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Guide to the Howard Zinn Papers TAM.542

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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Jan Hilley, with the assistance of Maggie Schreiner and Walker Gunning

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 04, 2017
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series V: Boston University, 1960-2003

Scope and Content Note

The first Boston University (BU) subseries focuses on Howard Zinn’s teaching career including course syllabi, a few lecture transcripts, a number of his annual appointment forms and student evaluations of his teaching for the years 1969 through 1983. There are many examples of student work – papers, projects, journals and independent study – and a good deal of associated materials. The student journals not only provide a glimpse into the conduct of Zinn's classes and the materials he used, but also reveal reactions of the individual students.

The second, and much larger subseries, documents many crises and controversies that occurred during Zinn’s time at BU including suppression of academic freedom and civil liberties, censorship of campus press, attempts to build and strengthen the AAUP and other unions on campus, tenure and salary grievances, strikes and demonstrations, issues surrounding various University trustees and many examples of the rancor between Zinn and John Silber, former BU president. Some of the conflicts continue even after Zinn's retirement, including his active opposition to Silber's gubernatorial candidacy in 1990. It should be noted that material concerning specific controversies may be found in multiple folders. An event might, for example, appear in a general controversies folder, in a folder focused on the Committee to Save Boston University, in a folder addressing AAUP activities and in a folder titled with the name of the particular issue.

Subseries V:A: Teaching and Student Material, 1964-2003

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 18 Folder : 17 Boston University Faculty Committee on Social Issues: Areas of Interest
1966-1967
Box: 18 Folder : 18 Course Syllabi: "Introduction to Political Theory"
1968-1987
Box: 18 Folder : 19 Course Syllabi: "Law and Justice in America"
1970-1987
Box: 18 Folder : 20 Course Syllabi: Marxism Seminar, "Marxism and Anarchism"
1968-1984
Box: 18 Folder : 21 Course Syllabi: "Politics and History"
1969, 1979-1988
Box: 18 Folder : 22 Course Syllabi: Various
1969, 1974-1988, 2003, undated
Box: 19 Folder : 1 Letters of Appreciation
1977-1987
Box: 19 Folder : 2 Office Memoranda
1978, 1986, undated
Box: 19 Folder : 3 The Point, A Guide for Students and Faculty in College Two
1973
Box: 19 Folder : 4 Student Evaluations of Zinn
1969-1977
Box: 19 Folder : 5 Student Evaluations of Zinn
1979
Box: 19 Folder : 6 Student Evaluations of Zinn
1980
Box: 19 Folder : 7 Student Evaluations of Zinn
1981
Box: 19 Folder : 8 Student Evaluations of Zinn
1985-1987
Box: 19 Folder : 9 Student Evaluations of Zinn
undated
Box: 19 Folder : 10 Student Evaluations of Zinn - Metropolitan College
1980
Box: 19 Folder : 11 Student Evaluations of Zinn - Metropolitan College (Spring)
1981
Box: 19 Folder : 12 Student Evaluations of Zinn - Metropolitan College (Fall)
1981
Box: 19 Folder : 13 Student Evaluations of Zinn - Metropolitan College (Spring)
