 G
1968
Box: 71 Folder : 4 H-J
1968
Box: 71 Folder : 5 K
1968
Box: 71 Folder : 6 L
1968
Box: 71 Folder : 7 M
1968
Box: 71 Folder : 8 N-R
1968
Box: 72 Folder : 1 Sa-Sm
1968
Box: 72 Folder : 2 So-Sw
1968
Box: 72 Folder : 3 T-Z
1968
Box: 72 Folder : 4 AASC:Letters regarding hiring
1968
Box: 72 Folder : 5 Letters regarding hiring
1968
Box: 72 Folder : 6 Letters to Jewish Groups
1968
Box: 72 Folder : 7 Letters to from others re hiring
1968
Box: 72 Folder : 8 Hatchett, Press Clippings
1968
Box: 72 Folder : 9 Hatchett, Press Releases
1968
Box: 73 Folder : 1 Transcript of Oct 1968 Speech
1968
Box: 73 Folder : 2 Letters supporting Firing
1968
Box: 73 Folder : 3 A-F
1968
Box: 73 Folder : 4 G-K
1968
Box: 73 Folder : 5 L-N
1968
Box: 73 Folder : 6 O-Sp
1968
Box: 74 Folder : 1 St-V
1968
Box: 74 Folder : 2 W-Z
1968
Box: 74 Folder : 3 Letters from Outside People
1968
Box: 74 Folder : 4 Letters regarding Firing, not answd.
1968
Box: 74 Folder : 5 Form Letters
1968
Box: 74 Folder : 6 Alumni & Benefactors meetings
1968
Box: 74 Folder : 7 Alumni Letter, never sent
1968
Box: 74 Folder : 8 Correspondence w black students
1968
Box: 74 Folder : 9 Dismissal, Faculty reaction
1968
Box: 74 Folder : 10 Dismissal Letters, no return addrs.
1968
Box: 74 Folder : 11 Correspondence w black students
1968
Box: 74 Folder : 12 Afro-American Student Center, Hatchett Faculty Groups Reaction
1968
Box: 74 Folder : 13 Faculty Letters
1968
Box: 74 Folder : 14 Correspondence w Arthur Goldberg
1968-1969
Box: 74 Folder : 15 Letter to Police Comm, Howard Leary
1968
Box: 74 Folder : 16 Letters w form response A-H
1968
Box: 74 Folder : 17 I-Z
1968
Box: 74 Folder : 18 Student Reactions, Petitions
1968
Box: 75 Folder : 1 Athletics
1971
Box: 75 Folder : 2 Athletics Committee
1971-1972
Box: 75 Folder : 3 Financial Aid Scholarships
1970-1971
Box: 75 Folder : 4 General
1971-1972
Box: 75 Folder : 5 Hayden Hall, Constitution Policy
1974-1975
Box: 75 Folder : 6 Quality of Student Life Reports
1971-1972
Box: 75 Folder : 7 ROTC
1972-1975
Box: 75 Folder : 8 Student Conduct
1968-1969
Box: 75 Folder : 9 Student Conduct
1969-1970
Box: 75 Folder : 10 Campus Unrest
1968-1969
Box: 76 Folder : 1 Campus Unrest
1969-1970
Box: 76 Folder : 2 Campus Unrest
1970-1972
Box: 76 Folder : 3 April and May events
1972
Box: 76 Folder : 4 Book Store Sit-in
1967
Box: 76 Folder : 5 Chi Reston Disruption *
1968-1969
Box: 76 Folder : 6 JMH Statements
1968-1969
Box: 76 Folder : 7 Kirkman *
1968-1969
Box: 76 Folder : 8 Mason *
1968-1969
Box: 76 Folder : 9 Political Forum
1968-1969
Box: 76 Folder : 10 Public Reaction
1968-1969
Box: 76 Folder : 11 Williamson *
1969
Box: 76 Folder : 12 Comments on JMH 9/4 letter
1970
Box: 76 Folder : 13 Disruption Booklet
1970
Box: 77 Folder : 1 Greene-Byrnes Incident
1969
Box: 77 Folder : 2 Hatchatt Affair
1967-1968
Box: 77 Folder : 3 Loeb Lecture Incident
1967
Box: 77 Folder : 4 May Events 1970
1970
Box: 77 Folder : 5 May Events A-F
1970
Box: 77 Folder : 6 F-I
1970
Box: 77 Folder : 7 J-R
1970
Box: 77 Folder : 8 S-Z
1970
Box: 77 Folder : 9 Anonymous, and CCC
1970
Box: 77 Folder : 10 Schools & Departments
1970
Box: 78 Folder : 1 Strike Committee & etc.
1970
Box: 78 Folder : 2 Tuition refund to Paynter
1970
Box: 78 Folder : 3 Material for JMH
1970
Box: 78 Folder : 4 Protests
1968-1970
Box: 78 Folder : 5 Public Response
1970
Box: 78 Folder : 6 ROTC Disruption
1969
Box: 78 Folder : 7 Vanderbilt Hall Sit-in
1971
Box: 78 Folder : 8 Weinstein Sub Cellar evacuation
1970
Box: 78 Folder : 9 Student Conduct, Columbia University Protest
1968-1970
Box: 78 Folder : 10 Disciplinary Proceedings
1969-1973
Box: 78 Folder : 11 Drugs
1969-1972
Box: 78 Folder : 12 Moratorium
1969
Box: 79 Folder : 1 Politics
1967-1971
Box: 79 Folder : 2 Politics, memo of Sept. 4
1970
Box: 79 Folder : 3 Students for a Democratic Society
1968-1971

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