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Guide to the Arnie Goldwag Brooklyn Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) collection ARC.002

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on May 19, 2011
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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use note

The collection includes a wide range of materials, most of which BHS does not hold reproduction rights to. Permission to publish or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Arnie Goldwag Brooklyn Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) collection, ARC.002, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Related Archival Materials note

At Brooklyn Historical Society:

Brooklyn Historical Society holds fifteen slides made by Oliver Lewis of photographs credited to Bob Adelman which concern CORE actions circa 1962, including protests at the Board of Education. These are available for viewing in the library's PastPerfect database (accession V1989.22).

The BHS library also holds some books about CORE, other than those in the Goldwag collection itself. These can be found through the on-line Bobcat catalog, searching on the term "Congress of Racial Equality."

Other than Brooklyn Historical Society:

The Brooklyn Collection of Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) holds Dr. Brian Purnell's Ph.D. thesis: A movement grows in Brooklyn: the Brooklyn chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the northern civil rights movement during the early 1960's. BPL also holds various oral histories and transcripts conducted by Dr. Purnell during his research.

In addition, BPL holds materials donated by Rioghan Kirchner, another important leader of Brooklyn CORE. There are photos, news clippings, some case files from housing investigations, and materials that pertain to FOCUS, a Brooklyn-based housing advocacy organization Kirchner helped found after her time in Brooklyn CORE. And BPL holds nearly the entire collection (1969-1983) of Black News, the major publication of The East, a black nationalist organization.

Columbia University's Oral History Office holds three tapes of interviews with Arnie Goldwag. According to the webpage of oral historian Sheila B. Williams (, interviews that she conducted in 1999 and 2001 with Goldwag "discuss [the] founding [and] functions of Brooklyn CORE. Last tape also discusses the Route 40 campaign [and] his friendship with Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture), including Stokely's last days [and] death upon returning to New York." Ms. Williams's oral histories also include one from 2000 with Elaine Bibuld, a Brooklyn CORE activist who was at the center of certain of the actions prominent in BHS's Goldwag collection.

Wisconsin Historical Society holds two archival boxes of Brooklyn CORE records collected by Oliver and Marjorie Leeds, officers of the chapter during the 1960s ( Register of the Congress of Racial Equality. Brooklyn Chapter: Records, 1959-1978; Mss 947.) An on-line finding aid is available and can be found through WHS's catalog at

Wisconsin Historical Society is the principal repository holding national CORE's papers. These are also available on microform, which is available at the Schomburg. Schomburg also holds other material related to CORE. Again, use search term "Congress of Racial Equality."

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The bulk of the collection was donated to the Brooklyn Historical Society in 2009 by Gilda Goldwag, the wife of the late Arnie Goldwag. A second donation of some additional correspondence was made by Ms. Goldwag in 2010.

Processing Information note

The collection was processed by Larry Weimer in January 2011. The collection combines two accessions: 2009.007 and 2010.004.