1982
Box: 19 Folder : 14 Student Evaluations of Zinn - Metropolitan College (Fall)
1982
Box: 19 Folder : 15 Student Evaluations of Zinn - Metropolitan College (Spring)
1983
Box: 19 Folder : 16 Student Evaluations of Zinn - Metropolitan College (Fall)
1983
Box: 19 Folder : 17 Zinn Annual Appointment Forms
1976-1981
Box: 19 Folder : 18 Zinn Lecture Transcripts: "Wealth and Law" Lecture One and Two
undated
Box: 19 Folder : 19 Zinn Sabbatical
1977-1978
Box: 19 Folder : 20 Zinn Student Letters
1974-1982, undated
Box: 19 Folder : 21 Zinn Student Work: Correspondence (alienated)
1964, 1975, undated
Box: 19 Folder : 22 Zinn Student Work: Independent Study
1981
Box: 19 Folder : 23 Zinn Student Work: Independent Study
1982
Box: 19 Folder : 24 Zinn Student Work: Independent Study
[1982], undated
Box: 19 Folder : 25 Zinn Student Work: Journals
1982
Box: 19 Folder : 26 Zinn Student Work: Journals
1983
Box: 20 Folder : 1 Zinn Student Work: Journals
1985-1986
Box: 20 Folder : 2 Zinn Student Work: Journals
1987
Box: 20 Folder : 3 Zinn Student Work: Journals
1988
Box: 20 Folder : 4 Zinn Student Work: Journals
undated
Box: 20 Folder : 5 Zinn Student Work: Papers
1968-1975
Box: 20 Folder : 6 Zinn Student Work: Papers
1976
Box: 20 Folder : 7 Zinn Student Work: Papers
1979-1980
Box: 20 Folder : 8 Zinn Student Work: Papers
1981
Box: 20 Folder : 9 Zinn Student Work: Papers
1982, 1984
Box: 20 Folder : 10 Zinn Student Work: Papers
undated
Box: 20 Folder : 11 Zinn Student Work: Projects (includes letter from Senator Harry F. Byrd)
1972-1978
Box: 20 Folder : 12 Zinn Student Work: Projects
1981-1985, undated
Box: 20 Folder : 13 Zinn Student Work: Projects - Associated Material
1969
Box: 20 Folder : 14 Zinn Student Work: Projects - Associated Material
1972-1973
Box: 20 Folder : 15 Zinn Student Work: Projects - Associated Material (I)
1974
Box: 20 Folder : 16 Zinn Student Work: Projects - Associated Material (II)
1974
Box: 20 Folder : 17 Zinn Student Work: Projects - Associated Material (includes print/artist's proof "Squeaky Fromme...")
1975-1977
Box: 21 Folder : 1 Zinn Student Work: Projects - Associated Material
1978
Box: 21 Folder : 2 Zinn Student Work: Projects - Associated Material
1979
Box: 21 Folder : 3 Zinn Student Work: Projects - Associated Material
1980
Box: 21 Folder : 4 Zinn Student Work: Projects - Associated Material
1981
Box: 21 Folder : 5 Zinn Student Work: Projects - Associated Material
1982
Box: 21 Folder : 6 Zinn Student Work: Projects - Associated Material
1983, 1984
Box: 21 Folder : 7 Zinn Student Work: Projects - Associated Material
1985
Box: 21 Folder : 8 Zinn Student Work: Projects - Associated Material (I)
1986
Box: 21 Folder : 9 Zinn Student Work: Projects - Associated Material (II)
1986
Box: 21 Folder : 10 Zinn Student Work: Projects - Associated Material
1987
Box: 21 Folder : 11 Zinn Student Work: Projects - Associated Material
undated
Box: 21 Folder : 12 Zinn Student Work: Projects/Papers (Housing and Tenant Issues)
1968-1972
Box: 21 Folder : 13 Zinn Student Work: Projects/Papers (Housing and Tenant Issues)
1982
Box: 21 Folder : 14 Zinn Student Work: Projects/Papers (Housing and Tenant Issues)
undated
Box: 21 Folder : 15 Zinn Student Work: "Struggle to Survive: A History of the Exposure's Rebirth and the Graphics and Exploits of Jeff Smith"
[1982]
Box: 21 Folder : 16 Zinn Student Work: Various Items
1988, undated

