Alan Berkman papers


Correspondence, court documents, pamphlets, prison diaries, parole records, oral history transcripts, interview transcripts, memoir drafts, poems, speeches, articles, awards, certificates, diplomas, photographs, clippings and digital video document the life and death of physician and political activist Alan Berkman (1945-2009), a physician from Middletown, New York who became radicalized as a medical student while attending Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons (MD 1971). He was later involved in two robberies. The first attributed to members of the May 19th Communist Organization and Black Liberation Army. His papers also contain records relating to the reinstatement of his medical license and career after his release from prison. He was Assistant Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Clinical Sociomedical Sciences in the Mailman School of Public Health.


Alan Berkman, 1945-2009

Date [inclusive]: 

circa 1960-2010



Physical Description: 

4 cubic feet (9 manuscript boxes, 1 record carton)



Open for research, except DVDs are closed until preservation imaging completed.

Cite as: 

Alan Berkman Papers, Archives & Special Collections, Columbia University Health Sciences Library.