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Why We Strike

Identifier: BC12-26

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection contains the publication Why We Strike, which was organized and distributed by the Barnard Strike Coalition, following the National Student Strike of 1970. Why We Strike contains a chronology of events surrounding the strike at Barnard, a poem by then-student Ntozake Shange (nee Paulette Williams) and Barbara Davis, and letters in support from Barnard College faculty, the Third World Coalition, and Barnard Strike members, among others.


  • Creation: 1970 - 1970


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.


0.06 Linear Feet (1 folder.)




This collection consists of the publication, Why We Strike, which was published by the Barnard Strike Coalition and detailed the events of Barnard's participation in the National Student Strike on May 5th, 1970.

Collection Arrangement

Three copies of the bound volume are housed in this collection.

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 Basset, Maggie Astor BC’11, and Caitlin Hamrin BC’12. The finding aid was written by Caitlin Hamrin and Maggie Astor in June 2010. The finding aid was updated by Dinah Handel in January, 2015.

Guide to Why We Strike
Dinah Handel
© 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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