MC 1194

Inventory to the Shirley Chisholm Papers

By Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries

December 2003

Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries

Finding aid encoded in EAD, version 2002 by Tara Maharjan, April 2019
Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Chisholm, Shirley, 1924-2005
Title: Shirley Chisholm Papers
Dates: 1963-1994
Quantity: 3.7 cubic feet (8 manuscript boxes, 1 photograph box, 1 newspaper box)
Abstract: The papers of Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman to be elected to Congress, are approximately 4.4 cubic feet in size, comprising 10 manuscript boxes, a photograph box and a newspaper box. The collection spans the period 1969-1994, but the bulk of the material falls within the period 1969 to 1994. The papers contain speeches, congressional files, newsletters, newspapers and magazine articles, photographs, campaign miscellany, and audio cassettes. The collection is divided into two sub- groups; Shirley Chisholm and Robert Frishman, her speech writer. The Shirley Chisholm sub-group has six series, and the Robert Frishman sub-group has four.
Collection No.: MC 1194
Language: English
Repository: Rutgers University Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives

Biographical Sketch

Shirley Chisholm, born Shirley Anita St. Hill on November 30, 1924 is recognized for being the first African American woman to be elected to Congress, as well as the first African American woman to campaign for the United States presidency.

Chisholm spent her early childhood in Barbados with her siblings and grandmother. While in Barbados, she attended excellent schools, which was the basis of her strong commitment to education. She then returned to New York during her adolescence and attended a local elementary school in Brooklyn. Her family later moved to another area of the borough where Chisholm would finish out elementary and junior high school. A long time resident of Brooklyn, Chisholm finished Girls’ High School and then went on to Brooklyn College where she studied sociology and minored in Spanish.

At college, Chisholm and other minority students faced racial discrimination and rejection from white students and their organizations, but, where others saw a closed door, Chisholm saw an opportunity to create a new opening. Chisholm and several classmates started their own alternative social club for minorities, Ipothia, which stands for “in pursuit of the highest in all,” which became a trailblazer for the many other minority organizations that would arise at Brooklyn College.(1) In 1946, Chisholm graduated cum laude at the age of twenty-two. She had always known that she wanted to become a teacher, so after her graduation she began teaching at a Brooklyn nursery school and enrolled at Columbia University, where she received her Master’s degree in elementary education (1952). During this period, Chisholm was very concerned with the health and well-being of the children in the Brooklyn community, becoming the director of the Friends Day Nursery in Brooklyn.

She met her first husband, Conrad Chisholm, in those years, and became avidly involved in local politics because she felt that the old political machine was doing nothing for her community. In her autobiography, Chisholm mentions the total disregard with which her people were treated, and the need for mobilization, “It was starting to realize that the organization never had and never would pick black candidates even if the area became 99 percent black, so black citizens would have to organize and fight for candidates of their own.”(2) Chisholm’s first attendance at a 17th Assembly District club meeting was the beginning of an almost thirty five-year involvement with the political concerns of her community.

As part of her involvement with local political organizations, Chisholm helped to form the Bedford-Stuyvesant Political League, and also created the Unity Democratic Club in 1960. After campaigning for several other community leaders, Chisholm decided to run, and in 1964 successfully ran and was elected to the New York State Assembly, representing the district of Brooklyn. During her tenure as Assemblywoman, Chisholm is most proud of two bills she introduced in the legislature. One created a program called SEEK, which made it possible through recruitment and financial support for young men and women from disadvantaged backgrounds to go to college. The other bill set up the state’s first unemployment insurance coverage for personal and domestic employees.(3)

In 1968, Chisholm campaigned and won a spot as representative of New York’s Twelfth Congressional District, making her the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress. “During her first term in Congress Chisholm hired an all female staff and spoke out for civil rights, women’s rights, and the poor and against the Vietnam War. In 1970, she was elected to a second term. She was a sought after speaker and co-founder of the National Organization for Women.”(4) Her first committee assignment was on the Agriculture Committee, which was nowhere within the realm of her education or experience; Chisholm sternly appealed her placement until she was assigned to the Veterans Affairs Committee. Throughout her congressional career, she supported the Equal Rights Amendment and legalized abortions. “Congresswoman Chisholm has earned praise for her efforts on behalf of Black colleges, compensatory education, and minimum wage for domestics, American Indians, the Haitian refugees, migrant farm workers, and the poor.”(5)

In 1972, Chisholm campaigned unsuccessfully for the United States Presidency, but is now remembered as the first African American woman to run. She notes in her second book, “I ran because someone had to do it first. In this country everybody is supposed to be able to run for President, but that’s never been really true. I ran because most people think the country is not ready for a black candidate, not ready for a woman candidate. Someday.”(6) Shirley Chisholm is the author of two autobiographical books, Unbought and Unbossed (1970), and The Good Fight (1973), in which she speaks of her run for the presidency.

