Harry Gove Papers

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Harry Gove papers
Creator: Gove, H. E. (Harry Edmund), 1922-
Call Number: D.337
Dates: 1955-1971, 1985-1986 [bulk]
Physical Description: 7 Linear Feet
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Processing Information
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Separated Materials
Content List
Series I: Activism, 1965-1971
Series II: Career and leisure activities, 1955-1971
Series III: Publications and news clippings collected by Gove, 1966-1971, 1985-1986
Collection Overview
Title: Harry Gove papers
Creator: Gove, H. E. (Harry Edmund), 1922-
Call Number: D.337
Dates: 1955-1971, 1985-1986 [bulk]
Physical Description: 7 Linear Feet
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Harry Edmund Gove was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, on 22 May 1922. From 1944 to 1945, he served as a lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Navy. He went on to earn his doctorate in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1950. For seven years he was the branch head of nuclear physics at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited in Chalk River, Ontario. In 1963, he became a professor of physics at the University of Rochester where he also served as director of the Nuclear Structure Research Laboratory until 1988. In 1992, he became professor emeritus of physics at the University. Gove eventually moved back to Canada, continuing his work as an adjunct professor of physics at the University of Toronto in 1997.

Gove was renowned in the field of physics for his work in carbon dating using accelerator mass spectrometry. Most notably, he helped to carbon date the Shroud of Turin. In 1996 Gove published a book on the process that he and his colleagues used for the project called Relic, Icon, or Hoax: Carbon Dating the Turin Shroud. (1996). His second book, From Hiroshima to the Iceman. (1998), discusses the process of carbon dating other historical artifacts.

Outside of his academic pursuits, Gove was an energetic advocate for social justice and civil rights. A year after the Rochester riots of July 1964, African-American community leaders including Minister Franklin Florence organized FIGHT. Choosing a name that stood for "Freedom, Integration, God, Honor, Today" (the "I" was changed in 1967 to stand for "Independence"), this activist organization aimed to address Rochester's de facto segregation and the social problems that resulted from it. FIGHT (referred to in the finding aid by this acronym) aimed to improve African Americans' opportunities for economic success in Rochester, develop urban neighborhoods, improve education, and inspire political activism and community involvement among African Americans in the city. Gove was a dedicated member of Friends of FIGHT, a separate organization developed by concerned whites in order to show their support for FIGHT. The unclear role that Friends of FIGHT had as a supporting group to FIGHT led to the creation of a new group in late 1968. This organization, called Metro-Act, aimed to advance social justice and racial equality within the city of Rochester and Monroe County, as well as nationally. As president of Metro-Act, Gove served as liaison between Metro-Act, FIGHT, the Community Chest of Rochester (now the United Way), and other activist groups as well as local government.

Gove was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Penfield, New York, and was involved in the Penfield Human Relations Council, among other groups. He was a member of the Friends of the University of Rochester Libraries and served on the Friends Executive Committee as chair of the Faculty and Staff Membership Committee in 1999. In addition, he was a patron of the arts, particularly of film, and he enjoyed travelling and gardening.

Gove died on 18 February 2009.

Scope and Content
The Harry Gove Papers include three series: Activism; Career and Leisure Activities; and Publications and Clippings Collected by Gove. The first series, Activism (1965-1971), consists primarily of Friends of FIGHT and Metro-Act materials such as meeting minutes and information about initiatives. This series also includes Gove's own notes from his involvement. The second series, Career and Leisure Activities (1955-1971), includes a limited number of notes and tests from Gove's work as a professor at the University of Rochester as well as records of events at the University, some of which relate to activism. It also contains materials from Gove's leisure activities in Rochester, Canada, and abroad. The third series, Publications and Clippings Collected by Gove, consists largely of news clippings from the late 1960s and early 1970s, including those Gove assembled into two scrapbooks. A larger scrapbook includes news articles related to FIGHT and Metro-Act from 1969-1971. The pages of a smaller scrapbook include news articles on police action in Rochester during the summer of 1970.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Rochester
African Americans--Civil rights
Physicists
Minutes (Records)
Newspaper clippings
Gove, H. E. (Harry Edmund), 1922-
University of Rochester -- Faculty
Freedom, Integration, God, Honor, Today (Organization)
Metro-Act of Rochester, Inc.
Human rights workers
Processing Information
This collection was processed by Megan Wilson in 2015. Additional work on the collection was completed by Emma Morgan in 2015.Immediate Source of Acquisition
Harry Gove donated his papers to Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation on 3 May 2005.Access
The Harry Gove papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Harry Gove papers, D.337, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterSeparated Materials
The following publications were removed and are available as cataloged materials:

