Bibliography of Committee Materials

Committee Formation and Basic Documents

  1. Yale University Office of the President. “Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming: Charge.”
  2. Salovey, Peter.  “Campus Update: Committee to Establish Principles on Renaming.” August 1, 2016.
  3. Salovey, Peter, and Tamar Gendler. E-mail message to Faculty in the Arts and Sciences. August 1, 2016.
  4. Yale mission statements and President Salovey’s “Goals for the University”
  5. Adair, Robert K. The Report of the Committee to Study Freedom of Expression at Yale, 1989. New Haven: Yale University, 1989.
  6. Committee on Freedom of Expression at Yale. “Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression at Yale.” December 23, 1974.

History and Theory of Renaming

  1. Azaryahu, Maoz. “Renaming the past in Post-Nazi Germany: Insights into the Politics of Street Naming in Mannheim and Potsdam.” Cultural Geographies 19, no. 3 (2012): 385-400.
  2. Blight, David W. “The Memory Boom: Why and Why Now?” In Memory in Mind and Culture, edited by Pascal Boyer and James V. Wertsch, 239-251.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  3. Brophy, Alfred L. “The Law and Morality of Building Renaming.” South Texas Law Review 52.1 (2010): 37-67.
  4. Chaudhuri, Amit. “The Real Meaning of Rhodes Must Fall.” The Guardian, March 16, 2016.
  5. Foote, Kenneth E. and Maoz Azaryahu.  “Toward a Geography of Memory: Geographical Dimensions of Public Memory and Commemoration.” Journal of Political and Military Sociology 35, No.1 (2007): 125-144.
  6. Greenberg, David. “The Renaming Craze.” Politico, December 2015.
  7. Occidental College. “Randall Kennedy’s 2016 Commencement Address.” May 15, 2016.
  8. Levinson, Sanford. Written in Stone: Public Monuments in Changing Societies, 23-25. North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1998.   
  9. Winks, Robin W. “A Place for Liberty Monument.” The Times-Picayune (New Orleans), August 17, 1992. 

Renamings at Other Universities and Other Places

In the United States

  1. Aycock Hall:  Duke, Eastern Carolina University, and the University of North Carolina
  2. Berkeley: Barrows Hall, LeConte Hall
  3. Brown University:  Slavery Report (Intro)
  4. Clemson University: Tillman Hall
  5. Georgetown: Mulledy Hall, McSherry Hall
  6. Harvard Law School: HLS Shield
  7. Lebanon Valley College:  Lynch Hall Center
  8. National Park System:  Coon Lake
  9. Princeton University:  Woodrow Wilson
  10. Stanford University:  Junipero Serra
  11. University of Maryland:  Byrd Hall
  12. University of North Carolina:  Ruffin Hall, Saunders Hall
  13. University of Oregon:  Deady Hall, Dunn Hall
  14. University of Southern California:  Von KleinSmid Center
  15. University of Texas:  Simkins Hall
  16. Other:

Around the World

  1. Australia:  University of Melbourne
  2. England:  Oriel College, University of Oxford
  3. South Africa:
  4. India:  Marathawada University
    • Mishra, Ambarish. “Renaming Marathwada Varsity: Dalit Leader on Fast-unto-death.” The Times of India, August 22, 1993.
    • Staff Reporter. “Varsity Renaming Row Resulting in 3 Deaths: State Assembly.” The Times of India (1861-current); March 23, 1994.

