Ruth Simms Hamilton Collection
UA.17.269

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Hamilton, Ruth Simms
Title
Ruth Simms Hamilton collection
ID
UA.17.269
Date [inclusive]
1968-1982
Extent
2.4 Cubic feet
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Ruth Simms Hamilton was born in 1937 in Savannah, Georgia. She received her B.A. in Sociology in 1958 from Talladega College and her M.A. (1962) and Ph.D. (1966) in Sociology from Northwestern University.

Prior to coming to Michigan State University, Hamilton worked as a Social Worker for the City of Savannah, Georgia and taught at Iowa State University. She arrived at MSU in 1968 as a visiting professor in the Department of Sociology and African Studies Center. The following year she was appointed assistant professor. She was promoted to professor of Sociology and of Urban Affairs in 2002.

Hamilton was a core faculty member in the African Studies Center, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Center for Advanced Study of International Development. She served as the Assistant Director of the Center for Urban Affairs and Ethnic studies. Hamilton was also the director of the African Diaspora Research project from 1987 until her death. In 2000, she was awarded the A. Wade Smith Award for Outstanding Teaching, Mentoring and Service by the Association of Black Sociologists. He received the Ralph M. Smuckler Award for Advancing International Studies and Program at MSU in 1995.

Hamilton died on November 10, 2003.

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Scope and Contents note

The Ruth Simms Hamilton papers consist of subject files and research materials on African American issues, including civil rights and affirmative action at MSU and other universities. The collection includes case studies of MSU conflicts and protests, newspaper clippings, files about other countries, files about university programs, and papers written by Hamilton and others.

Also included are files about MSU student organizations which include Akers Black Caucus, Associated Black Students of Sociology, Black Brothers of Emmons, Black Brothers of Shaw, Black Liberation Front, Black Caucus, Black Med Students, Black Pre-Med (WAGANGA), Black Sisters of Rather, Black Student Alliance, Black Students of Engineering, Black United Front, Coalition of Black Athletes, Minority Pre Law, Pan African Students Organization of the Americas, United Blacks of Wonders Hall, and Office of Black Affairs. The collection retains the original subject divisions assigned by Hamilton.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections  November 2008

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. Black Faculty, Staff and Administrators Association.
  • Michigan State University. Department of Sociology.
  • Michigan State University. Students. Societies, etc.
  • Michigan State University. Students.
  • Michigan State University. Women.

Genre(s)

  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Course materials
  • Manuscripts
  • Memorandums
  • Newsletters
  • Publications
  • Reports

Geographic Name(s)

  • Africa

Subject(s)

  • Affirmative action programs -- United States
  • African American athletes -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • African American college students -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • African American college students -- Societies, etc.
  • African Americans -- Civil rights
  • African Americans -- Education (Higher)
  • Minorities -- Education (Higher) -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Race relations
  • Race relations -- Case studies
  • State universities and colleges -- United States
  • Student movements
  • Student movements -- Michigan
  • Student protesters -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Universities and colleges -- Faculty
  • Universities and colleges -- Michigan
  • Universities and colleges -- Michigan -- East Lansing
  • Universities and colleges -- United States
  • Universities and colleges, Black

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Collection Inventory

Black Issues - General MSU 

Box Folder

Black Affairs Media Proposal 

2359 1

Black Aides 

2359 2

MSU Black/Cultural Center 

2359 3

Black Faculty Teach-In 

2359 4

Black Women 

2359 5

Committee for Change 

2359 6

Cultural Programs (Black) 

2359 7

MSU-Area Minority Job Opportunities 

2359 8

Black Heritage - MSU Pan African Unity 

2359 9

Lifestyles of Black Students at MSU 

2359 10

Sports - Black at MSU 

2359 11

Blk [Black] Symposia 

2359 12

Technology Art of the Black Community, Symposia 

2359 13

Viewpoints/Problems 

2359 14

MSU - Student Activism 

2359 15

Phase I Black Student Reunification 

2359 16

Miss Black MSU 

2359 17

"Gang Rape" 1982 

2359 18

Conflicts – Case Studies – MSU 

Box Folder

The Africa Addio Incident 

2359 19

"Africa Addio" (Movie) 

