Alice P. Green Papers, 1960-2001
- This collection contains records of the activities of Dr. Alice P. Green from her days as a student of criminal justice at the University at Albany, SUNY, through her career as founder and executive director of the Center for Law and Justice in Albany.
- 1.89 cubic ft.
- English .
- Preferred citation:
- Preferred citation for this material is as follows: and Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Alice P. Green Papers, 1960-2001. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Green Papers).
Access and Use
- Conditions Governing Access:
Access to this record group is unrestricted.
The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
- Scope and Content:
The collection is particularly strong in following Alice Green's appearances in the media in the 1980s and 1990s. The media references not only follow Dr. Green's professional career, but also highlight her activities as a fervent protestor and activist for the rights of prisoners, in attempts to repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws and as a member of a police watchdog group in Albany. Her speeches and writings further serve to support her stance on these and other issues of the time. All news clippings have been photocopied onto acid-free paper for preservation purposes.
The collection follows the progress of the book Law Never Here: A Social History of African American Responses to Issues of Crime and Justice, which Dr. Green co-wrote with Dr. Frankie Bailey, from the initial proposals and outlines through its reviews and appearances in catalogs.
The collection also contains information on Dr. Green's bid for Lieutenant Governor on the Green Party ticket in New York State in 1998. While Alice Green's role in the 1998 election is the central focus of this series, it also provides information on the Green Party, their opponents in the election, and information about Dr. Green's running mate, Al "Grandpa" Lewis, who is best known for his role as Grandpa Munster on the 1960s television series, The Munsters. The only non-paper items in the collection are found in the Campaign Materials series, in the form of campaign buttons and a key chain.
While the correspondence series is not particularly large, it is here that letters of interest are found from Secretary of State, New York Senator, and former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, former mayor of Albany, New York, Thomas Whalen III, and comedian Richard Pryor.
There is a small amount of information present concerning her personal and family life, particularly relating to her husband, Charles Touhey, her son, John Green, and her hobby as an amateur runner. Among these items is Johnnie Cochran's autograph on a menu from a dinner of the One Hundred Black Men of Albany, New York.
The collection is lacking in information about Dr. Green's early career. There is very little about her education, her early days in the Albany chapter of the NAACP and her time as executive director of the Trinity Institution. The correspondence series is rather sparse, as well.
The M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives also holds the manuscript collection of the Center for Law and Justice (APAP-072), founded by Dr. Green in 1985. This collection provides valuable information about Dr. Green's work with the center. The Department's holdings also include issues of the South End Scene or Scene from July 1978 through July 1985 on microfilm. The microfilm is available for use in the Department. A manuscript collection for the NAACP, Albany Branch (APAP-074) is also available at the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.
- Biographical / Historical:
Dr. Alice P. Green is known for her work as a criminal justice activist in New York State. Alice Green grew up a member of one of the few African American families in the small Adirondack mining town of Witherbee, New York. Her early experiences as an outsider in a predominantly European American, Catholic community had a profound affect on the woman she would become.
Dr. Green earned a BA in Social Science Education followed by an MA in Secondary Education of Social Sciences and English from the University at Albany, SUNY in 1967. As a teacher, she found herself becoming increasingly interested in her students' home lives and problems, which led to her earning a Master of Social Work from the University at Albany, SUNY in 1973. In 1979, she received an MA in Criminal Justice and she earned her PhD from the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany in 1983.
Dr. Green founded the Center for Law and Justice in 1985. The Center for Law and Justice is a non-profit community organization that monitors criminal justice activities, provides legal assistance and criminal justice advocacy, organizes efforts to change social policy and empowers poor people and people of color. Dr. Green is currently the Executive Director of The Center for Law and Justice.
Prior to the creation of The Center for Law and Justice, Dr. Green was Legislative Director for the New York Civil Liberties Union. Governor Mario Cuomo appointed her to the Citizens Policy and Complaint Review Council of the New York State Commission on Corrections in 1985. In 1986, Governor Cuomo appointed her to the position of Deputy Commissioner for the New York State Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives.
From 1975 through 1979, Dr. Green served as the Executive Director of Trinity Institution, a youth and family services center in Albany's South End neighborhood. During her time as director, she founded the South End Scene in 1977, one of the longest-running African American newspapers in Albany.
In 1998, Dr. Green was running mate to Al "Grandpa" Lewis on the Green Party ticket for Lieutenant Governor of New York State. Her platform as a Green Party candidate was marked by her personal, progressive approach to criminal justice. This includes protesting the death penalty and life without parole prison sentences as well as encouraging law enforcement to make white-collar crime its number one priority. While unsuccessful in gaining the governorship, the Greens achieved their goal of receiving over 50,000 votes, which gave the party ballot status.
In 1999, Dr. Green co-authored a book with Dr. Frankie Bailey, Law Never Here: A Social History of African American Responses to Issues of Crime and Justice. She has also published numerous articles and essays in journals throughout her career as a critic of and activist for change in the criminal justice system.
Dr. Green lives with her husband, Charles Touhey, in Albany, New York. She has two grown children. She has been honored with numerous awards for her efforts to bring change to the criminal justice system and to people of color in New York State. These include distinguished Alumna Award from the Rockefeller College, University at Albany; Service Award from the Albany Chapter of the NAACP; Woman of the Year Award from the YWCA; the Founder's Award and Community Service Award from the Scene Newspaper; the Community Service Award from the Albany Social Justice Center; Tile Service Award from the Israel AME Church in Albany; Shaker and Mover Award from the National Organization for Women; Black Solidarity Award from Prisoners of Auburn; Distinguished Service Award from the Prisoners of Green Haven; New York State Bar Association Public Service Medal; Victor A. Lord Courage of Convictions Award; Certificate of Recognition from the Lifers' Committee, Shawangunk Correctional Facility and the Community Service Award from the Walls Temple AME Zion Church.
- Acquisition information:
All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by Dr. Alice Green in May 2002.
The collection is organized into the following series:
Series 1 - Publicity, 1965-2001 Series 2 - Writings and Publications, 1976-2001 Series 3 - Speeches and Appearances, 1983-2001 Series 4 - Correspondence, 1960-2001 Series 5 - Campaign Materials, 1998 Series 6 - Personal Ephemera, circa 1960-2000
Series 1, 3, and 4 are arranged chronologically; Series 5 and 6 are arranged by subject. Series 2 is arranged by subject with the exception of subseries 2, which is arranged chronologically.
- Processing information:
Processed in 2002 by Rachel M. Donaldson.
- African Americans and Civil Rights Organizations
Social Activists and Public Advocates
Criminal Justice and Prisons
Albany, New York
Crime and race--United States--History.
Discrimination in criminal justice administration United States History
Governors New York (State) Election
Clippings (information artifacts)
- Green, Alice P., 1946-
Lewis, Al, 1923-2006
Bailey, Frankie Y.
Center for Law and Justice
The South End Scene
Greens/Green Party USA
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Albany Branch
New York Civil Liberties Union
- Albany (N.Y.)