While processing the business records portion of the Morris Milgram Papers I found numerous references to Milgram’s expulsion from CUNY (City College, City University of New York). But that’s all I had seen so far; vague references and comments about how the event was not only revealing of his political compromise in his early years but also a crucial point of departure. After this episode he transferred to Newark University (today part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey), graduated, was recruited by the Workers Defense League, and eventually embarked in a trailblazing career as developer of integrated housing. However, once I started arranging his personal and family papers I found many documents about his activism and participation on CUNY’s Student Council. Among these we have several items he kept on the famous incident that provoked his dismissal from CUNY. I’ll let the documents tell the story.
All images are part of the Morris Milgram Papers (#2167). This collection is currently being processed and a finding aid will be available by the end of Fall 2o11. Thanks to HSP Staff member Ashley Harper for the English translation of the message to the Italian students.