The Social Movements Collection is 128 linear feet of newspapers, newsletters, periodicals, correspondence, pamphlets, fliers, brochures, books and other assorted materials documenting the socio-political environment prevailing in the US in the 1960s and 1970s, and many aspects of American involvement in the Vietnam War including the anti-war and anti-draft movements. The material ranges in dates from 1925 to 2004. The bulk of the material is from the 1960s and 1970s. The Social Movements Collection is divided into four series: Series I - Social Protest Groups (52 linear feet); Series II -Periodicals (13 linear feet); Series III - Newspapers and Newsletters (60 linear feet); and Series IV - Assorted Materials (3 linear feet). Each folder in every series is labeled with abbreviations and numbered. All folders are labeled SM, which indicates the Social Movements Collection. Furthermore, each folder is marked with NN, P, SPG, or AM, indicating Newspapers and Newsletters, Periodicals, Social Protest Groups, or Assorted Material respectively.
Social Protest Groups (52 Boxes)
The contents of each file include primarily official correspondence, pamphlets, fliers, newsletters, books, and other publications containing information distributed by any particular group. Groups (approximately 3500) include memorial and education foundations; campus organizations (political, religious, social, international students); organizations, institutes, and centers in communities and states across the US (Charlottesville, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington DC, San Francisco Bay Area, New York) focusing on several topics (Palestine, prisons, race relations, Indochina, war, poverty, economics, politics, international relations, labor, Cuba, education, the Middle East, environment); legal defense committees for various individuals and groups; social issues activist groups (abortion, anti-draft, drugs, economy, environment, equal rights, gays, prisons, racism, war tax, women's rights); religious organizations (Jews, Muslims, Christians, Catholics, Atheists); political groups (Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Anti-communists, Socialists); groups spearheading campaigns for individuals running for different offices (President, Congress); ethnic groups (Arabs, African Americans, Jews); and others. Groups in this series are arranged by name in alphabetical order.
Periodicals (13 Boxes)
An assortment of periodicals (approximately 1380 volumes) ranging in publication dates from 1925 to the 1980s cover many topics including politics, economics, religion, society, and education in the United States. The bulk of the periodicals come from the mid- to late 1960s and the 1970s. Many periodicals are editorial in nature, while others are news journals. A few periodicals cover news and events from other countries and regions in the world including Cuba, Hungary, Scotland, South Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Periodicals are arranged in alphabetical order according to title, then chronologically.
Newspapers and Newsletters (60 boxes)
Newspaper and newsletter publications (approximately 11,200) by various groups include unofficial military publications from various US bases throughout the world; community papers from cities across the United States; political activist newspapers (communists, socialists, libertarians, feminists, white supremacists, others); publications from various religious groups (Christians, Muslims, Jews); college and university publications from across the US; Native American tribal group publications; human rights activist / humanitarian publications; and war veterans publications chronicle a wide variety of issues including the Vietnam War; the anti-war movement; race relations in America; feminism; economics; the clash between labor and capital; and a host of other socio-political issues. The dates of the material range from 1941 to 2004. The bulk of the material was published in the mid- to late 1960s through the 1970s. Newspapers and Newsletters are arranged in alphabetical order by title, then chronologically.
Assorted Materials (3 boxes)
The Assorted Materials include excerpts and articles from various publications, official correspondence from organizations, books, and pamphlets. The material covers essentially the same range of topics in Series I, II, and III. Specifically, Series IV includes material related to Nixon's impeachment; the Vietnam War; voters' guides; mail order catalogs; course catalogs for various classes; posters; public notices for protests, rallies and marches; and comic book buyers' guides. There is no specific alphabetical or chronological arrangement in this series.