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American Race Crisis Lecture Series audio recordings

Identifier: NS-07-02-04

Scope and Contents

The audio recordings and transcripts in this collection document lectures from a fifteen-week series on the race crisis in the United States, held in the spring of 1964 at the New School and organized by New School professor Daniel S. Anthony. The recorded speakers include Charles Abrams, Algernon D. Black, Dan W. Dodson, Milton A. Galamison, Martin Luther King, Jr., Louis Lomax, Melvin Tumin, Robert C. Weaver, and Roy Wilkins.

Open to the general public, the lectures were held in the New School auditorium at 66 West 12th Street in Greenwich Village. Topics discussed range from the impact of school integration, housing discrimination, affirmative action, the growing Black separatist movement, and motivations for racial prejudice. Dr. King opened the conference, and the recording of his talk consists only of the question and answer session following his address.


  • 1964



10 Analog Recordings

Language of Materials

All recordings and associated transcripts are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use. Researchers must use digital access copies. Access to audio reels is restricted for reasons of preservation.

Conditions Governing Use

To publish all or part of any recording or transcription from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact:

Historical Note

On September 1, 1963, at the height of the American civil rights movement, Daniel S. Anthony, a psychologist and instructor at the New School, sent a letter to William Birenbaum, dean of the New School for Social Research:

"I was somewhat shocked to find so few courses in the 1963 Bulletin relating directly to the current Negro Revolt taking place in America. In the hope that this omission might be corrected by the Spring semester, I am suggesting herewith what I feel could be a very exciting offering."

Anthony (born 1912), who was soon given the go-ahead to organize and moderate the American Race Crisis lecture series, had a background in addressing issues of racial discrimination and prejudice. He was a Ford Foundation fellow at the Urban Studies Center at Rutgers University and had served as executive director of the Mayor's Commission on Group Relations (later renamed the Newark Human Rights Commission) in Newark, New Jersey.

In February, 1964, Anthony’s challenge to Birenbaum was realized. The American Race Crisis, a fifteen-week course of lectures open to the public brought the nation’s leading civil rights leaders to the New School.

In the year following the series, great strides were made toward publishing the lectures in book form. For reasons not yet fully understood, the book was never published.


Organized chronologically according to date of recording.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The reels were transferred from the Raymond Fogelman Library following the establishment of the New School Archives. The digital file for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech was shared by the Amherst College Archives & Special Collections in 2016.

Related Materials

Administrative files documenting the organization and promotion of the lecture series, as well as the book project launched afterwards, will be found in the New School Adult Division Dean's Office records (NS.02.01.01) and the New School Publicity Office records (NS.03.01.05). The papers of the series organizer, Daniel Sutherland Anthony, will be found at the Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center, Newark Public Library. The original reel-to-reel recording of Martin Luther King, Jr's speech is in the collection of the Amherst College Archives & Special Collections.

Guide to the American Race Crisis Lecture Series audio recordings
New School Archives and Special Collections Staff
May 18, 2017
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