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Community Organizing Archive

Joint project of the University Library and Swearer Center for Public Service. Comprised of archival and manuscript papers of activists (with a focus on Brown alumni) engaged in public service through non-governmental organizations.

Welcome to the Community Organizing Archive (COA)

The Community Organizing Archive comprises archival and manuscript papers of activists and Brown alumni engaged in public service for the betterment of communal life in the United States through non-governmental organizations.  The COA was organized in 2006 by Brown alumni Bob Cohen (1968), Jim Dickson (1968), and
Ken Galdston (1968) as a joint project of the University Library and the Swearer Center for Public Service.

The Brown University Archives and Manuscripts, housed in the John Hay Library, has a long history of collecting material from the University and its alumni, as well as various Rhode Island groups and organizations.  Over the years, we have accumulated material regarding activists and community organizing, including the Rhode Island Feminist Theatre Archive (1973-1984), the records of the Rhode Island Women’s Health Collective (1975-1997), the records of ACT UP Rhode Island (1988-1995), and records of the Brown-Tougaloo Exchange.  Since its inauguration on April 24, 2007, the Community Organizing Archive has grown to encompass several collections.

We are pleased at the prospect of expanding the Community Organizing Archive to document the activities of Brown alumni and others in the field of community organizing and social activism.  All materials in the Community Organizing Archive are accessible at the John Hay Library to students, faculty, and researchers, both now and in the future. 

The Community Organizing Archive is particularly strong in the following subject areas:
civil rights LGBTQ rights
disability rights low income
education poverty
health care public policy
housing transportation
labor rights utilities