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Alice P. Green Papers


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This collection contains records of the activities of Dr. Alice P. Green from her days as a student of criminal justice at the University at Albany, SUNY, through her career as founder and executive director of the Center for Law and Justice in Albany.


Green, Alice P., 1946-
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1.89 cubic ft. (about 1.89 boxes)

Dr. Alice P. Green is known for her work as a criminal justice activist in New York State.[1] Alice Green grew up a member of one of the few African American families in the small Adirondack mining town of Witherbee, New York. Her early experiences as an outsider in a predominantly European American, Catholic community had a profound affect on the woman she would become.[2]

Dr. Green earned a BA in Social Science Education followed by an MA in Secondary Education of Social Sciences and English from the University at Albany, SUNY in 1967. As a teacher, she found herself becoming increasingly interested in her students' home lives and problems, which led to her earning a Master's of Social Work from the University at Albany, SUNY in 1973. In 1979, she received an MA in Criminal Justice and she earned her Ph. D. from the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany in 1983.

Dr. Green founded the Center for Law and Justice in 1985. The Center for Law and Justice is a non-profit community organization that monitors criminal justice activities, provides legal assistance and criminal justice advocacy, organizes efforts to change social policy and empowers poor people and people of color. Dr. Green is currently the Executive Director of The Center for Law and Justice.

Prior to the creation of The Center for Law and Justice, Dr. Green was Legislative Director for the New York Civil Liberties Union. Governor Mario Cuomo appointed her to the Citizens Policy and Complaint Review Council of the New York State Commission on Corrections in 1985. In 1986, Governor Cuomo appointed her to the position of Deputy Commissioner for the New York State Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives.

From 1975 through 1979, Dr. Green served as the Executive Director of Trinity Institution, a youth and family services center in Albany's South End neighborhood. During her time as director, she founded the South End Scene in 1977, one of the longest-running African American newspapers in Albany.

In 1998, Dr. Green was running mate to Al "Grandpa" Lewis on the Green Party ticket for Lieutenant Governor of New York State. Her platform as a Green Party candidate was marked by her personal progressive approach to criminal justice. This includes protesting the death penalty and life without parole prison sentences as well as encouraging law enforcement to make white-collar crime its number one priority.[3] While unsuccessful in gaining the governorship, the Greens achieved their goal of receiving over 50,000 votes, which gave the party ballot status.

In 1999, Dr. Green co-authored a book with Dr. Frankie Bailey, Law Never Here: A Social History of African American Responses to Issues of Crime and Justice. She has also published numerous articles and essays in journals throughout her career as a critic of and activist for change in the criminal justice system.

Dr. Green lives with her husband, Charles Touhey, in Albany, New York. She has two grown children. She has been honored with numerous awards for her efforts to bring change to the criminal justice system and to people of color in New York State. These include distinguished Alumna Award from the Rockefeller College, University at Albany; Service Award from the Albany Chapter of the NAACP; Woman of the Year Award from the YWCA; the Founder's Award and Community Service Award from the Scene Newspaper; the Community Service Award from the Albany Social Justice Center; Tile Service Award from the Israel AME Church in Albany; Shaker and Mover Award from the National Organization for Women; Black Solidarity Award from Prisoners of Auburn; Distinguished Service Award from the Prisoners of Green Haven; New York State Bar Association Public Service Medal; Victor A. Lord Courage of Convictions Award; Certificate of Recognition from the Lifers' Committee, Shawangunk Correctional Facility and the Community Service Award from the Walls Temple AME Zion Church.

The collection is particularly strong in following Alice Green's appearances in the media in the 1980s and 1990s. The media references not only follow Dr. Green's professional career, but also highlight her activities as a fervent protestor and activist for the rights of prisoners, in attempts to repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws and as a member of a police watchdog group in Albany. Her speeches and writings further serve to support her stance on these and other issues of the time. All news clippings have been photocopied onto acid-free paper for preservation purposes.

The collection follows the progress of the book Law Never Here: A Social History of African American Responses to Issues of Crime and Justice, which Dr. Green co-wrote with Dr. Frankie Bailey, from the initial proposals and outlines through its reviews and appearances in catalogs.

