Robert Curvin Papers
Scope and Contents
The Curvin Papers consist of biographical materials; correspondence; documents relating to Robert Curvin’s many political, professional, and civic involvements; teaching materials from his honors seminar at Rutgers University-Newark; family and Newark-related photographs; and research, editorial, and publicity files relating to his book, Inside Newark: Decline, Rebellion, and the Search for Transformation (Rutgers University Press, 2014). A few items from the collection, including a copy of Jackie Robinson’s 1958 letter to president Eisenhower and Newark CORE minutes from the early 1960s have been digitized by the Library and are available at digital.npl.org.
- Majority of material found within 1954-2015, some copies of earlier material
- Curvin, Robert (Person)
Conditions Governing Use
Researchers wishing to publish reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.
Biographical / Historical
Born February 23, 1934, Robert Curvin was an activist, author, professor, and longtime Newark
resident. He received both a BA (1960) and an MSW (1967) from Rutgers University and a PhD
in political science from Princeton University (1975). He saw military service in the U.S. Army,
101st Airborne Division. A civil rights activist and leader of the Congress of Racial Equality
(CORE) in the 1960s, he served as chairman of the Newark Chapter and as a member of the
CORE's National Action Coalition. He helped found Newark’s New Community Corporation, an
anti-poverty agency, and was a key figure in the struggle against discrimination in employment in
the construction trades and in numerous other civic and political campaigns.
Curvin taught at Brooklyn College (1974 to1978), at Rutgers, and at the City University of New York. He was also Dean of the New School’s Graduate School of Management (1984-1988), and a Trustee of Princeton University (1977-1981). He was on the editorial board of the New York Times (1978-1983), was head of the Urban Poverty Program (1988-1996) and Vice President of Communications (1996-2000) at the Ford Foundation , a Trustee of the RAND Corporation (from 2001), and served or on the boards of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Broad National Bank, and the Newark History Society. Curvin was co-author of “Blackout Looting: New York City, July 13, 1977” (Gardner Press, 1979) and author of 'Black Ghetto Politics in Newark after World War II,' in Schwartz and Prosser eds., "Cities of the Garden State" (Kendall-Hunt Publ., 1977) and “Inside Newark: Decline, Rebellion, and the Search for Transformation” (Rutgers University Press, 2014).
Robert Curvin died at his home in the Vailsburg section of Newark in September 2015.
2.09 Linear Feet (5 Hollinger boxes)
Language of Materials
This collection consists of papers of historian Robert Curvin.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Robert Curvin upon death, 2015
Audiotaped interviews are catalogued separately and backed up on “Z” (digital)
storage drive include:
Adubato, Stephen, Sr., March 23, 2009
Baraka Amiri (Leroi Jones), May 11, 2009
Berger, Joe Thomas (undated)
Block, Steve, August 18, 2008
Bolden, Marion, March 1, 2011
Booker, Cory, March 2011
Bridgeforth, Maime, January 29, 2010
Brinson, Carl, aka Tiny Prince (undated)
Buck, Gloria, May 30, 2008
Cammarieri, Richard, May 8, 2009
Carroll, Sally, November 11, 2009
Chambers, Walter, April 21, 2010
Doggett, Rebecca, October 17, 2008
Eldridge, Doug, April 12, 2008
Gallenter, Sanford, November 15, 2010
Gibson, Kenneth, March 5, 2009
Goldman, Larry, June 12, 2009
Grover, Warren (undated)
Hamm, Larry, April 12, 2012
Hampton, George (2 interviews, undated)
Heningburg, Gustav, March 12, 2008
Hutchins, Frank , May 5, 2009
Jackson, Kenneth , March 21, 2008
Jaffe, Sandford , December 10, 2008
James, Sharpe (undated)
Jenkins, Gayle Chaneyfield (undated)
Jones, Carol Shannon , April 19, 2010
Kerr, David (undated)
Levin, Marc, October 26, 2009
Linder, William, February 26, 2009
Marsac, Bruce, (undated)
Means, Fred (undated)
Muhammad, Rahaman , February 10, 2011
O'Flaherty, Dan (undated)
Payne, William , October 3, 2008
Pinckney, Theodore , July 13, 2010
Roper, Richard (undated)
Scalera, Nicholas (undated)
Wallace, Carolyn (undated)
Waring Fred and Joan , July 18, 2012
West, Calvin , October 23, 2009
Williams, Junius , May 21, 2008
A Force of Nature: The Story of NDRC and the Fight to Save Our Planet (2010) Adams, John H.; Adams, Patricia; Black, George (with); Redford, Robert (forward)
Seize the Opportunity: Quotations on Change (2001) Applewood Books
Placemaking for Change: 2001 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban ExcellenceBruner Foundation
Land Use Planning, Environmental Protection and Growth Management: The Florida Experience (1997) Catlin, Robert A.
Racial Politics and Urban Planning: Gary, Indiana 1980-1989 (1993) Catlin, Robert A.
Blackout Looting! (1979) Curvin, Robert; Porter, Bruce
Big-City Police: An Urban Institute Study (1979) Fogelson, Robert M.
The History of Development: from Western Origins to Global Faith (1999)George, Susan
Report for Action (1968) Governer's Select Commision on Civil Disorder in the State of NJ
Ill-Equipped: U.S. Prisons and Offenders with Mental Illness (2003) Human Rights Watch
The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama (2009) Ifill, Gwen
Cities of the Garden State: Essays in the Urban and Suburban History of New Jersey Joel Schwartz (ed.); Prosser, Daniel (ed.)
Our Town: Race, Housing, and the Soul of Suburbia (1997) Karp, David L.; Dwyer, John P; Rosenthal, Larry A.
Making Progress Towards Graduation: Evidence from the Talent Development High School Model (2005) Kemple, James J.; Gerlihy, Corinne M.; Smith, Thomas J.
Chicago Divided: The Making of Black Mayor (1985) Kleppner, Paul
63 Alfred street: Where Capitalism Failed (2010) Kossik, John
Defying the Odds: Triumphant Black Women of Newark (2005) Kukla, Barbara
Making Room: The Economics of Homelessness (1998) O'Flaherty, Brendan
A Failure of Capitalism: the Crisis of '08 and the Descent into Depression (2009)` Posner, Richard A.
Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics and Big Business Re-Create Race in the 21st Century (2011) Roberts, Dorothy
America's Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York (2010) Roberts, Sam (ed.)
Color-Blind: The rise of post-racial politics and the retreat from racial equity (2010) Wise, Tim
A Summons to Life: Meditaing Structures and the Prevention of Youth Crime (1981) Woodsen, Robert L.
- African Americans -- New Jersey -- Newark
- Civil rights -- New Jersey -- Newark
- Congress of Racial Equality (Newark, N.J.)
- Curvin, Robert
- Education -- New Jersey -- Newark
- Letters (correspondence)
- Minutes (administrative records)
- Newark (N.J.) -- History -- 20th century
- Newark (N.J.) -- Politics and government -- 20th century
- Papers (documents)
- Race relations -- New Jersey -- Newark
- Social action -- New Jersey -- Newark
- Gail Malmgreen
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- Code for undetermined script
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