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Holt, Brandon D.
Brandon D. Holt Collection of Oral History Interviews on Black Student Activism at Princeton
Princeton University Archives
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As part of his senior thesis Brandon D. Holt, Class of 2015, conducted a series of oral history interviews detailing black student activism. The collection consists of the transcripts from eight interviews with black alumni from the classes of 1969-1981.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of eight transcripts of Holt's interviews with black alumni from the classes of 1969-1981. The interviews address the formation of campus activist groups including the Association of Black Collegians and the People's Front for the Liberation of Southern Africa. Furthermore, the interviews provide details about the organization of campus demonstrations in the 1960s and '70s including the takeover of the New South building, sit-ins at Nassau Hall and Firestone Library, and various other demonstrations.

Collection Creator Biography:

Holt, Brandon D.

Brandon D. Holt is a member of the Princeton undergraduate class of 2015 who undertook an oral history project on black student activism as part of his senior thesis. Entitled "Power in Resistance a History of Black Student Protest at Princeton, 1967-1978", it features interviews with prominent members of the Association of Black Collegians and other activists groups. Holt received a Bachelor of Arts in History and a certificate in African American Studies.

Collection History


The collection was transferred to the University Archives in March of 2015.


No materials were separated from the collection at the time of accessioning.

Processing Information

University staff and the collection creator edited transcripts for clarity.

This collection was processed by Rossy M. Mendez in August 2015 .Finding aid written by Rossy M. Mendez in August 2015.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Original audio files exist but are restricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. The Trustees of Princeton University hold copyright to all materials generated by Princeton University employees in the course of their work. For instances beyond Fair Use, if copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers do not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with use of materials from the Princeton University Archives.

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

This collection consists of PDF files. Researchers are responsible for meeting the technical requirements needed to access these materials, including any and all hardware and software.

Credit this material:

Brandon D. Holt Collection of Oral History Interviews on Black Student Activism at Princeton; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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