Shirley Chisholm Project Goes Online

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York announced yesterday the online launch of the Shirley Chisholm Project of Brooklyn Women’s Activism: 1945 to the Present. Shirley Chisholm, if you don’t remember, was the first African-American woman to be elected to Congress. You can learn more about her at Wikipedia, but the address for the new Brooklyn College project is

This site includes information about the Brooklyn College archive and oral history collection materials related to Chisholm, resources for teaching about Shirley Chisholm, link lists for Chisholm and and women’s history in general, and what’s essentially an FAQ. (And a call for contributions — the site is soliciting memorabilia contributions for its archive.) The site has a blog and presences on Twitter and Facebook.

Unfortunately there’s not a lot of the archive stuff online; I was looking forward to the Jim Pitts Collection, which contains materials from Shirley Chisholm’s 1972 run for President. It would also be great if this project takes the opportunity to aggregate other materials to related to Chisholm into its collection. (For example, the 1974 NARA film “Accomplished Women,” which includes Chisholm. It’s available for free at The Internet Archive.)