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Divest Barnard

Identifier: BC37-35

Collection Scope and Contents Summary

This collection consists of administrative and publicity materials related to the founding of Divest Barnard and organizing actions at Barnard from 2014-2017. The collection also contains materials from the Goldman Sachs Investment Management Division, New York City Civic Engagement Program - Extendend Barnard Reach Out, the Beloved Community Center, the Presidential Task Force to Examine Divestment, and publications on climate change and fossil fuel divestment. The collection also contains archived versions of Divest Barnard's public website and Facebook page.


  • Creation: 2010 - 2017
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 2015 - 2017



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.

Reproduction Restrictions

Reproductions can be made for research purposes.

Historical Background

Divest Barnard is an organization actively working to encourage the Barnard College administration to divest its endowment from fossil fuel companies. Divest Barnard was founded in 2014 and held its first meeting on February 20, 2015. In December of 2015, the Barnard Board of Trustees voted to establish the Presidential Task Force to Examine Divestment on which Divest Barnard sits. In April 2016, students from both Barnard and Columbia occupied the office of Columbia University President Lee Bollinger calling for divestment of the Columbia University endowment from fossil fuel companies. Divest Barnard is placed within a long history of activism at Barnard including prior divestment movements such as the Apartheid divestment movement in the 1980s and the current prison divestment movement. Divest Barnard seeks to bring awareness to not only the investment in fossil fuel companies but also the injustices faced by marginalized women, which are exacerbated by climate change.


0.43 Linear Feet (2 websites 1 full hollinger box)




This collection consists of materials from Divest Barnard, an activist group currently active at Barnard College.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged in the order in which it was received.

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 The archived websites in this collection are publicly accessible with full-text search capabilities through the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Archive-It page,

Acquisition Information

Donation from Evelyn Mayo, 2016. Permission to crawl and capture website and Facebook page granted by Evelyn Mayo, 2016. Initial crawl of website and Facebook page captured in April, 2016.

Donation from Kristen Akey, 2018.


Additions are expected. Web crawls of the Divest Barnard public website and Facebook page began in April, 2016 and will be conducted on a continuing basis.

Related Collections

Materials related to other student groups, including statements of support for Divest Barnard, may be found in our web archive collections through the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Archive-It account, Materials related to other divestment movements at Barnard throughout the college's history can be found in BC12.1: Mortarboard, BC12.3: Barnard Bulletin, and BC12.11: Black Heights.

Processing History

This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Charlotte Kostelic in May 2016 and reprocessed and revised by Zakiya Collier in November 2018. Descriptive Rules Used: Finding aid adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard. Finding aid written in English

Guide to the Divest Barnard Collection
Charlotte Kostelic and Zakiya Collier
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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