Social Activists and Public Advocates
Collections listed by subject
This collection details records kept by the ACT UP organization committed to ending the AIDS crisis.
2.47 cubic ft. (about 2.47 boxes)
The Albany County Civic Center Collection documents the policy decisions that went into planning an arena in downtown Albany. Originally named the Knickerbocker Arena, it was later known as the Pepsi Arena and the Times Union Center.
0.75 cubic ft. (about 0.75 boxes)
This collection includes material related to the Albany Friends Meeting's social justice activities, specifically having to do with injustices within the New York State judicial system.
1.0 cubic ft. (about 1.0 boxes)
Founded to encorage and advance training and professionalism in public administration for New York State
9.5 cubic ft. (about 9.5 boxes)
Associated Industries of New York State / The Business Council of New York State
Records, 1996 December 19 - 2017 March 27
The Associated Industries of New York State/ Business Council of New York State Records contains documents which were created during the group's 66 years of business. Among the contents are files on the group's former directors, correspondence and legal council records. The records of the association also contain some publications from other sources.
An early organization representing higher education before the Legislature and the Executive in Albany, as well as the Federal Government in Washington D.C.
22.5 cubic ft. (about 22.5 boxes)
The Atlantic States Legal Foundation Records document the environmental not-for-profit organization’s pollution reduction and environmental remediation projects and cases throughout the United States and territories.
179.74 cubic ft. (about 179.74 boxes)
This collection contains the papers of Edward J. Bloch, a native of New York who served in the military between 1943 and 1946 with assignments in Okinawa during World War II and post-war North China, taught science in Istanbul, Turkey (1947-1950), and dedicated the majority of his career to labor concerns as a representative for the labor union United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (1950-1984). Edward Bloch also served as President of the Labor Action Coalition of New York (1975 to the late 1990s), Director of the Interfaith Impact for the New York State Council of Churches (1987-1995), and ran unsuccessfully for two different congressional district seats (1984,1986,1995-1996). Among the many honors Bloch received during his lifetime is the Purple Heart, which he was awarded for his actions during World War II.
5.41 cubic ft. (about 5.41 boxes)
The Brothers was a civil rights group that was active in Albany, New York for several years beginning in 1966.
2.1 cubic ft. (about 2.1 boxes)
The Business and Professional Women's Club of Albany, New York, (BPW) was founded in 1934 with 22 charter members as a chapter of the Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York State, Inc. (founded in 1919) and a member of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc. The objectives of the club, according to its by-laws, were "To elevate the standards for women in business and in the professions; To promote the interests of business and professional women; To bring about a spirit of cooperation among business and professional women of the United States; [and] To extend opportunities to business and professional women through education along lines of industrial, scientific, and vocational activities."
2.3 cubic ft. (about 2.3 boxes)
These records document the history of the Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York State, Inc.
3.99 cubic ft. (about 3.99 boxes)
These records document the history of the Business and Professional Women's Club of Schenectady, NY.
43.2 cubic ft. (about 43.2 boxes)
Campus Action was formed in April of 1992 as a multi-cultural, multi-issue organization with a mission to promote activism and support activist organizations on university campuses in New Yorks Capital Region.
2.29 cubic ft. (about 2.29 boxes)
This collection contains administrative files, correspondence, newsletters, subject files and meeting minutes from the Capital Area Council of Churches, an organization designed to promote cooperation between different religious institutions in the Albany, N.Y. area.
9 cubic ft. (about 9 boxes)
Founded by a group of Albany area residents who organized to prevent the Springboks, the all-white South African national rugby team representing the apartheid South African government, from playing a game against the American all-star rugby team in Albany scheduled in 1981.
This collection includes material collected and created by the the Capital District Committee for Palestinian Rights.
1.0 cubic ft. (about 1.0 boxes)
The Capital District Transgender Community Archive Collection contains material pertaining to local trangender history. This collections contains a large variety of publications about transgenderism.
3.37 cubic ft. (about 3.37 boxes)
Jeanne Casatelli is a native of East Greenbush, New York, who has fought sprawl in her hometown for more than twenty years.