Subseries V:B: Boston University Controversy, 1962-2002

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 21 Folder : 17 Academic Freedom and the Boston University 5 (BU5)
1979-1980, undated
Box: 21 Folder : 18 Academic Freedom and the Boston University 5 (BU5): Legal Proceedings
1979-1980, undated
Box: 21 Folder : 19 Academic Freedom and the Boston University 5 (BU5): "Materials"; "Documents and Clippings"
1976-1980, undated
Box: 21 Folder : 20 Academic Freedom and the Boston University 5 (BU5): Outdoor Class Attendees
1979
Box: 21 Folder : 21 Academic Freedom and the Boston University 5 (BU5): Support (groups)
1979-1980
Box: 21 Folder : 22 Academic Freedom and the Boston University 5 (BU5): Support (individuals)
1979-1980
Box: 21 Folder : 23 Academic Freedom and the Boston University 5 (BU5): Support (Luria petitions)
1979
Box: 22 Folder : 1 Academic Freedom and the Boston University 5 (BU5): Support - Various Flyers, Lists, Notes and Other Related Material
1979-1980, undated
Box: 22 Folder : 2 American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Materials
1974-1975
Box: 22 Folder : 3 American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Materials
1976-1977
Box: 22 Folder : 4 American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Materials (I)
1978-1979
Box: 22 Folder : 5 American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Materials (II)
1978-1979
Box: 22 Folder : 6 American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Materials (III)
1978-1979
Box: 22 Folder : 7 American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Materials
1979-1980
Box: 22 Folder : 8 American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Materials
1980
Box: 22 Folder : 9 American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Materials
1980-1981, undated
Box: 22 Folder : 10 American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Materials (I)
1981
Box: 22 Folder : 11 American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Materials (II)
1981
Box: 22 Folder : 12 American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Materials
1983-1985, undated
Box: 22 Folder : 13 Anti-War (Vietnam)
1968-1973
Box: 22 Folder : 14 Anti-War (Vietnam): Police Action March 27, 1972
1972
Box: 22 Folder : 15 Banner Hanging Dispute: Abramowitz, Yosef I. et al. v. Trustees of Boston University
1986
Box: 22 Folder : 16 Bias against Zinn
[1974]-1980, undated
Box: 22 Folder : 17 Boston University Controversy
1965-1970
Box: 22 Folder : 18 Boston University Controversy
1972-1979
Box: 22 Folder : 19 Boston University Controversy
1980-1981
Box: 22 Folder : 20 Boston University Controversy
1982
Box: 22 Folder : 21 Boston University Controversy
1983
Box: 22 Folder : 22 Boston University Controversy
1985
Box: 22 Folder : 23 Boston University Controversy
1986-1989
Box: 22 Folder : 24 Boston University Controversy
1990-1996
Box: 22 Folder : 25 Boston University Controversy
1991-2002, undated
Box: 23 Folder : 1 Boston University Labor Council (BULC)
1979-1980, undated
Box: 23 Folder : 2 Budget / Financial Issues
1976-1979, undated
Box: 23 Folder : 3 Budget / Financial Issues
1976-1986, undated
Box: 23 Folder : 4 Building and Grounds Workers (SEIU, Local 254)
1977-1979
Box: 23 Folder : 5 Building and Grounds Workers (SEIU, Local 254): Strike
1978
Box: 23 Folder : 6 Building and Grounds Workers (SEIU, Local 254): Strike - Press
1978
Box: 23 Folder : 7 Campus Media: the bu exposure
1977-1984, undated
Box: 23 Folder : 8 Campus Media: the bu exposure - Articles from  the bu exposure and  Daily Free Press
1977-1983
Box: 23 Folder : 9 Campus Media: the bu exposure -  the bu exposure Collective v. John Silber, et al.
1978-1983
Box: 23 Folder : 10 Campus Media: the bu exposure -  the bu exposure Collective v. John Silber, et al. - Silber Deposition
1982
Box: 23 Folder : 11 Campus Media: WBUR
1977-1978, 1986
Box: 23 Folder : 12 Central Intelligence Agency
1974-1987
Box: 23 Folder : 13 Chronology of Daily Free Press Items
[1985]
Box: 23 Folder : 14 Civil Liberties - Clippings
1972-1986
Box: 23 Folder : 15 Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (CLUM) Inquiry and Report
1979
Box: 23 Folder : 16 Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (CLUM) Inquiry and Report - Related Material
1976-1980, undated
Box: 23 Folder : 17 Committee to Save Boston University
1973-1980, undated
Box: 23 Folder : 18 Committee to Save Boston University