John C. Calhoun: The Man and the Legacy

  1. Bartlett, Irving H. and John C. Calhoun.  A Biography. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1993.
  2. Belko, William S. “John C. Calhoun and the Creation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs: An Essay on Political Rivalry, Ideology, and Policymaking in the Early Republic.” South Carolina Historical Magazine, 105 (2004).
  3. Blassingame, John W. The Frederick Douglass Papers: Series One: Speeches, Debates, and Interviews, edited by Richard G. Carlson and Clarence L. Mohr, Julie S. Jones, John R. McKivigan, David R. Roediger, and Jason H. Silverman, 2, 1847-54, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1851.  
  4. Bowes, John P.  Exiles and Pioneers: Eastern Indians in the Trans-Mississippi West. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  5. Calhoun, John C.  A Disquisition on Government and a Discourse on the Constitution and Government of the United States, edited by Richard K. Kralle.  Columbia, SC:  A. S. Johnston, 1851.
  6. Coit, Margaret L. and John C. Calhoun.  American Portrait. Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1950.  
  7. Douglass, Frederick.  “The Address of Southern Delegates in Congress to Their Constituents; or, the address of John C. Calhoun and Forty Other Thieves.” The North Starr, February 9,1849.   
  8. Ford, Lacy K. “Republican Ideology in a Slave Society: The Political Economy of John C. Calhoun.”  The Journal of Southern History, Vo., 54, No.3 (1988): 405-424.
  9. Freehling, William W. Prelude to Civil War: The Nullification Controversy in South Carolina, 1816-1836.  New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1966.   
  10. Genovese, Eugene D. The Southern Tradition: The Achievements and Limitations of American Conservativism. Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1994.
  11. Hofstadter, Richard. “John C. Calhoun: The Marx of the Master Class.” In The American Political Tradition And the Men Who Made It, 86-471.  New York: Vintage Books, 1948.
  12. Karp, Matthew. This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy. Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2016.
  13. Kateb, George. “The Majority Principle: Calhoun and His Antecedents.” Political Science Quarterly, 84 (1969).
  14. Niven, John.  John C. Calhoun and the Price of Union. Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press, 1988. 
  15. O’Brian, Michael. Conjectures of Order: Intellectual Life and the American South, 1810-1860. 2 vols, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.   
  16. Stephens, Kyle.  “To the Indian Removal Act, 1814-1830.”  PhD diss., University of Tennessee, 2013.
  17. Wikipedia.  “List of Places Named for John C. Calhoun.”

The Origins of the Calhoun Name at Yale

  1. Angell, James Rowland. “Alumni University Day: President Angell’s Address.” The Yale Alumni Weekly, 1931. [View images via Dropbox]
  2. Angell, James Rowland to Edward S. Harkness, February 8, 1930. Provost’s Office, Yale University, Records Concerning the Establishment of the Residential College System (RU 38). Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University.
  3. Corwin, Robert Nelson to W.E.B. DuBois, May 21, 1931. James Rowland Angell, President of Yale University, Records (RU 24, “Negroes at Yale”). Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University. [View PDF file]
  4. Rabb, Chris, David Diaz, and Katherine McCarron. “Calhoun Manifesto 1992.” Plaque presented on May 25, 1992 as a gift to Calhoun College by members of the Class of 1992.
  5. Stokes, Anson Phelps to Carl A. Lohman, February 7, 1931.  Secretary’s Office, Yale University, Records (RU 49). Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University. [View images via Dropbox]
  6. Williams, R. Owen. “Honoring the Dishonorable: Calhoun College at Yale University.” Lecture presented at Yale University, The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition Brown Bag Lunch Series, New Haven, CT, 2005/2006.
  7. Yale University Corporation.  Yale University Corporation and Prudential Committee Minutes, May 9, 1931 (RU 307). Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University. [View images via Dropbox]
  8. Yale University President’s Office.  Minutes of the Education Policy Committee, February 6, 1931, and May 8, 1931.  James Rowland Angell, President of Yale University, Records (RU 24). Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University. [View images for minutes of February 6, 1931, and May 8, 1931, via Dropbox]

The Calhoun Naming Controversy at Yale

  1. Prior Discontents at Yale
  2. Addresses by President Salovey and Dean Holloway
  3. April 27 Decision on Calhoun
  4. Reactions to Calhoun Decision


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