In 1982, Chisholm did not seek reelection and retired after that term. She remained active in the political arena, speaking and lecturing across the United States. She continued her love of teaching and surrounding herself with the younger community by becoming a professor at Mount Holyoke College from 1983 to 1987. Chisholm and her long time husband of almost forty years divorced in 1977, and she married businessman Arthur Hardwick in 1977.

Over the course of her lifetime, Chisholm has written books and numerous editorial pieces, delivered speeches, and has received several awards, honorary degrees, and titles honoring her contribution to society. She continues to work as a lecturer, teacher and political mentor. “Mrs. Chisholm still hopes for a new national state of mind that demands peace, prosperity and equality for all Americans.”(7) Shirley Chisholm spent her final years living in Florida, where she died on January 1, 2005. She was 80 years old.

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(1) Chisholm, Shirley. Unbought and Unbossed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1970, p. 26.

(2) Ibid, page 32.

(3) Ibid, page 61.

(4) Page Wise, Inc.

(5) Shirley Chisholm to New York Constituents (early 1980s). Miscellaneous Correspondence series, Robert Frishman subgroup, Shirley Chisholm papers.

(6) Chisholm, Shirley. The Good Fight. New York: Harper & Row, 1973, p. 3.

(7) Shirley Chisholm to New York Constituents (early 1980s). Miscellaneous Correspondence series, Robert Frishman subgroup, Shirley Chisholm papers.

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Scope and Content Note

The papers of Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman to be elected to Congress, are approximately 4.4 cubic feet in size, comprising 10 manuscript boxes, a photograph box and a newspaper box. The collection spans the period 1969-1994, but the bulk of the material falls within the period 1969 to 1994. The papers contain speeches, congressional files, newsletters, newspapers and magazine articles, photographs, campaign miscellany, and audio cassettes. The collection is divided into two sub- groups; Shirley Chisholm and Robert Frishman, her speech writer. The Shirley Chisholm sub-group has six series, and the Robert Frishman sub-group has four.

Shirley Chisholm sub-group


The sub-group consists of files kept by Shirley Chisholm documenting her political career as both a member of the New York State Assembly and as a Congresswoman from New York’s Twelfth Congressional District. The SPEECHES are particularly important because they show Chisholm’s ideas, particularly on African- Americans, the Civil Rights movement, health care, education, minorities and women’s issues, and how far these “ideas” were disseminated.

Robert Frishman sub-group

The second sub-group in the collection documents the work of Robert Frishman, Shirley Chisholm’s speech writer. The Robert Frishman sub-group includes the following series: SPEECHES, CONGRESSIONAL FILES, PHOTOGRAPHS, PUBLICATIONS. The series in this sub-group also document Chisholm’s ideas, but show the role of Robert Frishman in writing her speeches. It documents the same issues that are covered in the Shirley Chisholm SPEECHES series, issues that Chisholm felt strongly about which she addressed and wanted to change as a member of Congress.

CONGRESSIONAL FILES primarily consist of Chisholm work on various bills while in Congress. That series compliments the CORRESPONDENCE series which contains correspondence with business associates, famous people and constituents, as well as memos that outline various bills she brought to Congress.

In addition to paper formats the collection contains two audio cassettes of Chisholm being interviewed by a radio station.

PHOTOGRAPHS contains photographs primarily of Chisholm attending various functions, as well as portraits and color snap shots of Chisholm’s family and friends.

PUBLICATIONS consists of clippings in newspapers and magazines that document Chisholm’s work in Congress as well a list of references.

The NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS were copied onto acid free paper for preservation purposes, and the originals discarded.

Oversized photographs and publications, campaign posters and buttons are stored separately.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Shirley Chisholm Papers. MC 1194. Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.