2.6 cubic ft. (about 2.6 boxes)
The Catholics Against Capital Punishment Records is a small collection that contains several articles, statements, and pamphlets making a case against the death penalty from a Catholic standpoint.
0.80 cubic ft. (about 0.80 boxes)
The Citizens Budget Commission contain information on the financial outlook of New York City from the 1930's to the 1990's.
12.92 cubic ft. (about 12.92 boxes)
The records of Citizens' Environmental Coalition (CEC) document its research and activism, from its infancy as part of the New York Environmental Institute, through its independent chartering in 1991, and continuing into the new millennium.
44.25 cubic ft. (about 44.25 boxes)
The collection documents the City Club of Albany and primarily contains organizational records from 1957-1959, mainly concerned with issues of the Citizen's Platform. The collection is composed chiefly of files retained by Harriet D. Adams as vice president of the club when it was particularly interested in urban planning.
0.3 cubic ft. (about 0.3 boxes)
The Committee for Progressive Legislation records document the efforts of the group in bringing attention to issues important to many New Yorkers, especially abortion, family planning, welfare rights, and the attack on separation of church and state.
1.2 cubic ft. (about 1.2 boxes)
Concerned Citizens Against Crossgates (CCAC) was organized as an informal group opposed to the construction of the Pyramid Crossgates mall in the summer of 1979.
5.05 cubic ft. (about 5.05 boxes)
The collection includes material related to pro-peace organizations retained by Schnectady resident David Coplon.
5 cubic ft. (about 5 boxes)
The Michelle Crone Papers document her experience as a feminist and lesbian activist from the early 1980s until the mid-1990s. The collection includes material from here position as National Civil Disobedience Coordinator for the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, and as a member of the Executive Committee for the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation. Also present are records from Michelle Crone’s management of a number of women’s festivals from 1982 to 1996—most notably Rhythm Fest and the Cultural Festival at Gay Games IV—and records from her Capital District production company, Elword Productions. The collection also includes the records from her experience with the Seneca Women’s Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the National Lesbian Conference. Also included are her personal correspondence, records of her undergraduate studies with the theater and women’s studies programs at the University at Albany, SUNY, and political literature from a number of progressive causes at the national and local levels.
44.4 cubic ft. (about 44.4 boxes)
Materials relating to the application of the Pyramid Crossgates Company to the New York State DEC and DOT for permits to build the Crossgates Regional Shopping Mall in the Albany Pine Bush.
5.33 cubic ft. (about 5.33 boxes)
This collection contains the writings of Robert Doran as well as materials he collected related to social justice, political and environmental issues.
19 cubic ft. (about 19 boxes)
The collection contains records of the the Eighth Step, an independent, non-profit organization which held held concerts of folk, traditional, ethnic, blues, and jazz music and was originally involved in and influenced by late 1960s politics.
13.0 cubic ft. (about 13.0 boxes)
Records of independent, non-profit organization which promotes the creation and growth of micro-enterprises and small business ventures to improve the lives of low and moderate income residents of the Capital Region.
10.17 cubic ft. (about 10.17 boxes)
The Environmental Advocates of New York Records document the legislative activities of the organization from the 1980s through the late 1990s. The collection consists of correspondence, notes, meeting minutes, reports, memorandums, publications, news clippings, promotional material, as well as administrative files.
The Environmental Clearinghouse, Inc. also known as ECOS, is a regional environmental organization founded in Schenectady, New York in October 1971 by members of the Junior League of Schenectady, Inc. and supported since 1974 by membership contributions, donations, and volunteers.
3.66 cubic ft. (about 3.66 boxes)
Family Planning Advocates of New York State was established in the 1970's by the affiliates of Planned Parenthood of New York State in an effort to expand the capacity of its organization to affect public policy through lobbying and education.
7.72 cubic ft. (about 7.72 boxes)
This collection documents the activities of the Freedom Forum from 1959-1978. It includes information about administrative practices, meeting minutes, letters between members, and two photographs.
