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Baruch’s School of Public Affairs Launches
Academic Competition Tied to Its Municipal Archives Collection

-- Interactive Website Now Online, Featuring Never Before Seen Materials from New York’s 1975 Fiscal Crisis --

BARUCH COLLEGE, NEW YORK, NY -- In celebration of the recent creation of its unique Archive on Municipal Finance and Leadership, Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs has announced an annual two-tiered competition for research papers focusing on the city’s financial crisis of the 1970s.

The archive, the only one of its kind, comprises materials from that fiscal crisis, including documents and papers from the Municipal Assistance Corporation; from Jack Bigel’s private collection of papers, reports, and video footage; and other material donated by private individuals who were involved in the resolution of the crisis.

These materials are available to researchers at the Newman Library in Baruch’s Information and Technology Building at 151 East 25th Street. They are also fully searchable and retrievable in electronic form on the School of Public Affairs Municipal Archive website:

Senior researchers, faculty members, and PhD candidates will make up Tier 1 of the competition, with up to three papers being selected for top honors and $5000 prizes.

Undergraduate and Masters-level students will constitute a second group, with prizes of $1500 being awarded to the top three submissions in that category.

Participants are expected to focus their essays on three main themes: municipal finance, individual leadership, and coalition-building, including the roles of unions, business, government, and other key groups. No submissions will be returned; and winning papers will become a part of the archive and available to later researchers.

The School of Public Affairs is also constructing a portal that will eventually link all documents relating to the financial crisis, including those housed by the New York City municipal archive. Because the documents are not currently available online in their entirety, competitors are encouraged to explore the materials in the Archive on Municipal Finance and Leadership, as well as such other sources as they discover.

In order to be eligible for the competition, Tier 1 participants are expected to submit a three- to four-page research proposal and bibliography by January 31, 2004. Tier 2 competitors are expected to submit their full papers no later than April 1. 2004. The submission of proposals and final papers should be in electronic form--either on a floppy disk, ZIP (IOMEGA) cartridge or via e-mail, as well as a hardcopy accompanied by the release form and cover sheets. Mail should be sent to the CMFL, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College – Box C-305, One Bernard Baruch Way, New York, NY 10010; e-mail submissions to

Winning papers will be retained by the School of Public Affairs, Baruch College/CUNY and will become part of the resource materials available through the Archive on Municipal Finance and Leadership. Cover sheets and release forms that must accompany submissions can be downloaded from the School of Public Affairs website

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