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HUD 3140

American Student Defense League, Harvard Chapter. Records of the American Student Defense League, Harvard Chapter : an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUD 3140
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: American Student Defense League, Harvard Chapter
Title: Records of the American Student Defense League, Harvard Chapter, 1940-1941.
Date(s): 1940-1941.
Quantity: 1 cubic feet (2 document boxes, 1 portfolio box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The American Student Defense League was established as a national organization by Harvard students to support Great Britain against Nazi Germany and its allies during World War II. The records are organized in three series: The Constitution of the American Student Defense League, Harvard Chapter, General Information and Ephemera, and Business Records.

Acquisition Information:

The Records of the American Student Defense League, Harvard Chapter, were acquired through donation. Whenever possible the archivist noted the terms of acquisition in the descriptions and item lists.
The acquisitions are as follows:
  • 1942 Walter Lear
  • 1942 W. Milbank Pillsbury
  • Processing Information:

    The Records were first classified and described in the Harvard University Archives shelflist prior to 1990. In June 2008, Dominic P. Grandinetti re-processed the collection. Re-processing included integrating and reorganizing the collection, establishing series and subseries, re-housing materials in the appropriate containers, including acid-free folders, and preparing this inventory.
    Call numbers were simplified and reassigned. A list of obsolete call numbers is included in this finding aid.

    Conditions on Use and Access:

    The Records of the American Student Defense League, Harvard Chapter, are open for research.

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    Historical Essay

    The American Student Defense League (ASDL) was established as a national organization by Harvard students on September 23, 1940 to support Great Britain against Nazi Germany and its allies during World War II. Eventually the League advocated for a declaration of war against Germany by the United States, maintaining that Great Britain could not win without American intervention.
    League activities included the establishment of ASDL chapters at other schools, the sponsorship of public meetings and lectures, the exploration of auxiliary military training on the Harvard campus, and the establishment of Defense, a bi-weekly newspaper.
    The League dissolved on December 10, 1941, after United States entry into World War II.

    Scope of the Collection

    The Records of the American Student Defense League, Harvard Chapter, document the League's press and publicity activities, sponsorship of speaking and lecture events, organization, and interaction with other defense related groups.

    General

    This document last updated 2016 October 14.

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