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HUA 969.100.2

Harvard University Strike Posters Collection : an inventory

Harvard University Archives


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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUA 969.100.2
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Title: Harvard University Strike Posters Collection,
Date(s): 1969 and 1984
Quantity: 6.2 cubic feet
Quantity: 166 posters
Abstract: These posters were created during a period of intense student unrest at Harvard University during April 1969.

Acquisition Information:

These posters were acquired from a variety of sources. Librarians, activists, and others wishing to preserve the history of the 1969 student strike saved posters that had been displayed or used during protests and donated them to the Harvard University Archives.

Processing Information:

Processed by Anne Britton,2007. Finding aid written and encoded by Kate Bowers.

Conditions on Use and Access:

Posters may be oversized and fragile and require special handling. Some posters may be deemed too fragile for research use.

Online access:

Some of the posters have been digitized and are available online. Links to digitized posters accompany descriptions.

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Production of the Posters

During April 1969, student unrest at Harvard University was mounting. Students took over University Hall in Harvard Yard, Cambridge, Massachusetts, evicted the administrators whose offices were in the building, and eventually were expelled themselves by Massachusetts State Police. During the protests, posters were used in many ways: to express dissent, as notices of meeting places, and as announcements of events. The most prolific group of poster creators was a print workshop set up in the basement of Harvard's Memorial Hall and calling itself "Designers for Peace," which had a sibling group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Protesters were against the University's expansion into Boston and Cambridge, against involvement in the Vietnam War, and in particular the University's inclusion of a Reserve Officers Traiing Corps on campus.

Scope and Contents

Posters are each unique and all date from April 1969 unless otherwise noted in the list below.

Inventory update

This document last updated 2016 June 22.

Visual Inventory

A visual inventory of the posters is available in the Harvard University Archives reading room. This paper inventory includes images of all the posters. Request the visual inventory of the Strike Posters collection from Public Services staff in the Harvard University Archives reading room.

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