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Social Action at Manhattanville

Social Action at Manhattanville

President O'Byrne and Students at the March on Washington 1963

We are proud to share two digital collections that document the tradition of social action at Manhattanville. The collections were made possible through grants funded by the Metropolitan Library Council and are generously hosted on their website.

In 1933, decades before the Civil Rights Movement transformed the nation, the Manhattanville community took a decisive stand in the fight against racism and discrimination. Over the next thirty-five years, as a founding member of the National Federation of Catholic College Students, Manhattanville created publications, hosted events, participated in demonstrations, and solidified its place as a beacon to other socially aware colleges.

These digital collections bears witness to the individuals who worked for change, and salutes the tradition of social action that remains an integral part of Manhattanville today.

The first digital collection features 150 items that focus upon Manhattanville’s early involvement in the Civil Rights Movement from Mother Dammann’s Principles Versus Prejudices Speech in 1937 to the March from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.

In 2013 Manhattanville expanded its NFCCS digital holdings through a collaborative project with fellow NFCCS member College of New Rochelle. The collection includes 200 additional documents and photographs from both of our archives that displays both colleges strong commitment to social action.

To see selected items from the exhibits please explore the sections below.

Principles Versus Prejudices
National Federation of Catholic College Students
The Social Action Secretariat: Publications 1960

The Social Action Secretariat: Events 1960-1966 
The Social Action Secretariat: Activism 1960-1966

For more information, please contact:

Lauren Georger Ziarko, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian
Manhattanville College Library
2900 Purchase St.
Purchase, NY 10577
Tel: (914) 323-5422