Columbia University Makes David Dinkins Archive Available to Researchers

dinkinsColumbia University in New York City has announced that the David N. Dinkins Papers and Oral History Project has now been completed and the archives are available to researchers. Dinkins, who is now a professor of public policy at the School of International and Public Affairs, was the 106th mayor and the first and only African American mayor of New York City.

The archives includes 10 hours of oral history interviews with Professor Dinkins as well as speeches, fundraising letters, campaign materials, position papers, and correspondence. There were 91 linear feet of documents in the original hard-copy archive.

A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Dinkins is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C. and the Brooklyn Law School. He served one term as mayor and was defeated in his 1993 reelection bid by Republican Rudy Giuliani. Professor Dinkins in now 88 years old.

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