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Committee on Committees

 Collection — Box: 1, Folder: 1
Identifier: BC06-12

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection contains a 1968 proposal for Creation of College Council and College Committees.


  • Creation: 1968


This collection has no restrictions. This collection is located on-site.

Publication Rights

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

Reproduction Restrictions

Reproductions may be made for research purposes.

Historical Summary

In 1967, a Barnard student named Nancy Gertner, then the undergraduate president, proposed a radical change to the College: an all-College government based on a system of student-faculty committees. (Barnard Bulletin, April 8, 1987). While this all-College government plan was never fully realized, it set into motion large campus upheavals in the following years. The goal was to make sure student voices were heard while making decisions about the College that affected them. The Committee on Committees was formed in 1968 to work out a new structure for the all-college government, which would involve three constituencies. This was the precursor for a system of tripartite committees overseeing different areas of the College and composed of students, faculty, and administrative staff.(Reorientation, 1970, page 23). As of the writing of this finding aid in April 2024, the current status of this committee is unknown.


.01 Linear Feet (1 folder)




This collection consists of materials from The Committee on Committees.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.

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 source and date of acquisition is unknown.


Additions are not expected.

Related Collections

The President's Office collection, BC05.22, includes many committee materials and supporting documentation.

Processing History

In April 2024, Olivia Newsome moved this collection from BC06.01, to the current collection BC06.12 to highlight this long-standing committee. Olivia Newsome also updated the finding aid at this time.

A Guide to The Committee on Committees records
Olivia Newsome
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Barnard Archives and Special Collections Repository

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