Publications relating to activism:

Crusader's Press, circa 1970-1971

Fighton Today, circa 1969

Metro Logue, July 1969-15 July 1971

University of Rochester publications:

Annual Report, Strong Memorial Hospital, 1 July 1968-30 June 1969

Dedication of Nuclear Structure Research Laboratory, University of Rochester, 1 June 1967

Rochester Review, summer 1969

University of Rochester Library Bulletin, fall 1967

University Record, September 1969, July/August 1970, July/August 1971

UR Journal, 8 January 1970

Where Is the University of Rochester?, circa 1970


Administrative Information
Author: Megan Wilson (Class of 2015)
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
URL:

Finding aid publication date: 2015
Content List
Series I: Activism, 1965-1971
Box 1, Folder 1Friends of FIGHT, circa 1965-December 1967
Selected materials include proposed by-laws, application information, resolutions, and meeting information, as well as information about negotiations between Fight and Kodak over the latter's hiring practices.

Box 1, Folder 2Friends of FIGHT, FIGHT, and Kodak, 1966-1967
Box 1, Folder 3Friends of FIGHT: education, 1967-1968
Box 1, Folder 4Friends of FIGHT: housing and jobs, 1967-1968
Box 1, Folder 5Friends of FIGHT: housing, 1968
This folder contains Governing Urban Areas: Strengthening Local Government through Regionalism; the 1968 Report of the Joint Legislative Committee on Metropolitan and Regional Areas Study to the Governor and the Legislature of the State of New York, 3 March 1968.

Box 1, Folder 6Friends of FIGHT and Black Feather Fund, April-June 1968
Box 1, Folder 7Friends of FIGHT: Fighton Day, January 1969, circa 1969
This folder includes the publication Fighton Today. Gove donated two copies of this publications; the second copy has been cataloged.

Box 1, Folder 8Friends of FIGHT: minutes and notes, November 1967-May 1968
Box 1, Folder 9Friends of FIGHT: development as a group, January-May 1968
Box 1, Folder 10Friends of FIGHT and grape boycott: beginnings, September-November 1968
Box 2, Folder 1Friends of FIGHT: minutes and proposal of new organization, June-3 November 1968
Box 2, Folder 2Metro-Act: beginnings, 14 November 1968-March 1969
Box 2, Folder 3Metro-Act: beginnings, April-May 1969
Box 2, Folder 4Metro-Act: membership and notes by Gove, circa 1968-1969
Box 2, Folder 5Metro-Act and Catholic Interracial Council (CIC), November 1968
Box 2, Folder 6Metro-Act and grape boycott, January-April 1969
Box 2, Folder 7Metro-Act and grape boycott, May-June 1969
Box 2, Folder 8Metro-Act and grape boycott, July-October 1969
Box 2, Folder 9Metro-Act and grape boycott, November 1969
Box 2, Folder 10Metro-Act and grape boycott, December 1969-June 1970
Box 3, Folder 1Metro-Act: minutes and notes, June-December 1969
Box 3, Folder 2Metro-Act convention, policy, and issues report, April 1970
Box 3, Folder 3Metro-Act: general membership meeting minutes and notes, December 1969-May 1970
Box 3, Folder 4Metro-Act Executive Council meeting minutes, June 1969-March 1970
Box 3, Folder 5Metro-Act Executive Council meeting mintues, April-December 1970
Box 3, Folder 6Metro-Act Executive Council meeting minutes, January-April 1971
Box 3, Folder 7Metro-Act: housing, circa 1969-1971
Box 3, Folder 8Metro-Act, "Model Cities," and urban planning, circa 1969
Box 3, Folder 9Metro-Act: finances, November 1969-July 1970
Box 3, Folder 10Metro-Act: school breakfast and lunch programs, August-November 1970
Box 4, Folder 1Metro-Act: request for changes to Rochester Community Chest, February-October 1969
Box 4, Folder 2Metro-Act: request for changes to Rochester Community Chest, October 1969-April 1970
Box 4, Folder 3Metro-Act: request for changes to Rochester Community Chest, March-July 1970, undated
Box 4, Folder 4Metro-Act, Rochester Community Chest, and Council of Social Agencies of Rochester and Monroe County, June-December 1970
Box 4, Folder 5Metro-Act, Rochester Community Chest, and The People's Fund, November 1970-February 1971
Box 4, Folder 6Metro-Act and Rochester Community Chest, February-July 1971
Box 4, Folder 7Metro-Act and Rochester Community Chest, circa 1970
Included is a poster for the Red Feather Fund/The United Way.

