September 1, 1979
The Miscellany News reported that a Vassar alumna invoking the 1966 Freedom of Information Act received 332 pages from the FBI documenting surveillance at Vassar from 1939 to 1975. One event that had been under scrutiny was the 1969 takeover of Main Building. The FBI had collected the names and photographs of those involved in the takeover and the sit-in.
The files also revealed that when a Vassar administrator requested 1,700 copies of the state publication ‘Your Rights if Arrested” in 1969, the New York Bar Association sent a copy of the request to the FBI because “they felt such a request could be a possible indication of planned radical activity on that campus (Vassar) for the forthcoming academic year.”