Provenance Note

This collection was donated by Shirley Chisholm in 2002. An additional box of material was received from Robert Frishman shortly thereafter.

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Container List

SPEECHES, 1971-1989
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Summary: Speeches on topics regarding African-Americans and their role in politics, business, the media, education, and the family unit; drug and alcohol abuse; nursing and health care and the implications for education and mental health; Black and Jewish relations; “humanism” and general race issues. Speeches are final typed copies.
Of particular interest are speeches on the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.
There are several speeches on women’s issues in regard to the workplace, the family, and politics.
Box Folder
1 1 The African American Bicentennial Event, July 3, 1975
2 The Afro American Community and Entrepreneurship, undated
3 The African Americans Family Role in Education, undated
4 American Constitution and Advertisement, undated
5 America’s Troubled Youth, October 14, 1973
6 75th Anniversary Observance of History Department at Howard University, December 15, 1988
7 Are We at Risk, undated
8 The Bakke Case, July 30, 1977
9 Black Alcoholism Council, October 31, 1981
10 The Role of Black Businesswomen in Community Development, September 1, 1988
11 Blacks: Campaign Speech South Carolina, undated
12 The Survival of the Black Child, October 26, 1979
13 The Black as a Colonized Man, October 20, 1969
14 Why Black Engineers, April 1, 1979
15 The Black Family, undated
16 The Politics of Black Higher Education the 80s, April 19, 1980
17 Black Leadership Must be Earned, February 27, [1980s?]
18 Blacks: Policies and the Media, undated
19 The Function of Black Religion in Education, undated
20 Black Struggle in History for Excellence in Education, February 19, 1984
21 Black Studies and Women’s Studies: An Overdue Partnership, April 23, 1983
22 Black Studies and Women’s Studies: An Overdue Partnership, April 23, 1983
23 The Survival of Black Colleges: Present and Future, undated
24 Black Unity: How to Achieve It, Summer 1982
25 Black Women: Political Energy for the Present and Future, undated
26 The Black Middle Class, February 1, 1992
27 Independent Black Women’s Caucus, June 24, 1978
28 Black Women in Politics, July 24, 1973
29 The Viability of Black Women in Politics, February 24, 1984
30 Black Youth Unemployment, March 4, 1983
31 The Challenges Community School Boards Face, undated
32 Civil Rights Movement, [1988]
33 Case for Civil Rights, July 1, 1983
34 Civil Rights in a Conservative Era, undated
35 Child Health Care in the Ghetto, May 22, 1975
36 Coalition Building, July 26, 1981
37 A Congressional View of Neighborhood Revitalization in NYC, January 12, 1978
38 Consumer Protection, undated
39 The Contemporary Black Woman, September 16, 1978
40 Controversy vs. Challenge in Education, undated
41 Controversy vs. Challenge in Education, undated
42 The Impact of Competency Testing on Black Teachers, Summer 1985
43 Criminal Justice in Crisis, March 26, 1982
44 The Crisis in the American Family, November 1, 1984
45 The Crisis of Black Scholars in Academia Today, January 1, 1986
46 Diversity Through Unity, May 1, 1989
47 Drug and Alcohol Abuse: A National Problem, undated
48 Drug Abuse in African-American and Hispanic Communities, July 1991
49 The Drug Problem, undated
50 Economic Self Sufficiency for Black Americans, August 16, 1983
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2 1 Educational Challenges, undated
2 The Educational Challenges for the 80s, undated
3 Enhancing Success for Minorities in Medical Education, September 24, 1981
4 The Black Family, undated
5 Federal Government Responsibilities in Education, October 7, 1974
6 Family Planning Association, April 30, 1984
7 Federal Trends in Education, undated
8 The Future of Black-Jewish Relations, September 12, 1982
9 Health [Health Crisis], undated
10 The Impact of Health on Educational Achievement, Summer 1985
11 Issues in Health Care, undated
12 The Health Problems of Black Women: A Continuing Crisis, April 5, 1984
13 Higher Education (includes "Future of Higher Education," November 9, 1983; "Challenges, Changes, and Opportunities in American Education," Summer 1985; "An Educational Revolution,"undated; "Educational Challenges,"undated; "Educational Challenges for the 80s,"undated; "Controversy vs. Challenges in Eduction," [undated., annotated to address audience in Des Moints]; Untitled speech ("Education in the early years of our nation…"), undated)
