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Common Ground

Identifier: BC12-15

Collection Scope and Content Summary

Common Ground was an alternative newspaper created for the Barnard and Columbia communities, with the hope of building coalition among progressive or radical student groups on campus. The editorial board included students from the Barnard Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action Network, the Barnard Organization of Black Women, and Lesbian Activists at Barnard, among others. Common Ground's first issue contained editorials on a topics such as Columbia University's ties to the military industrial complex and the ramifications of the Human Life Amendment, as well as a calendar of upcoming activist events, and a listing of progressive student groups and their meeting times and locations.


  • Creation: 1981 - 1981


This collection has no restrictions.

Publication Rights

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections. The Barnard Archives and Special Collections approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Reproductions Restrictions

Photocopies or scans may be made for research purposes.


0.01 Linear Feet (1 folder)




This collection consists of Common Ground, a student publication described as being an alternative newspaper, created in the hopes of building a coalition among progressive Columbia and Barnard student groups.

Collection Arrangement

Items are arranged chronologically in one folder.

Physical Location

This collection is located in the Barnard Archives and Special Collections, Barnard Library. To use this collection, please contact the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at 212.854.4079 or

Acquisition Information

The acquisition date and source is unknown.


No additions are expected.

Processing History

This collection was processed by Marcia Bassett, Maggie Astor BC’11, and Caitlin Hamrin BC’12. Finding aid written by Caitlin Hamrin and Maggie Astor in June 2010. The finding aid was updated by Dinah Handel in December, 2014.

Guide to Common Ground
Dinah Handel
© 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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