Lawrence M. Libow was born on May 23, 1949. Libow graduated from James Madison High School (Brooklyn NY) in June 1967. Libow would graduate from Springfield College with a B.S. in August 1971. Frustrated with policies and administration at SC, Libow was deeply involved in trying to change the school. He helped found a club known as the Resistance Unity, and Brotherhood, wrote a newspaper column called “On The Left” and a photographer for the Springfield College student newspaper, The Student, was an elected member of the Student Council, representing Alumni Hall, a member of the SC Outing Club, and participated in the protests and building takeovers during 1969 and 1970 to push for changes at the college, specifically, but not limited to, Black Student rights. A Physical Education major, he received Advanced Standing in that major before changing his major to Community Leadership and Development.
Materials in the collection include reports, printed materials, correspondence, notes, memos, and photographs collected by or created by Larry Libow during his time at Springfield College regarding the Black Student protests and racial tensions at Springfield College from 1969-1971. This includes original/signed demands and statements on the occupying of the Administration Building and the Rationale for the Black Student Demands. There are also several documents written by the student committees and student task forces, as well as documents written by faculty and administration. Special printed documents include a couple issues of the 1968 student newspaper "The Goat" and a manuscript called "The Liberator: a disinformation manual."