Columbia Launches David N. Dinkins Archives, Oral History Project

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Columbia University has launched the David N. Dinkins Archives and Oral History Project, which will include an archive of Dinkins' official and personal papers and correspondence, an oral history of Dinkins' life, political philosophy and policy agenda, and a program initiative documenting the influences of Black political leaders on New York City and the national political arena.

Dinkins, New York City's first Black mayor, was elected in 1989 and lost his re-election bid to Rudolph Giuliani four years later.

The project was announced last month at the eighth annual David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum, sponsored by the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) Center for Urban Research and Policy (CURP). Dinkins has been a professor in the practice of public affairs at SIPA since 1994.

"Columbia is fortunate to have the opportunity to undertake this project in research, education and community outreach," says university President George Rupp. …