Box 4, Folder 8Metro-Act: convention, policies, and notes, June 1971
Box 4, Folder 9Metro-Act: community health initiatives, circa 1970
Box 5, Folder 1Metro-Act: community health initiatives, March-August 1971
Box 5, Folder 2Metro-Act: education, September-December 1969
Box 5, Folder 3Metro-Act: education, March-December 1970
Box 5, Folder 4Metro-Act: education, January-October 1971, undated
Box 5, Folder 5Metro-Act: war, peace, and national taxes, circa 1968-1970, undated
Box 5, Folder 6Metro-Act: war, peace, and national taxes, circa 1969-1970, undated
Box 5, Folder 7Metro-Act and "Concerned Youth," the war, and the 1970 Presidential election, 1970-1971
Box 5, Folder 8Metro-Act: Flower City Conspiracy, Don Prange, and dissention, August-December 1970
Box 5, Folder 9Metro-Act: national priorities committee, February-June 1971
Box 6, Folder 1Metro-Act: civil liberties and police brutality, October 1970-August 1971
Box 6, Folder 2Metro-Act: Rochester and Monroe County taxes, April 1970-June 1971
Box 6, Folder 3Metro-Act: Aquinas Stadium and taxes, January 1971
Box 6, Folder 4Metro-Act: local environment, 1970-1971
Box 6, Folder 5Metro-Act: finances, October-December 1970
Box 6, Folder 6Metro-Act: establishing a "free press", January 1970-April 1971
Box 6, Folder 7Metro-Act: religious communities and ministry with Technocrats, April 1970-February 1971
Box 6, Folder 8Metro-Act and the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 1968-1971
Box 6, Folder 9Metro-Act: Crusader Press materials, January 1970-July 1971
Box 6, Folder 10Metro-Act: press statements and talks by Gove, December 1969-May 1971
Box 7, Folder 1Metro-Act, 1970-1971, undated
Selected materials include community goals, an address given by Viola Brown on Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, unlabeled notes by Gove, pamphlets, and articles.

Box 7, Folder 2Metro-Act: notes by Gove, undated
Box 7, Folder 3Metro-Act: policies and information, annotated by Gove, undated
Box 7, Folder 4Metro-Act: addresses and instructions, undated
Box 7, Folder 5Metro-Act and Urban Arts Center, undated
Box 7, Folder 6FIGHT, World Trade Council, and City Club of Rochester materials and correspondence, circa 1969-1971
Selected materials in this folder include a Democrat and Chronicle article on FIGHT's president (26 July 1970); a FIGHT meeting agenda (7 October 1969); an invitation to a testimonial dinner and dance hosted by FIGHT (22 May 1971); an invitation letter to a World Trade Council meeting (17 March 1971); an invitation letter to a breakfast hosted by the City Club (30 March 1971); and a City Club of Rochester lecture series program (1970-1971).

Box 7, Folder 7New Democratic Party and Democratic Action Committee, circa 1968-1969
Box 7, Folder 8New Democratic Party and Democratic Action Committee, January 1970-March 1971
Box 7, Folder 9Penfield Human Relations Council and planning committee, circa 1968
Box 7, Folder 10Penfield Human Relations Council and planning committee, circa 1969
Box 7, Folder 11Penfield Human Relations Council and planning committee, circa 1970
Box 7, Folder 12Penfield Action for a Creative Tomorrow (PACT), circa 1971
Box 8, Folder 1Town of Penfield-related publications, circa 1966-1970
Box 8, Folder 2Wyoma Best and David Branch campaign materials for Rochester Board of Education, June 1970
Box 8, Folder 3Materials and course syllabi for "Black Studies," Instructor Bernard Gifford, circa 1969
Series II: Career and leisure activities, 1955-1971
Box 8, Folder 4University of Rochester materials, 1968
Box 8, Folder 5University of Rochester materials, 1969-1971
Box 8, Folder 6Letter from United States Representative Frank Horton and University of Rochester physics notes and exams, circa 1969, circa 1971
Box 8, Folder 7Ballet School Association, 1970-1971
Box 8, Folder 8Rochester Civic Music Association, circa 1969
Box 8, Folder 9News articles related to Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and Gove's work in physics, circa 1961
Box 8, Folder 10News articles and photographs sent to Gove by Canadian Film Institute, May 1955
These materials were originally in a large envelope, but for preservation purposes were removed. The front of the envelope has been photocopied and included.