1974-1980
Box: 23 Folder : 19 Committee to Save Boston University
1979-1980
Box: 23 Folder : 20 Committee to Save Boston University
1979-1980, undated
Box: 23 Folder : 21 Committee to Save Boston University
1980, undated
Box: 23 Folder : 22 Committee to Save Boston University: Lists and Related Materials
1979, undated
Box: 23 Folder : 23 Committee to Save Boston University: State Senator Gerard D'Amico
1980
Box: 23 Folder : 24 Department of Political Science
1974-1975
Box: 23 Folder : 25 Diamandopoulos, Peter
1997-1999
Box: 23 Folder : 26 Draft Registration and Financial Aid
1983
Box: 23 Folder : 27 Draft Registration and Financial Aid: Doe, John and Paul Poe v. Trustees of BU and Silber (I)
1983
Box: 24 Folder : 1 Draft Registration and Financial Aid: Doe, John and Paul Poe v. Trustees of BU and Silber (II)
1983
Box: 24 Folder : 2 Faculty Council Opposition to Duarte Honorary Degree (and Silber response)
1986
Box: 24 Folder : 3 Faculty Tenure, Appointments
1969-1987, undated
Box: 24 Folder : 4 Faculty Tenure, Appointments: Bottome, Edgar
1970, 1972
Box: 24 Folder : 5 Faculty Tenure, Appointments: Giroux, Henry
1982-1983
Box: 24 Folder : 6 Lists, Various
1980-1988, undated
Box: 24 Folder : 7 Marcuse, Herbert (substitute for Zinn)
1974
Box: 24 Folder : 8 "Mismanagement and Corruption"
1978-1990
Box: 24 Folder : 9 Newspapers: the bu exposure
1977
Box: 24 Folder : 10 Newspapers: the bu exposure
1978
Box: 24 Folder : 11 Newspapers: the bu exposure
1979
Box: 24 Folder : 12 Newspapers: the bu exposure
1980, 1983
Box: 24 Folder : 13 Newspapers: The Daily Free Press
1972, 1977, 1978
Box: 24 Folder : 14 Newspapers: The Daily Free Press
Jan 1979-Feb 1979
Box: 24 Folder : 15 Newspapers: The Daily Free Press
Mar 1979-Apr 1979
Box: 24 Folder : 16 Newspapers: The Daily Free Press
Oct 1979-Apr 1981
Box: 24 Folder : 17 Nursing School Closure
1987
Box: 85 Folder : 5 Photograph (Howard Zinn, Frances Fox Piven, Murray Levin)
1977
Box: 24 Folder : 18 "Pursuing Excellence at Boston University" by Frances Piven, Murray Levin and Howard Zinn
1975
Box: 24 Folder : 19 Redmont, Bernard S.
1985-1986
Box: 24 Folder : 20 "Report of the Boston University Faculty Council on Academic Freedom"
1996
Box: 24 Folder : 21 Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and Military Recruitment
1972
Box: 24 Folder : 22 Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and Military Recruitment
1972-1974, undated
Box: 24 Folder : 23 Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and Military Recruitment
1973
Box: 24 Folder : 24 Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and Military Recruitment
1976, 1980, 1984
Box: 24 Folder : 25 Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and Military Recruitment
undated
Box: 24 Folder : 26 Silber, John: Arson Accusation against Howard Zinn
1972, 1979-1980
Box: 24 Folder : 27 Silber, John: Articles, Various
1972-1979
Box: 24 Folder : 28 Silber, John: Articles, Various
1972-1990, undated
Box: 24 Folder : 29 Silber, John: Articles, Various
1980-1987
Box: 24 Folder : 30 Silber, John: Articles, Various
1993-1995, undated
Box: 25 Folder : 1 Silber, John: Faculty Call for Removal of Silber
1979-1980
Box: 25 Folder : 2 Silber, John: Faculty Call for Removal of Silber - Outside Support (alumni)
1979-1980
Box: 25 Folder : 3 Silber, John: Faculty Call for Removal of Silber - Outside Support (includes letter from Henry Steele Commager)
1979
Box: 25 Folder : 4 Silber, John: Letters, Letters to Editor re: Silber
1976-1979, 1989-1999, undated
Box: 25 Folder : 5 Silber, John: Massachusetts Gubernatorial Race
1989-1990
Box: 25 Folder : 6 Silber, John: Massachusetts Gubernatorial Race - "Factbook on John Silber"
1990
Box: 25 Folder : 7 Silber, John: Massachusetts Gubernatorial Race - "Factbook on John Silber" - General
1990
Box: 25 Folder : 8 Silber, John: Massachusetts Gubernatorial Race - "Factbook on John Silber" - Raw Materials (I)
1990
Box: 25 Folder : 9 Silber, John: Massachusetts Gubernatorial Race - "Factbook on John Silber" - Raw Materials (II)
1990
Box: 25 Folder : 10 Silber, John: Massachusetts Gubernatorial Race - "Factbook on John Silber" - Raw Materials (III)
1990
Box: 25 Folder : 11 Silber, John: Massachusetts Gubernatorial Race - Op-Ed Pieces by Howard Zinn (includes draft)
1990
Box: 25 Folder : 12 Silber, John: Transcript of Interview Concerning Howard Zinn (12/3/1979)