The collection also contains information on Dr. Green's bid for Lieutenant Governor on the Green Party ticket in New York State in 1998. While Alice Green's role in the 1998 election is the central focus of this series, it also provides information on the Green Party, their opponents in the election, and information about Dr. Green's running mate, Al "Grandpa" Lewis, who is best known for his role as Grandpa Munster on the 1960s television series, The Munsters. The only non-paper items in the collection are found in the Campaign Materials series, in the form of campaign buttons and a key chain.

While the correspondence series is not particularly large, it is here that letters of interest are found from Secretary of State, New York Senator, and former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, former mayor of Albany, New York, Thomas Whalen III, and comedian Richard Pryor.

There is a small amount of information present concerning her personal and family life, particularly relating to her husband, Charles Touhey, her son, John Green, and her hobby as an amateur runner. Among these items is Johnnie Cochran's autograph on a menu from a dinner of the One Hundred Black Men of Albany, New York.

The collection is lacking in information about Dr. Green's early career. There is very little about her education, her early days in the Albany chapter of the NAACP and her time as executive director of the Trinity Institution. The correspondence series is rather sparse, as well.

The M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives also holds the manuscript collection of the Center for Law and Justice (APAP-072), founded by Dr. Green in 1985. This collection provides valuable information about Dr. Green's work with the center. The Department's holdings also include issues of the South End Scene or Scene from July 1978 through July 1985 on microfilm. The microfilm is available for use in the Department. A manuscript collection for the NAACP, Albany Branch (APAP-074) is also available at the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.

The collection is organized into the following series:

Series 1, 3, and 4 are arranged chronologically; Series 5 and 6 are arranged by subject. Series 2 is arranged by subject with the exception of subseries 2, which is arranged chronologically.

All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by Dr. Alice Green in May 2002.

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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Alice P. Green Papers, 1960-2001. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as [shortened name]).

Contents of Collection

Quantity: 0.49 cubic ft. (about 0.49 boxes)

Arranged chronologically.

This series is made up almost entirely of news clippings with reference to Dr. Green. Loose clippings have been photocopied onto acid-free paper for preservation, while shorter newsletters have been kept in their entirety. The collection begins sparsely in the mid-1960s and becomes increasingly dense as Dr. Green furthers her career and becomes better known in the Capital District. While the collection covers a wide variety of newspaper mentions about Dr. Green and her actions, highlights include her role as chair of the NAACP's Legal Redress Committee, during which she became involved in high-profile murder and race relations cases in 1984 and 1985; her part as a founder and member of a police watchdog group in Albany from 1986 through 1990; and her much-publicized protests at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events hosted by Governor Pataki from 1995 through 1999. As a high-profile criminologist in Albany, Dr. Green is often consulted on justice and civil liberties issues as they touch the Capital District. Some of the news clippings do not mention Dr. Green directly but are related to issues and activities she was directly involved in. The series also contains certificates and awards granted to Dr. Green and the programs and announcements that accompanied these honors. The oversized box contains a folder of materials from this series.



1 1News Clippings1965, 1969


1 2News Clippings1979


1 3News Clippings1981


1 4News Clippings1982


1 5News Clippings1983


1 6News Clippings1984


1 7News ClippingsJanuary-June 1985


1 8News ClippingsJuly-December 1985


1 9News ClippingsJanuary-June 1986


1 10News ClippingsJuly-December 1986


1 11News Clippings1987


1 12News Clippings1988


1 13News Clippings1989


1 14News Clippings1990


1 15News Clippings1991


1 16News Clippings1992


1 17News Clippings1993


1 18News Clippings1994


1 19News Clippings1995


1 20News ClippingsJanuary-June 1996


1 21News ClippingsJuly-December 1996


1 22News ClippingsJanuary-February 1997


1 23News ClippingsMarch-December 1997


1 24News ClippingsJanuary-June 1998


1 25News ClippingsJuly-December 1998


1 26News ClippingsJanuary-June 1999


1 27News ClippingsJuly-December 1999


1 28News ClippingsJanuary-June 2000


1 29News ClippingsJuly-December 2000


2 1News ClippingsJanuary-March 2001


2 2News ClippingsApril-December 2001


2 3Certificates and Awards1981-2001


2 4Honors and Awards Programsca. 1980, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989


2 5Honors and Awards Programs1990, 1994-1995, 1998-99


2 6Honors and Awards Programs2000-2001


Oversized 1Color copy of Middletown, NYTimes Herald Record featuring a photograph of Alice GreenMarch 7, 1995


Oversized 1Albany Times Union Supplement "100 Women of Excellence"June 14, 2000
Quantity: 0.58 cubic ft. (about 0.58 boxes)

Arranged by subject.