14 Affordable Housing: Is It Only an Elusive American Dream?, October 1, 1989
15 The Housing Monster: Federally Financed Decay, undated
16 Human Rights in a Conservative Era, undated
17 Humanism for Blacks and Whites, [1980s/1990s]
18 Humanism for Blacks and Whites, [late 1960s/early 1970s]
19 Hunger at Home and Abroad: A Growing Dilemma, undated
20 Hunger in America, undated
21 The Impact of Politics on the Quality of Education, undated
22 Individual and the Community, November 19, 1983
23 The Individual Role in Combating Racism on Campus, undated
24 The Issues of Justice or Fairness and the Democratic Process, [1984]
25 Make America Healthy, April 1, 1991
26 Martin Luther King (The King Legacy: A Vision for America, a Dream for the World, a Philosophy for Today), January 1, 1987
27 Media Ethics Problems and Pressures, November 4, 1977
28 Federal Mental Health Initiative, January 14, 1980
29 Mental Health for the Community / Mental Retardation, undated
30 Minorities and Health Care, April 21, 1983
31 Address Before the National Forum on the Minority Disadvantaged Gifted and Talented, May 15, 1978
32 Minority Teachers Recruitment and Retention, undated
33 Minority Women and Economic Parity, undated
34 Notes on Minority Women and the Equal Rights Amendment, November 25, 1980
35 Draft Remarks on Minority Women in Business … Where Do You Fit In?, undated
36 The Nation Wide Plague: Narcotic Addiction, undated
37 Negro Leaders, undated
38 The Nursing Organization as a Political Pressure Group, undated
39 Nursing: Where It's Going, undated
40 An Open Letter to American Parents ("Love is Not Enough"), December 1, 1971
41 Politics is Every Black Woman’s Business, undated
42 Protest, Order and Justice in America, February 1, 1978
43 Protest, Order and Justice in America, February 1, 1978
44 Racial Discrimination and Black Politicians, [1980s]
45 Recruiting Management and Upgrading in the Business World for Blacks, undated
46 Remarks of Edward Jennings, undated
47 Revitalizing and Rehabilitating Communities, September 21, 1978
48 Are Schools Achieving Desired Social Goals?, [1983 or later]
49 The Second Reconstruction, [1980?]
50 Second Reconstruction, [1980?]; Civil Rights Movement of the 60s, undated
51 Select Subcommittee on Education, [1971]
52 Sex Equity: A Community Challenge, November 1, 1978
53 Social Policy Changes: The Impact on Quality of Education, Summer 1985
54 Social Justice and the Politics of Welfare, undated
55 Is Social Justice Possible in America?, September 1, 1987
56 What Can Social Studies Teachers Do to Help Obtain Equality of Rights for All, "article for Social Education, July 13, 1971"; also dated "April 6, 1984" by hand.
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3 1 Campaign Conference, Jackson Mississippi, April 3, 1982
2 Speech for World Food October 16, 1982
3 Speech to Indiana Black Exposition, July 11, 1981
4 What Congress Should Hear from Black Education, September 8, 1977
5 Training a Diverse Workplace, February 1, 1992
6 Training Teachers for Diversity, February 1, 1992
7 Undocumented Workers in NYC, May 8, 1982
8 Urban Education, undated
9 The U.S. Constitution and Black Americans, undated
10 Welfare Revisited-the Dilemma of the Single Parent Family, November 11, 1974
11 The Academic Implications of the Women’s Movement, May 21, 1975
12 Women and the 1988 Presidential Elections, [April 1988]
13 Women as Financial Planners, March 21, 1981
14 Women and Politics, undated
15 Women in Politics and the Challenge of Race, [after 1984]
16 Women in Politics: A Decade of Achievement, February 1, 1989
17 Women and Politics and Political Process, Winter 1982-1983
18 Women: Who Speaks for Us?, undated
19 Women & Work, undated
20 Women and Work in America: Now and Then?, undated
21 The Future of Women in the Workplace, September 1, 1982
22 Where Do We (Blacks) Go From Here?, undated
Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Summary: Includes a large number of complimentary letters from various individuals in politics, corporations and universities; presidential campaign speeches, articles and statements; Shirley Chisholm’s “Reports from Albany”; campaign cards and leaflets. Topics of letters include acknowledging Chisholm for speaking at various benefits, universities or political events.