0.4 cubic ft. (about 0.4 boxes)
This collection contains records of the activities of Dr. Alice P. Green from her days as a student of criminal justice at the University at Albany, SUNY, through her career as founder and executive director of the Center for Law and Justice in Albany.
1.89 cubic ft. (about 1.89 boxes)
Death penalty abolitionist who worked with many anti-death penalty organizations, capital defense attorneys, representatives of various communities of faith, newspaper editorial boards, victims' rights groups, members of the families of the condemned, and many death row inmates throughout the country.
11.1 cubic ft. (about 11.1 boxes)
The Hunger Action Network of New York State was founded at the Food, Famine and Federalism conference on May 20th, 1982. The statewide membership organization is comprised of direct food providers, advocates, and others with the same goal of ending hunger and poverty in New York State. Today, HANNYS has more than 200 member organizations fighting in unison. The organization holds offices in New York City and Albany, New York.
12.28 cubic ft. (about 12.28 boxes)
The collection documents the activism of the Albany-based James Connolly Irish Republican Club during the mid-late 1970s through the Club's revival in 2015.
0.2 cubic ft. (about 0.2 boxes)
This collection contains the papers of Thomas Keefe.
13 cubic ft. (about 13 boxes)
These records document the day-to-day activities and interests of the Knolls Action Project (KAP).
24.25 cubic ft. (about 24.25 boxes)
The records of the League of Women Voters of Albany County (LWVAC), include material produced by the LWVAC as well as material that was produced by the League of Women Voters of New York State and the League of Women Voters of the United States. The most comprehensive series in the collection is the Administrative Files. There are meeting minutes, annual reports, and Board of Directors lists from 1940-2001. A large portion of the LWVAC collection relates to the two main purposes of the organization: voter service and "study and action." Records relating to voter service include pamphlets with information about candidates and citizen voting rights published by the LWVAC and material used to increase voter participation. Records related to "study and action" include material used by the LWVAC to inform citizens about public policy issues locally, statewide, and nationally. A strength of the LWVAC collection is the amount of material related to various public policy issues and how they affected the local community.
31.47 cubic ft. (about 31.47 boxes)
The League of Women Voters of Rensselaer County Records documents the political and social activities of the chapter since its founding in 1939.
9.03 cubic ft. (about 9.03 boxes)
Founded in 1920, the League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that informs citizens about government, encourages their participation, and seeks to influence public policy through education and advocacy. One of nearly 60 local leagues in New York State, the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County (formerly the League of Women Voters, Saratoga Springs Area) formed in early 1965. This collection documents the operation and activities of this local league from its founding through 2010.
4.2 cubic ft. (about 4.2 boxes)
This collection contains records of the League of Women Voters, Schenectady County.
10.4 cubic ft. (about 10.4 boxes)
History Professor and activist for unionism, this collection contains correspondence and rsearch files on Harry F. Ward, American medical history, and other subjects.
7 cubic ft. (about 7 boxes)
This collection contains the papers of Victor A. Lord.
5 cubic ft. (about 5 boxes)
This collection contains material related to the social and political activism of Manley, a longtime Schenectady, New York resident.
15.5 cubic ft. (about 15.5 boxes)
This collection contains the papers of Mark Mishler, a practicng attaorney iin Albany, New York.
6 cubic ft. (about 6 boxes)
This collection contains materials from Malinda Myers' work with the NAACP, Schenectady branch, and Schenectady County Community College.
0.4 cubic ft. (about 0.4 boxes)
Records document concerns for discrimination in housing and employment and for the recruitment of black professionals from colleges and universities to the area. The records also show the Branch's involvement with area social service providers, labor unions, and other community organizations, as well as with General Electric, as the area's major employer.
National Association For The Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Albany New York Branch Records
Collection of Records and materials from 1966-1987
3.2 cubic ft. (about 3.2 boxes)
National Association of Black Social Workers, Capital District Chapter Records document the organization's history and activities with various forms
.17 cubic ft. (about .17 boxes)
The National Organization for Women--Albany, N.Y. Chapter Records document the daily activities and special events involving the chapter as well as the chapter's interactions with the state and federal organizations.