This series consists of both published and unpublished writings of Dr. Green. The series includes many handwritten notes and outlines, particularly in reference to Law Never Here.

Quantity: 0.22 cubic ft. (about 0.22 boxes)

Arranged by subject.

This sub-series consists of material surrounding the publication of the book Law Never Here: A Social History of African American Responses to Issues of Crime and Justice, which Dr. Green co-wrote with Dr. Frankie Bailey, published in 1999. The series includes publishing information, materials used in the writing of the book, publicity materials and finally, book reviews and mentions of the book.



2 7Proposalca. 1994


2 8Contract1995


2 9Prospectusca. 1995


2 10Notes and Outlines1994-1997


2 11Research Materials1995-1998


2 12Publishing Information1995-1998


2 13Catalogs1998, 1999


2 14Publishers' Copies Letters1994-1999


2 15Promotional Appearances1999-2001


2 16Promotional Materials1995-2000


2 17Book Reviews1999, 2000


2 18Mentions1996, 1997


2 19Royalties Statement1999


2 20Other Collaborations with Dr. Frankie Bailey1996, 1997, 2000
Quantity: 0.2 cubic ft. (about 0.2 boxes)

Arranged chronologically.

This sub-series contains issues of The South End Scene, a newspaper Dr. Green founded in 1976 as Executive Director of the Trinity Institution in Albany. Alice Green's writing, most often in the form of editorials, is found throughout these newspapers. The first available issue, dated 1976, is in newsletter form.This sub-series does not represent the entirety of The South End Scene. These are original copies. There are photocopies of each issue in the collection available for use by researchers in addition to microfilm for issues published between July 1978 and July 1985 in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives Microforms Collection.



3 1Vol. 1 No. 3, Newsletter1976


3 2Vol. 1 No. 1, (3 copies)November 1977


3 3Vol. 1 No. 2December 1977


3 4Vol. 2 No. 1, (3 copies)January 1978


3 5Vol. 2 No. 2, (2 copies)February 1978


3 6Vol. 2 No. 3, (2 copies)March 1978


3 7Vol. 2 No. 5, (2 copies)May 1978


3 8Vol. 2 No. 6June 1978


3 9Vol. 2 No. 7July 1978


3 10Vol. 2 No. 8, (2 copies)August 1978


3 11Vol. 2 No. 8 (sic)September 1978


3 12Vol. 2 No. 10, (2 copies)October 1978


3 13Vol. 2 No. 11October 1978


3 14Vol. 2 No. 12)December 1978


3 15Vol. 3 No. 1, (2 copies)January 1979


3 16Vol. 3 No. 2, (3 copies)February 1979


3 17Vol. 3 No. 2 (sic), (3 copies)March 1979


3 18Vol. 3 No. 4, (2 copies)April 1979


3 19Vol. 3 No. 5, (3 copies)May 1979


3 20Vol. 3 No. 5 (sic)July 1979


3 21Vol. 3 No. 5 (sic), (2 copies)August 1979


3 22Vol. 3 No. 9, (2 copies)September 1979


3 23Vol. 3 No. 10, (2 copies)October 1979


3 24Vol. 3 No. 12, (2 copies)December 1979


3 25Vol. 5 (sic) No. 1, (2 copies)January 1980


3 26Vol. 4 No. 1February 1980


3 27Vol. 5 No. 2February 1981


3 28Vol. 10 No. 5May 1986


3 29Vol. 15 No. 10October 1991


3 30Vol. 15 No. 11November 1991
Quantity: 0.16 cubic ft. (about 0.16 boxes)

Arranged by subject.



4 1News Clippings1981-1987, 1989


4 2News Clippings1991, 1992, 1994-1999


4 3News Clippings2000, 2001


4 4Journal Writings1989, 1993, 1998


4 5"Case Studies on the Impact of Separation Due to Incarceration on Black Families"1983


4 6Personal Narratives by Dr. GreenUndated


4 7Miscellaneous Writings1988, 1990, Undated
Quantity: 0.31 cubic ft. (about 0.31 boxes)

Arranged chronologically.

