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HUA 969.100

Harvard University. Student Strike, 1969 : General File : an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUA 969.100
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Title: Harvard University Student Strike, 1969: General File
Date(s): 1969
Quantity: 1 collection (8 boxes (ca. 3 cubic feet)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: In April 1969, Harvard University experienced a two-week period of almost daily crisis. Harvard students vehemently expressed their concerns regarding the Vietnam War and other social and political issues with protests, including the take-over of a university administration building. This collection documents both sides of the conflict and consists of contemporary documents produced by both the protesters and the University administration.

Acquisition Information:

The material in this collection was gathered by the University Archives chiefly through gifts, 1969-2000. Some donors were involved on either side of the conflict, some were Harvard Archives or library staff concerned with preserving the historical record, and others were Harvard faculty or students. Because donation was neither systematic nor coordinated, many duplicate items were received, and many items were received without a record of who made the donation or when.
Known accessions
  • 9180; received 1981 May 13 from Bernard Bailyn
  • 12100; received 1990 November 27 from Daniel D. Reiff
  • 12227; received 1991 July 2 from Alice T. Friedman
  • 12257; received 1991 August 6 from Hazel Denton
  • 13492; received 1997 January 27 from Miles Cahler
  • 13714; received 1998 February 09 from Ronald Pfiel
  • 14016; received 1999 August 17 from Ken Carpenter
  • 14096; received 2000 January 10 from Dave Warrington
  • Processing Information:

    The collection is an artificial collection, put together by the Harvard University Archives from a variety of sources, rather than an organic collection from an individual or group. From ca. 1970 to 2001, some of this material resided in the Archives' collection under the call numbers HUA 969.100 and HUA 969.100.1. Barbara Meloni began reorganization of the material in December 2001. She consolidated the processed material under a single call number, discarded duplicates, added material from previously unprocessed accessions, and produced this finding aid. Work was completed in March 2002.

    Conditions on Use:

    There are no restrictions on access to this material.

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    Historical Note

    In April 1969, Harvard University experienced a two-week period of almost daily crisis as Harvard students, primarily under the leadership of the Harvard-Radcliffe chapter of Students for a Democratic Society, vehemently expressed their concerns regarding the Vietnam War. Additional political issues that were the focus of protest were the status of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) on campus, the University's policy on the conversion of residential property in Cambridge and Boston to University use, the governance of the University, and the establishment of a Department of Black Studies. One protest included the take-over of University Hall, a Harvard administration building. President Pusey's decision to have police on campus to evict and arrest the demonstators resulted in an additional set of confrontations over disciplinary procedures.

    Series in the Collection

    Scope of the Collection

    The collection documents both sides of the conflict and the student unrest of April 1969. A voluminous amount of paper produced by both sides includes posters, broadsides, flyers, press releases, official statements and committee reports, student and administrative publications, newspaper clippings and other printed and primarily ephemeral material.


    This document last updated 2014 February 24.

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