Brooklyn College Places Shirley Chisholm Archives Online

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York has launched the online Shirley Chisholm Project, which provides access to the largest digital archive of materials on the nation’s first African-American woman congressional representative. She was also the first woman and first African American to mount a serious campaign for the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States. Chisholm was a 1946 graduate of Brooklyn College and held a master’s degree in elementary education from Columbia University. After serving in Congress from 1968 to 1983, Chisholm held the Purington Chair at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

The Chisholm archives at Brooklyn College include campaign materials, platform statements, position papers, and a vast array of audio- and video-clips. In the future, the online project will expand to cover the history of political activism by women in Brooklyn from 1945 to the present time.

Readers who want to access the archive can do so by clicking here.