5.0 cubic ft. (about 5.0 boxes)
The Thomas Nattell papers document the life of a mental health worker and political activist active during the 1980s and 1990s in Albany, New York. He created and participated in organizations like the Albany Peace and Energy Council (APEC) and the Three Guys From Albany poetry troupe. He also acted as promoter and event coordinator for movie showings, poetry open mics and an annual 24-hour poetry reading alongside a coinciding international postcard art event. Nattell used poetry and other arts to advance world peace, anti-nuclear power and proliferation, and environmental issues. This collection contains videos of events, photographs, scrapbooks full of art and poetry mailed from around the world to Nattell, subject files with research on topics related to his professional work as well as his activism, poetry, correspondence, and clippings.
12.1 cubic ft. (about 12.1 boxes)
The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is the preeminent statewide organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of individual civil liberties and civil rights in New York State. Founded in 1951, the NYCLU’s mission is to defend and uphold the basic rights and liberties articulated in the Bill of Rights and to advocate, litigate and educate for the protection of civil liberties. Through litigation, legal counsel, advocacy and legislative lobbying, the NYCLU has, among many issues, protected political freedom during the McCarthy era, argued against the constitutionality of the Vietnam War, created the first project focused on the rights of mentally disabled, and was the first civil liberties organization to advocate for reforming the foster care placement system. Over the last thirty years, the NYCLU has advocated for issues surrounding voting rights and censorship, fought to end gender discrimination and school segregation in New York State schools, and defended the separation of church and state. The collection consists of legal case files, administrative records and other archival materials. The collection is being processed and is currently closed, unless permission to access is granted in writing from the NYCLU Executive Director.
Records of non-profit citizens' organization committed to reducing hazardous chemical pesticides use through education and advocacy.
84.27 cubic ft. (about 84.27 boxes)
The collection documents a sixty-seven year time span (1928-1995) of the New York Public Welfare Association and contains a wealth of material related to the history and diverse functions of the organization including correspondence, memos, minutes of meetings, expenditures, and other files.
10.6 cubic ft. (about 10.6 boxes)
The records of New York State Common Cause document campaigns against political action committees, election reform, civil service reform, and accountability issues.
7 cubic ft. (about 7 boxes)
Tenants and Neighbors is a statewide coalition of New York's tenants and tenant associations that fight for tenants' rights and affordable housing for all people. The origins of Tenants and Neighbors dates to a meeting of tenant and housing activists from across the state in August 1972 at St. Rose College in Albany, N.Y. By December 1974, a formal organization was developed by housing and tenant activists across the state that drew up by-laws and created the original name as the New York Tenants Coalition. The first statewide membership meeting was held in February 1975. In 1995, the organization changed its name to New York State Tenants and Neighbors. The collection includes: minutes, annual reports, newsletter and other publications, legislative and organizational memoranda, press releases, clippings, video and press coverage.
29.9 cubic ft. (about 29.9 boxes)
The New York StateWide Senior Action Council records document the issues faced by senior citizens in New York State over the course of almost three decades. The bulk of the records consist of subject files in the areas of health care, Medicare, and social security issues. In addition to topical material, these records document the fundraising activities of the organization and its various sub-groups. Notably included are publications issued by the organization, including the Sentinel newsletter (1992-1996) and the Senior Action newspaper (1977-1991). The bulk of the material, found in the subject files, is useful for documenting issues about which NYSSAC was active. NYSSAC's work with New York state legislators, as well as government and private agencies in advocating for seniors and social justice issues, and their outreach efforts in education and advocacy, are well documented throughout the collection. Records of the activities of Executive Directors Michael Burgess and Bonnie Ray are the most prominent in the collection.
14.05 cubic ft. (about 14.05 boxes)
The North Country James Bay Group records document efforts of this upstate New York environmental organization to stop Hydro-Québec’s Great Whale (Grande Baleine) River/James Bay II development efforts in the early 1990s.