2359 20

African Studies Center 

2359 21

Athletic Interviews 

2359 22

Bank Protest – East Lansing 

2359 23

Basketball Walkout January 1975 

2359 24

Beechwood Incident 

2359 25

Black Athletic Boycott – MSU 1968 

2359 26

Blk [Black] Athletes' Boycott 

2359 27

Black Athlete Incidents 1972 

Box Folder

U. Minn [University of Minnesota vs. OSU [Ohio State University] Basketball incidents Reactions at MSU (Taylor - Behagen) 

2359 28a

Athletes' Demands 1972 

2359 28b

Green, Gunnings, McMillian, Charges to the Big Ten 

2359 28c

Black Coalition Council (Sam Riddle) Basketball Boycott February 26, 1972 

2359 28d
Box Folder

Blk [Black] Moratorium (Huey Newton Appearance) 

2359 29

Bus Incidents #1 

2359 30

Bus Incident #2 

2359 31

Butterfield Hall 

2359 32

Cheerleading Incident 

2359 33

Conflict Chronology – MSU 

2359 34

Conrad Hall Incident 1972 

2359 35

Committee to End Police Aggression 

2359 36

Misc. [Miscellaneous] Dormitory Incidents 

2359 37

Holden Hall Incident 

2359 38

Hubbard Hall - RA Incident 

2359 39

Interviews 

2359 40

McDonel Culture Room 

2359 41

School of Nursing 1975 

2359 42

Phillips Hall 

2359 43

Phillips Hall 

2359 44

Price, Stan 

2359 45

Sam Riddle – Dept. [Department] of Public Safety Conflict 1972 

2359 46

Rout, Leslie/Martin, Tony 

2359 47

Spring Strike 1970 – MSU 

2359 48

Viewpoints 

2359 49

The Wilson Hall Incident 

2359 50

Wilson Hall Incident 

2359 51

Black Students/KKK [Klu Klux Klan] February 1976 

2359 52

Black Students 1979 

2359 53

Black Organizations [MSU] 

Box Folder

Akers Black Caucus 

2359 54

Associated Black Students of Sociology 

2359 55

Black Affairs (Office of) 

2359 56

Black Brothers of Emmons 

2359 57

Black Caucus 

2359 60

Black Brothers of Shaw (BBS) 

2359 58

Black Liberation Front, Intro 

2359 59

Black Med Students 

2359 61

Black Pre-Med (WAGANGA) 

2359 62

Black Sisters of Rather (BSR) 

2359 63

BSA – Michigan State Black Student Alliance 

2359 64

Black Students of Engineering (BSE) 

2359 65

BUF – Black United Front 

2359 66

BUF [Black United Front] Newsletter 

2359 67

Coalition of Black Athletes 

2359 68

Fraternities and Sororities 

2359 69

Grapevine Journal 

2359 70

Minority Pre Law 

2359 71

Office of Black Affairs 

2359 72

Pan African Students Organization of the Americas (PASDA) 

2359 73

United Blacks of Wonders (UBW) 

2359 74

Univ. [University] Personnel 

Box Folder

Black Leadership M.S.U. 

2359 75

Ellison, Nolen 

2359 76

Gunnings, Dr. Thomas 

2359 77

Green, Robert 

2359 78

President Wharton 

2359 79

CUA [Center for Urban Affairs] 1970-1971 

2359 80

CUA [Center for Urban Affairs] Guide for Minority Students 

2359 81

Univ. [University] Programs 

Box Folder

Affirmative Action 

2359 82

Counseling 

2359 83

Developmental Programs 

2359 84

Dialogue 

2359 85

E.O.P. [Equal Opportunity Programs] 

2359 86

Ombudsman 

2359 87

TAC [Tutorial Assistance in Chemistry] 

2359 88

Tutorials 

2359 89

Upward Bound 

2359 90

Office of Financial Aids 

2359 91

University College Courses 

2359 92

Minority Advisory Council 

2359 93

Newspaper Clippings 

Box Folder

Wilson Hall Newspapers 

2359 94

[No Subject Division] 