1979
Box: 25 Folder : 13 Silber, John: Writings (includes letter from Silber with Zinn annotations)
1974-1983, undated
Box: 25 Folder : 14 South Africa, Anti-Apartheid Materials
1985-1987, undated
Flat-file: 1 Drawer : 2 Strike! Poster
1970
Box: 25 Folder : 15 Strikes: 1979
1978-1979
Box: 25 Folder : 16 Strikes: 1979 (I)
1979
Box: 25 Folder : 17 Strikes: 1979 (II)
1979
Box: 25 Folder : 18 Strikes: 1979 (III)
1979
Box: 25 Folder : 19 Strikes: 1979 (IV)
1979
Box: 25 Folder : 20 Strikes: 1979
1979, undated
Box: 25 Folder : 21 Strikes: 1979 - Legal
1979-1980
Box: 25 Folder : 22 Strikes: Negatives
undated
Box: 25 Folder : 23 Student Demonstration against General Electric Recruiters and Aftermath (11/25/1969)
1969-1970
Box: 25 Folder : 24 Student, Faculty Code Issues
1970-1986
Box: 26 Folder : 1 Student Health Center (includes National Labor Relations Board Discrimination Case)
1975-1978, undated
Box: 26 Folder : 2 Student Paper: "John Silber and the BU Crisis: The Faculty Strike of 1979" by Claudia Krakowski
1979
Box: 26 Folder : 3 Student Strike
1970
Box: 26 Folder : 4 Teach-In February 14, 1979
1979
Box: 26 Folder : 5 Tenure Discrimination: Brown, Julia Prewitt
1987, 1990
Box: 26 Folder : 6 Tenure Discrimination: Brown, Julia Prewitt v. Trustees of Boston University - Transcript (Day 1)
1987
Box: 26 Folder : 7 Tenure Discrimination: Brown, Julia Prewitt v. Trustees of Boston University - Transcript (Day 2)
1987
Box: 26 Folder : 8 Tenure Discrimination: Brown, Julia Prewitt v. Trustees of Boston University - Transcript (Day 3)
1987
Box: 26 Folder : 9 Tenure Discrimination: Brown, Julia Prewitt v. Trustees of Boston University - Transcript (Day 4)
1987
Box: 26 Folder : 10 Tenure Discrimination: Brown, Julia Prewitt v. Trustees of Boston University - Transcript (Day 5)
1987
Box: 26 Folder : 11 Tenure Discrimination: Brown, Julia Prewitt v. Trustees of Boston University - Transcript (Day 6)
1987
Box: 26 Folder : 12 Tenure Discrimination: Brown, Julia Prewitt v. Trustees of Boston University - Transcript (Day 7)
1987
Box: 26 Folder : 13 Tenure Discrimination: Brown, Julia Prewitt v. Trustees of Boston University - Transcript (Day 8)
1987
Box: 26 Folder : 14 Tenure Discrimination: Brown, Julia Prewitt v. Trustees of Boston University - Transcript (Day 9)
1987
Box: 26 Folder : 15 Tenure Discrimination: Brown, Julia Prewitt v. Trustees of Boston University - Transcript (Day 10)
1987
Box: 26 Folder : 16 Tenure Discrimination: Brown, Julia Prewitt v. Trustees of Boston University - Transcript (Day 11)
1987
Box: 26 Folder : 17 Tenure Discrimination: Brown, Julia Prewitt v. Trustees of Boston University - Transcript (Day 12)
1987
Box: 26 Folder : 18 Tenure Discrimination: Brown, Julia Prewitt v. Trustees of Boston University - Transcript (Day 13 - Closing Arguments and Charge)
1987
Box: 26 Folder : 19 Tenure Discrimination: Brown, Julia Prewitt v. Trustees of Boston University - Zinn Notes
1987
Box: 27 Folder : 1 Trustees (I)
1974-1982
Box: 27 Folder : 2 Trustees (II)
1974-1982
Box: 27 Folder : 3 Trustees
1976-1980, 1990, undated
Box: 27 Folder : 4 Tuition Increases
1978-1991, undated
Box: 27 Folder : 5 Vendors on Campus
1976, 1979
Box: 27 Folder : 6 Women's Issues
1970-1980
Box: 27 Folder : 7 Zinn Application for Metcalf Award
1988
Box: 27 Folder : 8 Zinn Correspondence with Herman Frederick Eilts (various topics)
1983-1986
Box: 27 Folder : 9 Zinn Pay Docking Grievance
1979-1980
Box: 27 Folder : 10 Zinn Salary, Merit Grievances
1974-1978
Box: 27 Folder : 11 Zinn Salary, Merit Grievances
1979
Box: 27 Folder : 12 Zinn Salary, Merit Grievances (I)
1980
Box: 27 Folder : 13 Zinn Salary, Merit Grievances (II)
1980
Box: 27 Folder : 14 Zinn Salary, Merit Grievances
1981
Box: 27 Folder : 15 Zinn Salary, Merit Grievances
1982-1983
Box: 27 Folder : 16 Zinn Salary, Merit Grievances
1984-1985
Box: 27 Folder : 17 Zinn Salary, Merit Grievances
1987
Box: 27 Folder : 18 Zinn Salary, Merit Grievances: Summaries and Emily Dalgarno (AAUP) Package
1979-1981
Box: 27 Folder : 19 Zinn Salary, Merit Grievances: Supporting Material
1962-1981, undated
Box: 27 Folder : 20 Zinn Salary, Merit Grievances: Supporting Material - Evaluations
1969-1981
Box: 27 Folder : 21 Zinn Salary, Merit Grievances: Supporting Material - Evaluations
1979-1983
Box: 27 Folder : 22 Zinn Sit-In Participation, December 8, 1969
1970

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