Of particular interest is the endorsement of Nelson Rockefeller for Vice Presidency. Also includes Presidential campaign speeches, articles, and statements, and presidential campaign position papers.
Box Folder
3 23 Assemblywoman Chisholm: Reports from Albany, 1965-1968
24 Campaign Cards and Leaflets, 1958-1982
25 Chisholm’s Endorsement of Nelson Rockefeller for United States Vice Presidency, 1974
26-27 Complimentary Letters, 1974-1975
28-33 Complimentary Letters, 1983-1988
Box Folder
4 1-4 Complimentary Letters, 1989-1999
5 Presidential Campaign Speeches, Articles, and Statements, 1969-1972
6 Presidential Campaign Position Papers, 1972
GENERAL FILES, 1966-1986
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Summary: Includes correspondence, clippings, speeches and ephemera. Subjects include biographical information regarding Chisholm’s political and academic career, bilingual education and racism, and Shirley Chisholm’s legislative record as reported in Our Record, the congressional newspaper.
Of particular interest is Chisholm’s comment on the Petition for Declaration Relief concerning section 315 of the FCC in which Chisholm argues that CBS broadcasting network should not broadcast candidates’ views prior to a presidential debate.
Includes correspondence regarding appointment of Chisholm as Purlington Professor at Mount Holyoke. There are various interviews Chisholm did with Indiana University, as well as those she did with various publications. Lastly there is a written transcript of an interview Chisholm had on WNBC. There are also newspaper articles in various publications such as The New York Times that report her various her legislative activities.
Of particular interest there is a letter written to Shirley Chisholm from George Wallace personally welcoming her and the National Black Women’s Political Caucus to Alabama.
Box Folder
4 7 Biographical Materials
8 Bilingual Education and the New Racism
9 Chisholm’s Newspapers, 1968-1972
10 Chisholm’s Newspapers, 1974-1976
11 Comments on Petitions for Declarations Relief Concerning Section 315 of the 1972
12 Honorary/Tribute, November 1971
13 Mount Holyoke, September 1982
14 Personal Statements/ Personal Interviews, 1970-1986
15 Women and Politics clippings and articles that mention Chisholm, January 1972-October 1982
16 Correspondence: Wallace, George C., December 1986
10 (newspaper box) Honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, Dillard University, 1985
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Summary: Clippings include various editorials by Shirley Chisholm regarding education, immigration and the political community, written over the course of her political career. Additional clippings document her lectures, writings and speeches. Lastly there are articles covering her retirement.
Consists of articles which reveal her opinions regarding political education, her lectures and writings and her comments about her retirement.
Box Folder
4 17 Clippings, 1977-1980
18 Clippings, 1981
19 Clippings, 1984
20 Clippings, undated.
21 Lectures, Writings and Speeches: Clippings, 1969-1975
22 Lectures, Speeches and Writings: Clippings, 1976
Box Folder
5 1 Lectures, Speeches and Writings: Clippings, 1983
2 Retirement Clippings and Press Releases, January-February 1982
3 Retirement Clippings and Press Releases, March-September 1982
4 Retirement Clippings and Press Releases, October-December 1982
NEWSLETTERS, 1969-1982
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Summary: The newsletters are divided by type of publication including, most prominently, her own newsletter which informs her constituents of her activity in the legislature.
In addition, there are copies of the Congressional Record of the House of Representatives. Lastly, there are copies of Chisholm’s publication New Release which expound on her political activities while she was a representative. In addition there are a few press releases in which Chisholm comments on rent control issues and municipal zoning regulations.
Box Folder
5 5-6 Congressional Publications, 1973-1982
7 Congressional Record Newsletter, 1969-1971
8 Congressional Record Newsletter, 1981-1982
9 Press Releases, January 1969-August 1972
10 Press Releases, April 1973-July 1978
11 Press Releases, May 1980-July 1981
PHOTOGRAPHS, 1969-1990
Arrangement:Grouped by size and thereunder chronologically.
