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Overview and metadata sections
Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR) is a student organization that works to empower students to advocate for prison reform on issues such as mass incarceration, educational opportunities for prisoners, solitary confinement, the death penalty and related issues. SPEAR has five committees that work to advance its mission: events, education, research, advocacy, and communications.
The Students for Prison Education and Reform (SPEAR) records consist of documents used by the leadership team of the organization to advance its mission including meeting minutes, planning documents, documents that outline the goals and aspirations of the organization, and materials relating to the organizational structure of the group. The files were created and utilized by SPEAR members in the Google Drive platform; when the files were downloaded by the processing archivist, however, they were converted to Microsoft Word and Excel formats.
The folders are arranged chronologically.
The records were donated by the SPEAR organization in December 2015 (accession number AR.2015.110) as part of the Archiving Student Activism at Princeton (ASAP) initiative. Additional records were donated in April 2016 (accession number AR.2016.037).
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This collection was processed by Lynn Durgin in December 2015. Finding aid created by Lynn Durgin in December 2015 and updated in November 2016.
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44 digital folders
Includes meeting minutes, planning documents, documents that outline the goals and aspirations of the organization, and materials relating to the organizational structure of the group. The files were created and utilized by SPEAR members in the Google Drive platform; when the files were downloaded by the processing archivist, however, they were converted to Microsoft Word and Excel formats.Physical Description
5 digital folders
Includes materials related to outreach, leadership roles and structure, meeting minutes and related documents.Physical Description
5 digital folders
Includes materials relating to full group meetings and leadership team meetings of SPEAR, as well as files related to projects and events.Physical Description
1 digital folder
Includes planning documents related to the development of the organization.Physical Description
18 digital folders
Indcludes materials related to advocacy for solitary confinement issues, the Project Solidarity intitiative (in which Princeton students correspond with prisoners), "Abolish the Box" efforts (relating to criminal history questions on the common application for undergraduate admission), as well as meeting notes, agendas and related materials.Physical Description
10 digital folders
Includes files on advocacy for removing the criminal history questions from the common application for undergraduate admission, documents relating to the 2015 annual conference, documents related to the events committee, meeting agendas and notes, photographs of the Central Park Five discussion, and related documents.Physical Description
5 digital folders
Includes materials related to the Communications Committee, the 2015 annual conference, leadership meetings and related files.Physical Description
Includes files related to event planning, outreach, and governance.Physical Description
Consists of documents that were created and used by leadership team of organization in the Spring of 2016. The files were created as Google docs in the Google Drive platform; when the files were downloaded by the processing archivist, however, they were converted to Microsoft Word and Excel formats.Physical Description
73 digital files
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2 digital files
1 digital file
1 digital file
16 digital files
26 digital files
13 digital files
8 digital files
Deals with private prisons.Physical Description
3 digital files