Box Folder

Minority Council 

2360 1

Minority Advisory Council 

2360 2

Black Faculty and Administrators 

2360 3

Detroit Geographical Expedition Ruth S. Hamilton 

2360 4a-4b

Black Colleges General 

Box Folder

Black Student Protest 1920s 

2360 5

Hampton Institute Strike 1972 and Other 

2360 6

Black Colleges – General 

2360 7

Jackson State 

2360 8

Mississippi Valley State 

2360 9

Morgan State 

2360 10

Orangeburg – South Carolina State 

2360 11

Southern University 

2360 12

Tuskegee Study of Students Questionnaires 

2360 13

Causes of Protests 

Box Folder

Causes of Protests on Campus 

2360 14

General 

Box Folder

Black Student Protest (General) 

2360 15

Carnegie Commission on Higher Education 

2360 16

(General) College Administrators and Campus Unrest 

2360 17

Financial Problems of Colleges 

2360 18

President's Commission on Campus Unrest 

2360 19

Protest, Dissent, Strikes (Other Univ[University] Locations) 

2360 20

International 

Box Folder

Africa Must Unite 

2360 21

Association of African Univ. [University] 

2360 22

Canada 

2360 23

Ethiopia 

2360 24

African Students in France 

2360 25

Ghana 

2360 26

Ivory Coast 

2360 27

Latin America 

2360 28

Liberia 

2360 29

Nigeria 

2360 30

Pan-African Student Activism 

2360 31

Senegal 

2360 32

South Africa 

2360 33

West Indies 

2360 34

Zaire 

2360 35

Michigan 

Box Folder

High School Conflict and Comments (Mich) [Michigan] 

2360 36

Highland Park College 

2360 37

Northern Mich. Univ. [Michigan University] Black Students 

2360 38

Oakland Univ. [University] 

2360 39

University of Michigan Black Action Movement 

2360 40

Wayne State Univ. [University] 

2360 41

Western Mich. Univ. [University] 

2360 42

Other States 

Box Folder

Univ. [University] of Florida 

2360 43

Fresno State College 

2360 44

Iowa State 

2360 45

Northwestern U. [University] 

2360 46

San Francisco State 

2360 47

Stanford Univ. [University] 

2360 48

West Virginia University 

2360 49

Wisconsin – Univ. [University] of 

2360 50

Papers 

Box Folder

The Blk [Black] Quest for Higher Education 

2360 51

Environment & Education Achievement: Implications for Head Start and Social Change 

2360 52

Bases for Conflict in a Modern University: A Case Study of Oakland University 

2360 53

Extension and Public Service to Minority Groups 1969-1970 

2360 54

Minority Group Participation in the Graduate Programs 

2360 55

Minority Group Students at Predominantly White Universities 

2360 56

Proposal for Undergraduate Certificate in African Studies 

2360 57

State Universities and Black Americans 

2360 58

Student Activism - 1972 (The Chronicle of Higher Education) 

2360 59

Student Protests - 1969 (Summary) (General) 

2360 60

The Admission of Minority Students: A Framework for Action 

2360 61

The Needs of Minority Group Students 

2360 62

The University and Society 

2360 63

Updating Residence Halls 

2360 64

Urban Colleges (Wm. [William] Brazziel) 

2360 65

Reactions to Protests 

Box Folder

Reactions to Protest – Campus 

2360 66

House of Representatives of the State of Michigan 

2360 67

Senate of the State of Michigan 

2360 68

U.S. House of Representatives 

2360 69

Research Outline 

Box Folder

Research Outline 

2360 70

White Student Protest – General 

Box Folder

Environmental Demonstrations 

2360 71

Kent State 

2360 72

Yale – Black Panthers 

2360 73

Student as Nigger 

2360 74

ASC – MSU 1960's [African Studies Center] 

Box Folder

Ad Hoc Committee Reports ASC 

2360 75

American African Affairs Asso. [Association] 

2360 76

Advisory Committee of Social Science 

2360 77

[State News Case Studies in Conflict 1960-1968, reference cards to State News Articles] 

2361 1

Black Athletes Incident Pt. 1 

2361 2

"Hit de Books Baby!" by Roy Sigh 1972 

2361 3

African Studies Assoc. [Association] 

2361 4

CA Council [College Advisory Council] 

2361 5

Miscellaneous 

2361 6

Adejuyigbe, Omolade 

2361 7

Search and Selection 

2361 8

Skinner, Elliott 

2361 9

Student Conf. [Conference] 

2361 10

Habari 

2361 11

Habari Notes 

2361 12