Summary: Includes both original and photocopies of original photographs and reproductions from newspapers and magazines. Subjects include photographs of Chisholm at the White House with President Jimmy Carter, Chisholm with Lyndon Johnson at the Democratic National Congressional Committee; Chisholm with Former Speaker McCormick, Chisholm in front of the women’s suffrage monument, as well as Chisholm with various other political figures and at the youth conference in Washington D.C.
Oversized photos that are stored separately.
Box Folder
5 12 undated
13 Reproduced in magazines, newspapers, 1969-1970
Summary:Includes campaign pins for her run for presidency, as well as campaign posters and a poster for a lecture series.
10 (newspaper box) 3 campaign posters, undated, and campaign buttons
PHOTOGRAPHS, 1963 and undated
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically by subject matter.
Summary: Subjects include voter registration before election to New York Assembly, 1963; Chisholm interacting with youth organizations and students; and undated congressional scenes. There are also photographs of Democratic National Congressional Chairman Michael J. Kirwan during election time. There are unidentified family photos, as well as Shirley Chisholm’s weddings photos, and a portrait of Conrad Chisholm. Includes photographs of miscellaneous events and meetings, and office scenes with interns and other office workers such as Denise Woods and Averil Thompson. Also includes photographs in front of the U.S. Capitol at the Senior Citizens Rally in 1981 and photographs of Chisholm at various press conferences. Lastly, there are portraits of Chisholm as a college student and as a Congresswoman.
Box Folder
7 11 Before Election to NY State Assembly, 1963
12 Chisholm interacting with youth organizations and students, undated
13-14 Congressional scenes, undated
15-16 Democratic National Congressional Committee; Michael J. Kirwan, Chairman (Election Time)
17 Family Photos, undated
18-19 Miscellaneous events and meetings undated
Box Folder
8 1 Office Scenes with Interns and others, undated
2 Scenes in front of U.S. Capitol, undated
3-4 Portraits of Chisholm
5 Press Conferences, 1979
6 Miscellaneous photographs taken at the Capitol and Washington D.C.
9 (photo box) 24 photographs, undated
SPEECHES, 1980-1984
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically by title.
Summary: Speeches on topics regarding politics, civil rights, the media, education, drug and alcohol abuse, nursing and health care and its implications for education.
Speeches are final typed copies.
Of particular interest are statements of support of Geraldine Ferraro and Gillis Long.
Box Folder
5 14 Women and Politics: Winter, 1982-1983
15 A Short Lesson About US Congress, May 1982
16 Sexism in America, January 25, 1982
17 Political Realities of the 80s, January 18, 1982
18 The Contemporary Congress, Winter 1982-83
19 Economic Self Sufficiency for Black America, February 1980, August 1983 and March 1983
20 Africa and Black America: Closing the Gap, March 29, 1982
21 Aspects of Human and Civil Rights, May 1982, July 1983, February 1984
22 Bedford Hills Correctional Facility Graduation Ceremony, June 24 1982
23 Black Unity: How to Achieve It, Summer 1982
24 Brooklyn College, April 10, 1981
25 Budget and Politics, March 1982
26 Campaign Conference in Mississippi, April 3, 1982
27 Can Congress Govern?, January 21, 1982
28 Changing Pattern in An Era of Risk, June 2, 1982
29 Chinese American Association/Republic of China, October 13, 1980
30 Citizen Action, January 12, 1983
31 Civic and Social Responsibilities of a College Education, March 23, 1982
32 Criminal Justice in Crisis: A Challenge for Black America, March 26, 1982
33 Diversity and Educational Challenges for the Eighties, September 6, 1983
34 Double Standard Immigrant Policies, March 30, 1982
35 Economic Justice for Women, September 12, 1983
36 Economic and Budget Proposal, June 1, 1980
37 Ed Koch Endorsement Statement, September 13, 1982
Box Folder
6 1 Education and Ecology, August 17, 1983
2 Endorsement of President Jimmy Carter's Re-Election
3 Enterprise Zone Legislation, July 14, 1982
4 Farewell, September 18, 1982
5 The Future of Black-Jewish Relations, September 12, 1982
6 Humanism for Black and White, February 1983
7 The Importance of Public Education, November 1982
8 Introduction of Paul Warnke, June 1982
9 Introduction Statement at WMCA Radio Station, June 1982
10 Junior Academy Graduation, June 1982
11 Knowledge is Power, May 3, 1984
12 Law School Commencement Address, May 1984