1.2 cubic ft. (about 1.2 boxes)
The Joseph L. Norton Papers include notes, correspondence, memoranda, newsletters, publications, and other materials documenting Norton's work as a SUNY Albany professor, a counselor, a teacher, and an activist in the gay community.
14 cubic ft. (about 14 boxes)
Records of association dedicated to the protection, appreciation, and enhancement of natural resources in and around Otsego County. The group is concerned about numerous issues including the preservation of the Otsego Lake watershed, solid waste management, land-use planning, and water quality.
6.4 cubic ft. (about 6.4 boxes)
Karl Otto Paetel was a political journalist, born in Berlin, forced to flee Germany in 1935 (Paetel was sentenced to death in absentia by the Nazis), and immigrated to the United States in 1940. Paetel's interests focused on the radical movements and social changes in the Twentieth Century from his youth until his death in 1975.
70 cubic ft. (about 70 boxes)
This collection contains records of the Pension Rights Center.
7 cubic ft. (about 7 boxes)
The Fred Pfeiffer Papers document Pfeiffer's work with labor unions and activist organizations in the Albany, NY, area from the mid-1970s to 2001.
4.29 cubic ft. (about 4.29 boxes)
This collection documents political events and issues, predominantly from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, through publications collected by University at Albany graduate student Peter Pollak.
2.9 cubic ft. (about 2.9 boxes)
The Libby Post Papers contain political campaign documents, professional correspondences, news clippings, meeting minutes, agendas, document drafts, press releases, news letters, civil activism notes, and other materials that document her involvement securing various LGBT rights and with political organizations, as well as the general LGBT community in Albany, NY.
4.18 cubic ft. (about 4.18 boxes)
This collection documents the life, work and activism of Helen Quirini of Schenectady, New York. The collection represents Quirini's numerous activities and interests including her early work owning a local market with her brother, her 39 year employment for General Electric, her activism in unions during her employment and retirement, as well as her charitable activities where she pursued civil, housing, pension, women's and senior citizen's rights.
50.89 cubic ft. (about 50.89 boxes)
The records of the Rensselaer County Greens (RCG) contain relevant information behind its efforts to protect the Rensselaer County, New York community from the destruction of environment and historical landmarks.
6.96 cubic ft. (about 6.96 boxes)
Documents twenty years of Dr. Rosenthal's research into the history of gay and lesbian activism and the AIDS crisis.
1.8 cubic ft. (about 1.8 boxes)
Subject files largely consisting of retained records of local organizations dedicated to preserving Albany, New York historic neighborhoods and architecture as well as the Pine Bush.
7.0 cubic ft. (about 7.0 boxes)
Founded in 1990 to to promote the preservation of agricultural, scenic, forest, natural, recreational, and open space land in Schoharie County,
3 cubic ft. (about 3 boxes)
The collection documents the day-to-day work of the Sierra Club's Atlantic Chapter over three and a half decades.
29 cubic ft. (about 29 boxes)
The Center was formed in 1981 by an alliance of non-profit activist organizations in order to provide a central location, office space, and basic services for activist groups in Albany, New York.
4.3 cubic ft. (about 4.3 boxes)
The School of Social Welfare Records document the history and day-to-day operations of the School at the University at Albany since its first full year of operation in 1964 through 2000.
23.4 cubic ft. (about 23.4 boxes)
Documents major projects the society undertook to protect water resources, including the Wilmorite project, the Bonded Concrete project, and the water supply applications of the city of Schenectady and the town of Rotterdam.
12.46 cubic ft. (about 12.46 boxes)
The Greyhound Strikers Solidarity Committee of the Capital District was created by Albany-area labor union activists in support of the autumn 1983 Amalgamated Transit Union strike against Greyhound Bus Lines. After the strike, the group was reconstituted as the Solidarity Committee of the Capital District (SCCD) and worked to support hundreds of strikes and labor activities in Eastern New York, across the country, and in Latin America.
