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Diane Solomon Civil Rights and Viet Nam War Era Button Collection MSS.2007.11.14
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Series I: Political Buttons, Bulk, 1960-1979 1954-1989, 2008

Language of Material: English

Physical Description

2 Flat File Drawers

Scope and Content of Collection

The Diane Solomon button collection documents the diversity of social and political movements that emerged during the 1960s and 1970s through a diverse collection of buttons that were used to support a variety of political positions and social movements. The production of political buttons in the U.S. has a long history, dating back to the inauguration of George Washington. By the late 1890s buttons, pins, fobs, and banners were used extensively in political campaigns. The creation of buttons to promote political candidates has extended into social movements and culture. From the 1960s to the present, political buttons are no longer an ephemeral publicity tool, but are avidly collected.
The buttons in the collection represent many of the social and political movements of the 1960's and 1970's, including: Civil Rights Movement, Anti-war movement in Vietnam, feminism and women’s rights, the war on poverty, immigrant and farm labor, gay rights, and the counterculture movement in San Francisco. Images of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Bobby Seal, Angela Davis, Huey Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, Malcolm X, Richard Nixon, Cesar Chavez, are well represented. As are some of the most important movements of the era that include the Black Panther Party, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Students for Democratic Society (SDS) and the National Organization of Women (NOW), and many others. A small collection of newspapers documenting San Jose State University and Martin Luther King Jr. are included.

Arrangement

This series has been arranged topically by specific the political and social movements and placed into archival trays. The organization of the buttons in each tray is based on the arrangement of the donor.
 

Trays 1-5: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Black Panthers, and Civil Rights Buttons 1954-1970, 2008

 

Trays 6-7: Cesar Chavez and United Farm Workers Buttons 1962-1979, 1989

 

Trays 8-16: Vietnam War Resistance, Vietnam War Support, Draft Resistance, and Peace Promotion Buttons 1960-1979

 

Display Trays 17-18: Counterculture Buttons 1960-1979

 

Series II: Newspapers, Bulk, 1962-1964 1957-1968

Language of Material: English

Physical Description

1 Box

Scope and Content of Collection

This small collection of newspapers consist of the San Jose State University student newspaper, the Spartan Daily, from 1962-1964, as well as a commemorative publication from the San Jose Mercury News celebrating San Jose State University’s 150th anniversary in 1957. A copy of the 1963 Chicago Daily News highlighting the civil rights march on Washington, D.C. where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech, and a Chicago Sun-Times insert dedicated to the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. published in 1968 after he was assassinated, is also represented.

Arrangement

This series is arranged by publication and chronologically within the publication.
 

Folder 1: San José Mercury News, 1957

 

Folder 2: Spartan Daily, 1962-1964

 

Folder 3: Chicago Publications, 1963-1968