Guide to the Paris Student Revolt Collection

Processed by Adrian Turner and Karen Rosen; machine-readable finding aid created by Audrey Pearson
Special Collections and Archives
The UCI Libraries
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University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California 92623-9557
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Email: spcoll@uci.edu
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Paris student revolt collection
Date: 1968-1969
Collection Number: MS-M016
Collector: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine.
Extent: 1.4 linear feet (1 box and 10 oversized folders)
Languages: The collection is primarily in French. One item is in English.
Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Abstract: This collection comprises materials documenting the protests and general strike that took place in France in 1968 when Parisian students and workers protested against American involvement in Vietnam, as well as for a better educational system and working class rights. The collection includes periodicals, handbills, fliers and programs publicizing demonstrations. All items, except for one handbill (in English), are in French.

Important Information for Researchers

Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Paris Student Revolt Collection. MS-M016. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Acquired, 1971.

Processing History

Processed by Adrian Turner and Karen Rosen, 2002.

Historical Background

On May 3, 1968, student protesters from The University of Paris X--Nanterre met with students at the Sorbonne to discuss left-wing politics and the upcoming trial of the Nanterre students for earlier protests. As the crowd of students grew, authorities panicked and police were called in to surround the campus. Many students were arrested and the Sorbonne was closed. The National Union of French Students and the Lecturers' Union called a strike. This began a series of protests, riots, and strikes in which police brutally attacked protestors. The intransigence of the French government and the tactics of police resulted in strong pro-student sentiment in Paris, and during a demonstration major labor unions in France and the Communist Party all called for a general strike on May 13, 1968. The general strike soon spread to factories, French railways, industry, communications and education networks. The strike lasted through June 1968 when French President Charles De Gaulle called for a national referendum.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection comprises materials documenting the protests and general strike that took place in France in 1968 when Parisian students and workers protested against American involvement in Vietnam, as well as for a better educational system and working class rights. The collection includes periodicals, handbills, fliers and programs publicizing demonstrations. All items, except for one handbill (in English), are in French. The newspapers are from independent (primarily socialist and worker's union) and student presses.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by format, then title.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

General Strike, France, 1968 -- Archives.
Riots -- France -- Paris -- Archives.
Strikes and lockouts -- France -- Paris -- Archives.
Socialism -- France -- Paris -- Archives.
Students -- France -- Paris -- Political activity -- Archives.
France -- Politics and government -- 1958-1969 -- Archives.

Genres and Formats of Materials

Broadsides -- 20th century.
Programs -- 20th century.
Newspapers -- 20th century.
Fliers (Printed matter) -- 20th century.


Collection Contents

 

Handbills, communiqués, fliers, and programs

Box : Folder 1 : 1

Comité des Trois Continents undated

Box : Folder 1 : 2

Comité pour la défense de la République 1968 and undated

Box : Folder 1 : 3

Commission Université - Société 1968

Box : Folder 1 : 5

Nous sommes en Marche 1968

Box : Folder 1 : 6-7

Miscellaneous 1968 and undated

Box : Folder 1 : 4

Le Parti Communiste Français, and related organizations 1968-1969 and undated

 

Periodicals

Box : Folder FB-61 : 3

Action 1968

Physical Description: 5 issues
Box : Folder FB-61 : 4

La cause du people 1968

Physical Description: 11 issues
Box : Folder 1 : 8

L'enrage 1968

Physical Description: 7 issues
Box : Folder FB-61 : 5

L'homme nouveau 1968

Physical Description: 3 issues
Box : Folder FB-61 : 6

L'humanité 1968

Physical Description: 1 issue and 6 supplements
Box : Folder FB-61 : 7

L'humanité nouvelle 1968

Physical Description: 2 issues and 1 supplement
Box : Folder 1 : 9

Journal du comte d'information 1968

Physical Description: 2 issues
Box : Folder 1 : 10

La scientlit 1968

Physical Description: 1 issue
Box : Folder FB-61 : 8

Servir le people 1968

Physical Description: 2 issues
Box : Folder FB-61 : 9

Tribune libre 1968

Physical Description: 1 issue
Box : Folder FB-61 : 10

Tribune socialiste 1968

Physical Description: 3 issues
Box : Folder FB-61 : 11

Voix ouvrière 1968

Physical Description: 5 issues
Box : Folder FB-61 : 12

Miscellaneous 1968

Physical Description: 8 issues