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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


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

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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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