13 Liberalism and the Condition of Black America, September 1980
14 Lorton Prison College Program, July 1982
15 Making New Things Happen ( Science Teachers), November 1982
16 Metro NY Council of Minority Builders, August 1980
17 Minorities and Health Care, April 1983
18 M.I.T. Graduation, May 1984
19 National Migrant Foundation, June 1983
20 New Federalism, March-May 1982
21 New Thrust in Federal Aid to Education, February 1982
22 Opening of Maricopa Tech, August 1982
23 Peaceful Conflict Resolution, March-April 1982
24 Power and Powerlessness of Black Women, August 1982
25 Protest Order and Justice in America, February 1982
26 Reaction to Reagan Speech, February 1981
27 Reaganomics and its Effect on Families and Children, June 1982
28 Review of American Politics Today, February 1984
29 Salute to Congress Dinner, January 1984
30 Seminar for Social Studies Teachers, August 1982
31 Senior Citizens Council of North Brooklyn, April 1982
32 Social Service Systems, June 1983
33 South Africa: Land of Fear, December 1982
34 State of the Union, 1983
35 Statement in Support of Geraldine Ferraro and Gillis Long, August 1980
36 Statement on Amendments to H.R. 6417 (December 4, 1980), 4169 (September 9, 1981), and H. Con. R. 194 (October 14, 1981)
37 Success: How to Make it Happen, May-July 1982
38 Sutter Houses Ribbon Cutting, August 1982
39 Tribute to Congressman Dick Bolling, December 1982
40 Tribute to Roy Wilkins, September 1981
41 The U.S. Constitution and Black Americans, February 1983
42 Vietnam, June 1983
43 Wayne County College Faculty, October 1980
44 What Caribbean Initiative? April 1982
45 Women’s Rights and Expectations, February 1981
46 World Food Day, October 1982
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically by surname.
Summary: Consists of Shirley Chisholm’s Alternative Education Bill which includes testimony before subcommittee on education. Also included is Chisholm’s Migrant Bill.
Also includes a folder that contains miscellaneous supplies such as United States Citizenship Certificates, and Shirley Chisholm government office stationery.
Box Folder
6 47 Chisholm Alternative Education Bill, March 1980
Box Folder
6 48 Chisholm Migrant Bill, September 1981
49 Letterhead and stationery
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically by dates of correspondence, followed by miscellaneous correspondence covering the entire span of the sub-series.
Summary: Correspondence given to Frishman to answer, which are annotated by Chisholm to constituents regarding current political issues and government funded program affecting her district and recent legislation. In addition there are various bills Chisholm was working on during that period concerning topics such as nuclear weapons, clean air, reverse mortgages, employment services and housing, as well as memos regarding the fair housing bills, land grant institutions, FCC legislation, housing funds, and the Urban Enterprise Fund Act. Lastly, there is miscellaneous personal correspondence regarding deaths and first drafts of speeches and inter-office correspondence. Her resume is included as well.
Of particular interest is a collection of six poems written by Shirley Chisholm in the 1960’s in response to the civil unrest at that time against African Americans.
Box Folder
7 1-2 Letters, 1980
3-6 Letters, 1981-1982
7-8 Memos, 1980-1981
9-10 Miscellaneous, 1980-1984
Arrangement:Arranged chronologically by subject matter.
Summary: Articles and news clippings, 1982-1985. Subjects include Shirley Chisholm as a Congresswoman leaving politics for personal pursuits and Chisholm’s comments about the having a more effective Congress. Includes copies of the Congressional Record where she is addressing Congress, news releases regarding various bills, actions and policies she set forth to Congress. Includes articles written about Shirley Chisholm and a list of references. Also includes a transcript of her on air appearance on Meet the Press, July 1972. Magazines include Christianity and Crisis, About Time, Independent Action News, a tribute to Shirley Chisholm in September 1982, as well as an interview in Cobblestone; The History Magazine for Young People in which she was interviewed.
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8 7-8 Articles and News Clippings, 1969-1985
9 Congressional New Releases, undated
10 List of References, 1969-1982
11 Newsletters and Magazines, 1972-1983
12 Unbought and Unbossed, 1970