Box 8, Folder 11News articles from North Renfrew Times about town of Deep River, Canada; science; and education, circa 1958-1959
Box 8, Folder 12The Globe and Mail: news articles about modern art, circa 1961
Box 8, Folder 13Travel materials: Australia, February 1968
Box 8, Folder 14Travel materials: Jamaica, January 1969
Box 8, Folder 15Junior Faculteeners, Diana and Polly Gove, circa 1969
Diana and Polly are Gove's daughters.

Box 8, Folder 16Correspondence with Look magazine, 1968, undated
Box 9, Folder 1Cosmos Club: letters and announcements, 1968-1970
Series III: Publications and news clippings collected by Gove, 1966-1971, 1985-1986
Box 9, Folder 2New Yorker issues, 3 January 1970, 7 February 1970, 14 March 1970
Gove has noted articles of interest on the covers of these issues.

Box 9, Folder 3New York Times Magazine and New Yorker issues, 17 November 1968, 21 June 1969, 28 June 1969
Gove has noted on the covers of these New Yorker issues that they contain articles about Cesar Chavez.

Box 10, Folder 1Newspaper clippings, June-December 1968
Box 10, Folder 2Newspaper clippings, March-April 1969
Box 10, Folder 3Newspaper clippings, May-June 1969
Box 10, Folder 4Newspaper clippings, July-August 1969
Box 10, Folder 5Newspaper clippings, September-October 1969
Box 10, Folder 6Newspaper clippings, November-December 1969
Box 10, Folder 7Newspaper clippings, circa 1969
Some of the clippings in this folder were removed and replaced with photocopies.

Box 10, Folder 8Newspaper clippings, January 1970
Box 10, Folder 9Newspaper clippings, February 1970
Box 10, Folder 10Newspaper clippings, March 1971
Box 10, Folder 11Newspaper clippings, April 1971
Box 10, Folder 12Newspaper clippings, 1970
Box 10, Folder 13Newspaper clippings, 1971
Box 10, Folder 14Newspaper clippings, circa 1967, undated
Box 10, Folder 15Scrapbook pages on police brutality (1 of 2), circa 1970
These scrapbook pages were originally in a black binder, They were removed from the binder, numbered in their original order, and placed into folders.

Box 10, Folder 16Scrapbook pages on police brutality (2 of 2), circa 1970
These scrapbook pages were originally in a black binder, They were removed from the binder, numbered in their original order, and placed into folders.

Box 11Scrapbook, 1969-1971
The string binding the pages of this scrapbook together was removed, and the pages were numbered according to their original order.

Box 12Rochester-area publications; issues of Life and Look magazine, 1968-1971, 1985-1986
FIGHT in the Seventies, circa 1972
Box 12, Folder 1Life and Look magazines, 14 May 1971, 7 January 1969
Box 12, Folder 2Democrat and Chronicle: selected pages (1 of 2), 25 March 1968-13 October 1970
Box 12, Folder 3Democrat and Chronicle: selected pages (2 of 2), 19 June 1971-27 July 1985
Box 12, Folder 4Democrat and Chronicle, Upstate section, 30 March 1986
Box 12, Folder 5The Journal, 15 April 1970-June 1971
Box 12, Folder 6Newspaper pages related to Flower City Conspiracy, 7 September-18 September 1970
Box 12, Folder 7Times-Union: selected pages, 11 November 1968-25 June 1971
Box 12, Folder 8Penfield Optimist and Penfield Press, 1 October 1969, 27 February 1970, 12 June 1969


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