Scope and Content of Collection
Title: New Left Collection
Collection Number: 69001
Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material:
79 manuscript boxes, 5 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder, 1 envelope, 1 microfilm, 3 phonorecords
(35.4 linear feet)
Booklets, leaflets, reports, and clippings, relating to the purposes, tactics, and activities of various New Left and right-wing
groups, draft resistance, student disorders, and the anti-Vietnam War movement. Collected under the direction of Edward J.
Collection is open for research.
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[Identification of item], New left collection, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.
Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1969. An increment was added in 2011.
Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find
the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at
. Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes
listed in this finding aid.
Scope and Content of Collection
Between 1969 and 1973, the New Left collection was developed and maintained at the Hoover Institution as a curatorship under
the direction of Dr. Edward J. Bacciocco, author of
American New Left: Reform to Revolution, 1956-1970 (Hoover Institution, 1974). The collection now is divided into two groups. Long runs of newspapers, periodicals, and other
serial publications are held in the Hoover Institution Serials Department. Ephemera, such as leaflets, pamphlets, newsletters,
clippings, and miscellaneous issues of newspapers and periodicals are held as a special collection in the Archives.
Subject matter is varied and extensive. The collection documents the movement against the war in Vietnam; draft resistance;
activity of the Students for a Democratic Society; the marijuana initiative sponsored by the radical coalition in Berkeley,
California; the efforts by the Eldridge Cleaver faction of the Black Panther Party to organize a Black Liberation Army; pronouncements
of Marxist-Leninist organizations, such as the Venceremos and the Revolutionary Union, high school insurrection; radicals
entering electoral politics; the organization of prison inmates for revolutionary purposes; radicals in the professions; planned
disruption of the 1972 presidential conventions and election; the American Indian Movement; and radical plans to discredit
the American bicentennial celebration.
The special collection of ephemera in the Archives is continually being enhanced by newly acquired material, including a sizeable
increment of materials donated by Mr. Richard Cates in 1974. The holdings of the Serials Department on the New Left has also
been increased. Issues of current titles are received on a regular basis and the Bell and Howell microfilm collection of underground
newspapers recently was transferred to the Hoover Institution from the Main Library (Stanford University). A published guide
to the microfilm, entitled
Newspaper Microfilm Collection (PN 4827 U 55 Index 1963/74), is available in the Serials Department.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Bacciocco, Edward J.
College students--United States.
Conscientious objectors--United States.
Student movements--United States.
Subversive activities--United States.
United States--Social conditions--1960-1980.
Universities and colleges--United States.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements.