Research Guides

CUNY History Research Guide

CUNY Digital History Archive

Historical Board of Trustees Meeting Documents

Documents for upcoming and recent meetings of the Board of Trustees are located on the CUNY website.

Manual of General Policy

The Manual of General Policy is a reference manual of policies that govern the University.

About this guide

This guide provides an introduction to researching the history of The City University of New York. Use the menu tabs above to locate resources on specific sub-topics. Are we missing something? Suggestions are welcome; contact Roxanne Shirazi with additions.

The University provides a brief overview history on its website that provides a good starting point for those new to the institution.

General Histories

Other Publications

Brier, Stephen. “Why the History of CUNY Matters: Using the CUNY Digital History Archive to Teach CUNY’s Past.” Radical Teacher 108, no. 1 (May 31, 2017): 28–35.
Gordon, Sheila C. “The Transformation of the City University of New York, 1945-1970.” Ph.D. Diss., Columbia University, 1975. Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global.
Zeemont, Anna, "“The Act of the Paper”: Literacy, Racial Capitalism, and Student Protest in the 1990s." Ph.D. Diss., CUNY Graduate Center, 2022.