Oral history interview with Grayson L. Kirk, 1985-1991


Kirk, Grayson L. (Grayson Louis), 1903-1997 (Interviewee)
Olinger, Chauncey G (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Grayson L. Kirk, 1985-1991
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Oral history interview with Grayson Louis Kirk, 1985-1991
Family history; Childhood: Jeffersonville, Ohio; Miami (Ohio) University: 1919-1924, BA 1924; Clark University: MA 1925; instructor, South Park Junior College: 1925-1927; PhD work: University of Wisconsin (UW), Madison, 1927-1930; PhD work: Ecole Libre des Sciences Politiques, Paris, 1928-1929; PhD University of Wisconsin: 1930; Assistant Professor, UW: 1930-1936; post-doctorate work, London School of Economics: 1936-1937; Assistant Professor, UW: 1937-1940; Professor Columbia University (CU): 1940-1997; Council on Foreign Affairs: 1940; Head of U.S. Security Section, Division of Special Research: 1942; member of secretarial staff, Dumbarton Oaks Conference: 1944; San Francisco Conference: 1945; Administration, Graduate School of Political Science: 1945; development of School for International Affairs: 1945-1946; CU Provost: 1949-1951; Unofficial Acting CU President: 1950; CU President: January 1953- September 1968; CU Bicentennial Celebration: 1954; Board member, IBM; Board member, Mobil Oil: 1950-1973; comments on past CU presidents; campus labor issues, unions; fundraising; budget concerns; trustees and university administration, evolution and roles of; McCarthyism and university policy; housing and dormitories; community relations; construction on campus; Eisenhower's presidential campaign; affirmative action; alumni relations; student movement of the '60's; Vietnam War and the draft; student uprising of 1968 and planning of, fundraising for gymnasium; university relations with the City of New York; reflections on career, colleagues, family, travel, future of CU
Collection Name
Individual interviews oral history collection
College presidents--New York (State); Student-administrator relationships--New York (State); Kirk, Grayson L. (Grayson Louis), 1903-1997; Columbia University Presidents; Columbia University; Columbia University Student strike, 1968; United Nations History
oral histories; sound recordings
Note (Biographical)
Columbia University President
Interviewed by Chauncey G. Olinger, Jr. in 26 sessions between May 1985 and March 19, 1991 in New York, New York
Note (Provenance)
Gift of Grayson L. Kirk
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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