20.8 cubic ft. (about 20.8 boxes)
Organized in 1974, the Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons was formed to promote greater awareness of the problems of prisons and corrections, improve communication between the prison population and the outside world, and advocate for alternatives to the death penalty.
10.5 cubic ft. (about 10.5 boxes)
This collection documents the activities of the Student Association of the State University of New York from its founding in 1970 hrough its first decade of existence.
17.5 cubic ft. (about 17.5 boxes)
The Norman Studer Papers document his career as both an educator and ardent Catskill folklorist. The collection includes significant material relating to his work as director of the Downtown Community School in New York City and Camp Woodland in the Catskills.
18.84 cubic ft. (about 18.84 boxes)
P.R.O.T.E.C.T. (Prudent Residents Opposed to Electric Cable Transmission) initially formed in 1982 to oppose construction of a high voltage power line originating from Marcy, New York in Oneida County and running down to the New York City area.
18 cubic ft. (about 18 boxes)
United University Professions (UUP) is the union and collective bargaining agent for the faculty and non-teaching professionals of the State University of New York (SUNY). UUP (initially named SUNY/United) was created by the 1973 merger of the Senate Professional Association (SPA) and the State University Federation of Teachers (SUFT).
0.83 cubic ft. (about 0.83 boxes)
The UUP Oral History Project's intent was to capture the history of the UUP as well as its predecessors through interviews with union executives and members.
2.73 cubic ft. (about 2.73 boxes)
The records of United University Professions (UUP) document the activities of the union and collective bargaining agent for the faculty and non-teaching professionals of the State University of New York. They begin in the 1960s with UUP's antecedents, the State University Professional Association (SUPA) and the Senate Professional Association (SPA), and continue through June 2000 for the materials produced by UUP's Communications Department, and through May 1993 for most other series.
161.17 cubic ft. (about 161.17 boxes)
The Urban Documentation Project Records contains research related to the waste industry, the environment, and related interests in New York State and across the country.
30 cubic ft. (about 30 boxes)
Since its establishment in 1966 as the Urban League of the Albany N.Y. Area has campaigned for voter registration, housing, education, social services and other issues of concern to African Americans and others in the New York State Capital District.
8.5 cubic ft. (about 8.5 boxes)
Eunice Baird Whittlesey was born in Yorkville, New York. She married Joseph I. Whittlesey on August 30, 1947, and had one daughter, Anne Whittlesey Donlan. Mrs. Whittlesey graduated from the University at Albany (then known as the New York State College for Teachers) in 1944. Mrs. Whittlesey began her professional life as an English, Speech and Drama teacher in Connecticut and Massachusetts. She has also held several prominent positions in the New York State and national Republican parties.
1.88 cubic ft. (about 1.88 boxes)
This collection details the social activism of Malcolm Willison in New York State's Capital Region. As an active board member of several local groups, his papers contain minutes, financial statements and budgets, programming ideas, brochures, planning notes, articles and reports, and clippings that detail the evolution of the various organizations contained in the collection. Organizational newsletters and event flyers, course and conference information planned by Willison in his capacity on executive boards, and vast amounts of correspondence about any number of events and issues are also part of the scope of the collection.
14.9 cubic ft. (about 14.9 boxes)
The Lawrence S. Wittner Papers document Dr. Wittner's activism in politics and his work with the Albany Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, the United University Professions Solidarity Committee, and various other organizations in the Capital Region.
3.16 cubic ft. (about 3.16 boxes)
The collection documents the history of the YWCA of Albany, which was founded in 1888 by a group of women led by Mrs. Acors Rathbun in order to provide housing and recreational activities for young women searching for work. Through the years, the organization expanded to include classes, childcare, athletics, essay contests, teen issue programs, and an annual awards dinner honoring women. Strengths include the extensive photographic material and meeting minutes from the board of trustees and directors. The collection is weakest at the beginning and end of the YWCA of Albany's existence.
20.21 cubic ft. (about 20.21 boxes)