Guide to the Publications on the Thai Democracy Movement

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Special Collections and Archives
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Publications on the Thai democracy movement
Date: 1976-1979
Collection Number: MS-M035
Creator: Bolerium Books (San Francisco, Calif.)
Extent: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Languages: The collection is in English.
Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
Irvine, California 92623-9557
Abstract: This collection comprises publications related to the Thai democracy movement published in the United States after the October 1976 Thai military coup.

Important Information for Researchers


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

Publications on the Thai Democracy Movement. MS-SEA035. 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, 2009.

Custodial History

The collection was purchased from Bolerium Books (San Francisco, Cal.).

Processing History

Processed by Joanna Lamb, 2009.

Historical Background

Since the overthrow of the Siam monarchy in 1932, the Thai military has dominated Thailand's unstable government. On October 14, 1973, more than one hundred students protesting military rule at Thammasat University were killed by government forces, resulting in the appointment of a prime minister and a brief period of parliamentary democracy. In October 1976, the military forcefully regained control of the government, polarizing the country politically and strengthening the Thai democratic movement which protested elitist military rule, U.S. government and military involvement in Thailand, and human rights violations.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection comprises publications related to the Thai democracy movement published in the United States after the October 1976 Thai military coup. The bulk of the publications are bulletins, newsletters, and reports from the Union of Democratic Thais (UDT). Also included are tabloid-sized issues of the Thai language newspaper Santiphabb (Peace), and the Thai Review which was published by the American Friends Service Committee.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged by title of publication.

Indexing Terms

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


American Friends Service Committee -- Archives.
Democracy -- Thailand -- Archives.
Thailand -- Politics and government -- 20th century-- Archives.
Union of Democratic Thais (U.S.) -- Archives.

Genres and Formats of Materials

Protest literature.

Collection Contents

Box : Folder 1 : 1

UDT Report (UDT) 1976

Box : Folder 1 : 2

Thai Review (American Friends Service Committee), Vol. 1, #2-4 1977-1978

Box : Folder 1 : 3

Thai Bulletin (UDT), Vol. 1, #1,2,5,6 1976-1977

Box : Folder 1 : 4

Bangkok 18 Update (UDT), Vol. 1, #1 1978

Box : Folder 1 : 5

Thailand Update (UDT) 1978-1979

Box : Folder 1 : 6

Santiphaab (Peace) unknown