This series consists of both the programs and advertisements for appearances by Alice Green, as well as the text and notes of the speeches she gave at some of these events. The speeches are unpublished and many of the notes and outlines are handwritten, and therefore, it is difficult to determine the date or event at which they may have been delivered. The series includes one audio cassette of the address Dr. Green delivered at the Albany Academy's 1985 commencement. Alice Green's son, John A. Green, was a graduate of this class. A folder in the oversized box contains posters for events at which Dr. Green spoke.



4 8Speeches and Appearances1983-1986, 1989


4 9Albany Academy Commencement Speech Program and Audio Cassette1985


4 10Speeches and Appearances1990, 1994, 1995


4 11Speeches and Appearances1996


4 12Speeches and Appearances1997


4 13Speeches and Appearances1998


4 14Speeches and Appearances1999


5 1Speeches and Appearances2000


5 2Speeches and Appearances2001


5 3Speeches and AppearancesUndated


Oversized 1Posters for Events1987, 1989, 1995, 2000
Quantity: 0.13 cubic ft. (about 0.13 boxes)

Arranged chronologically.

This series consists of both personal and professional correspondence. The majority of the correspondence was received by Dr. Green, although there are a few copies of outgoing letters. Highlights of this series include a letter from former Albany mayor, Thomas M. Whalen, III (1987), a letter from Richard Pryor concerning the Center for Law and Justice (1995) and a note from Hillary Rodham Clinton thanking Dr. Green for an inscribed copy of Law Never Here (1999). A folder in the oversized box contains correspondence with attached legal-sized documents and cards made out of construction paper.



5 4Correspondence1960, 1977


5 5Correspondence1980-1985


5 6Correspondence1986-1989


5 7Correspondence1990-1997


5 8Correspondence1998


5 9Correspondence1999


5 10Correspondence2000-2001


5 11CorrespondenceUndated


Oversized 1Letter from Former Mayor of Albany Thomas M. Whalen III1986


Oversized 1Letter from Virgia B. Phoenix1991


Oversized 1Construction Paper Cards1998
Quantity: 0.27 cubic ft. (about 0.27 boxes)

Arranged by subject.

This series consists of items relating to Alice Green's 1998 Green Party candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of New York State. The series contains documents relating to the Green Party, including newsletters, party platforms, Internet message board postings and media releases. It also includes items from the campaign trail, such as publicity materials in the form of fliers and posters, speech notes and the script of a radio advertisement. One campaign leaflet has been autographed by Alice Green's running mate, Al "Grandpa" Lewis. There are a few post-election items, including the results of the election. All news clippings in this series have been photocopied onto acid-free paper for preservation purposes. The oversized box contains a folder for this series that holds a voter's guide; Green Party newsletter and vote canvassing papers. Also in the oversized box is an envelope containing non-paper campaign materials, such as buttons and nametags.



6 1Position Papers1998


6 2Green Party Platform and Papers1998


6 3Strategies1998


6 4Media Releases1998


6 5Campaign Speeches and Notes1998


6 6Publicity Materials1998


6 7Friends of Alice Green1998


6 8State Board of Elections Papers1998


6 9Scripts1998


6 10Schedules1998


6 11News Clippings1998


6 12Voters Guides1998


6 13Opponents1998


6 14Election Results1998


6 15Green Party Newsletters1998, 1999


6 16Green Party Message Board Postings and E-Mail1998, 1999


6 17Post-Election Publicity1998-1999


Oversized 1Voter's Guide, Green Party Newsletters, Vote Canvassing Papers, Campaign Buttons, Key Chain1998
Quantity: 0.11 cubic ft. (about 0.11 boxes)

Arranged by subject.

This series consists of various papers ranging from a few items concerning Alice Green's role in the NAACP's Albany branch and as founder and Executive Director for the Center of Law and Justice, but the majority of the series is relating to her life with her family, including a collection of mentions of her son John A. Green's accomplishments. Highlights of this series include a photograph of Alice Green from the 1960s, race results and other items relating to her running hobby, and Johnnie Cochran's autograph on a menu from a dinner of the One Hundred Black Men of Albany, New York.



6 18Business Cards and Resumeca. 1985


6 19Center for Law and Justiceca. 1991


6 20NAACP1986-1987


6 21Family Items1984, 1985, 1987, 1993, 1998, 2000, Undated


6 22Alice Green, Photographca. 1960


6 23Johnnie Cochran, Autograph1998


6 24Racing Items1981, 1988, 1995-2000