apap379
New York State Modern Political Archive
Collection ID: apap379

Vera P. Michelson Papers, 1921-2018

Collection description

Summary

Abstract:
This collection documents the lifelong activism of Albany, N.Y. resident Vera Michelson, especially her work with the Capital District Coalition Against Apartheid and Racism.
Extent:
9.4 cubic ft.
Language:
English .
Preferred citation:
Preferred citation for this material is as follows: and Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Vera P. Michelson Papers, 1921-2018. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Michelson Papers).

Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted with the exception of a small number of files noted at the folder level.

Terms Of Use:

This page may contain links to digital objects. Access to these images and the technical capacity to download them does not imply permission for re-use. Digital objects may be used freely for personal reference use, referred to, or linked to from other web sites.

Researchers do not have permission to publish or disseminate material from these collections without permission from an archivist and/or the copyright holder.

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright. Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) and/or by the copyright or neighboring-rights laws of other nations. More information about U.S. Copyright is provided by the Copyright Office. Additionally, re-use may be restricted by terms of University Libraries gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks.

The Department of Special Collections and Archives is eager to hear from any copyright owners who are not properly identified so that appropriate information may be provided in the future.

Background

Scope and Content:

This collection includes materials related to Vera Michelson's life and work as an activist and organizer in Albany, N.Y. and beyond. The collection documents her organization of the Capital District Coalition Against Apartheid and Racism (CD-CAAR) and work with the Social Justice Center; her national and international work against apartheid; her helping found ROOTS (Re-Entry Opportunities and Orientation Toward Success), a group established by ex-offenders and supporters to mentor the formerly incarcerated; her support of SNUG anti-gun violence; criminal justice reform; and her work with LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) in Albany. Most of the collection includes newspaper articles, correspondence, and meeting minutes related to Michelson's various social activism organizations. The Michelson collection also includes court documents relating to the court cases related to the Springbok Rugby protests in 1982. The collection consists of meeting minutes, notes, reports, clippings, subject files, audio, video, resource materials, posters, banners, and correspondence.

Biographical / Historical:

Vera P. "Mike" Michelson (1945-2019) was a lifelong activist and organizer. Born in Northampton, Mass., she received her bachelor's degree from Russell Sage College and then a Master of Science degree in Education from the University at Albany.

Michelson was an employee of the State of New York for many years at the Oswald D. Heck developmental center. She retired in 2004, previously serving as president of her CSEA (Civil Service Employees Association) Local #445.

In 1981, Michelson helped organize the Capital District Coalition Against Apartheid and Racism (CD-CAAR) which opposed the U.S. tour of the South African Springboks rugby team, including its visit to Albany, N.Y. This led to even greater national and international anti-apartheid work and travel for Michelson who testified before the United Nations and traveled to an African National Congress Conference in Zambia. In Albany and the Capital District, Michelson was involved with many efforts involving social and racial justice. She led CD-CAAR's efforts to stop police brutality; was involved with efforts to reform the criminal justice system; worked to bring LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) to Albany; served as a volunteer administrator for Urban Grief, which supports families and communities traumatized by violence; helped to found ROOTS (Re-Entry Opportunities and Orientation Toward Success), a group established by ex-offenders and supporters to mentor the formerly incarcerated; and was involved with SNUG anti-gun violence initiatives.

Predeceased by her parents, she was survived by her brother and sister-in-law David and Carmen, her niece and nephews and their families.

Acquisition information:

David Michelson, brother of Vera Michelson, donated all materials in this collection to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives in June 2019.

Arrangement:

The Vera P. Michelson Papers are arranged in four series: Biography, Capital District Coalition against Apartheid and Racism (CD-CAAR), Social Activism, and Subject Files. Series 1 is arranged chronologically while Series 2-4 are arranged alphabetically.

Processing information:

Arranged and described by Victoria Waldron in 2020. Finding aid published in 2021.

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Restrictions:
Access to this collection is unrestricted with the exception of a small number of files noted at the folder level.
Terms of Access:
This page may contain links to digital objects. Access to these images and the technical capacity to download them does not imply permission for re-use. Digital objects may be used freely for personal reference use, referred to, or linked to from other web sites., Researchers do not have permission to publish or disseminate material from these collections without permission from an archivist and/or the copyright holder., The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright. Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) and/or by the copyright or neighboring-rights laws of other nations. More information about U.S. Copyright is provided by the Copyright Office. Additionally, re-use may be restricted by terms of University Libraries gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks., and The Department of Special Collections and Archives is eager to hear from any copyright owners who are not properly identified so that appropriate information may be provided in the future.
Preferred citation:
Preferred citation for this material is as follows: and Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Vera P. Michelson Papers, 1921-2018. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Michelson Papers).