Finding Aid to the SLATE records CU-592

Marjorie Bryer
University Archives
The Bancroft Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: University Archives
Title: SLATE records
Creator: SLATE (Organization : Calif.)
Identifier/Call Number: CU-592
Physical Description: 6.8 Linear Feet (4 cartons, 4 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Date (inclusive): 1948-1988
Abstract: This collection documents the history and activities of SLATE and its predecessor, TASC (Towards an Active Student Community), student political organizations active on the University of California, Berkeley campus from 1957 to 1966.
Language of Material: Collection materials are in English.
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the history and activities of SLATE and its predecessor, TASC (Towards an Active Student Community) , student political organizations active on the UC Berkeley campus from 1957 to 1966. There are records related to the formation of SLATE and TASC; correspondence from, essays, and papers collected by SLATE members; election materials and political platforms; ephemera; materials related to the Associated Students of the University of California; meeting minutes; SLATE publications; newspaper clippings; and materials related to a 1984 reunion. The collection is divided into four series: TASC and SLATE Political Activities; SLATE Reunion; Peter Franck Papers; and Michael Rossman Papers – SLATE Political Activities and Publications.

Organizational History

SLATE was a student political organization that was active on the University of California, Berkeley campus from 1958 through 1966. It was one of the first student groups of the emerging New Left and a precursor of the Free Speech Movement. In 1957, Ralph Schaffer, Fritjof Thygeson, and Rick White formed an ad hoc group of students, Towards an Active Student Community (TASC), to run for Associated Student University of California (ASUC) office. Their goal was to force discussion of socio-political issues, like racial discrimination, that affected both the campus and society at large. TASC also campaigned against apartheid in South Africa, the loyalty oath, and nuclear testing, and for free speech on campus.
TASC was short-lived, but in late 1957, Cal senior Mike Miller called together a group of student leaders, including former members of TASC, and proposed they run as a “slate” for student government office. None of the “slate” was elected in Fall 1957, but they gained nearly 40 percent of the vote and contributed to increased voter turnout. SLATE was officially organized on February 5, 1958; roughly 100 hundred students held a convention from February 28-March 1 and committed to run candidates for student office who would engage in issue-oriented political education both on and off campus. Around that time, members of SLATE also founded the independent newspaper The Cal Reporter.
SLATE campaigned for “fair bear” minimum wages and affordable housing for students, and led demonstrations against compulsory ROTC, the death penalty, the California House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), and racial discrimination. They also worked to modify “Rule 17,” which limited the free speech and political organizing of students on campus. SLATE became a model for similar campus political parties across the nation.
The University administration routinely tried to diminish SLATE’s popularity and political power on campus. Overwhelming graduate student support for SLATE led, in April 1959, to the University disassociating graduate students from the ASUC, in an effort to take away some of SLATE’s electoral power. Though the group continued to run candidates, following the 1959 decision few were elected. SLATE remained politically active, which led to repeated clashes with the university, and in June 1961, the administration revoked SLATE’s status as a recognized student organization.
In 1963, SLATE began publishing the SLATE Supplement to the General Catalog, which offered student evaluations and recommendations of courses and professors. The supplement served as a guide for new undergraduates about how to enroll in classes and navigate the large university. SLATE members took an active part in the formation and life of the Free Speech Movement (FSM) in 1964-1965, and SLATE candidates swept the December 8, 1964 ASUC election. SLATE came close to winning a majority in ASUC in spring 1965 but lost badly in the fall. During the life of SLATE, both as an on campus and off campus group, roughly 850 students were “card carrying” members. For a more detailed history of SLATE, see the SLATE Archives website:

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The SLATE records were given to The Bancroft Library in 2013 by the SLATE Archives Committee.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Alternate Forms Available

Digital reproductions of selected SLATE publications and leaflets are available through the SLATE Archives website and Calisphere.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], SLATE records, CU-592, University Archives, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

System of Arrangement

Arranged to the folder level.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Moran, in cooperation with the SLATE Archives Committee in 2003, and by Marjorie Bryer in 2017.

Publication Rights

Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See:

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Student movements -- California -- Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley -- Students -- Political Activity.
Free Speech Movement (Berkeley, Calif.)
University of California, Berkeley -- Associated Students
SLATE (Organization : Calif.)


Series 1. TASC and SLATE Political Activities 1957-1988

Physical Description: Boxes 1-2; Carton 4, folders 1-29

Scope and Content Note

This series documents the history and political activities of SLATE and its predecessor, Towards an Active Student Community (TASC). It includes candidate lists and platforms, correspondence, founding documents, leaflets, meeting minutes, membership lists, materials from summer conferences, and SLATE publications. There is also correspondence and essays from Mike Miller and other early SLATE members, Associated Students of the University of California meeting minutes and election results, materials related to the student movement and New Left more broadly, and newspaper clippings documenting SLATE activity from the Daily Cal. Prominent issues include free speech, the House Un-American Activities Committee, housing discrimination, and ROTC.
box 1, Folder 1-3

Associated Students University of California (ASUC) Executive Committee Minutes and Election Documents February-December 1957

box 1, Folder 3

ASUC Election Documents April 15, 1957

box 1, Folder 4

TASK 1957

box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence and Written Statements 1957

box 1, Folder 6

ASUC Executive Committee Election Documents December 1957

box 1, Folder 7

SLATE Election leaflets December 1957

box 1, Folder 8-9

SLATE Organizing Convention Documents February-March 1958

box 1, Folder 10

SLATE internal Documents 1958

box 1, Folder 11

Mike Miller Correspondence April 1958

box 1, Folder 12

ASUC Election Rules 1958

box 1, Folder 13

SLATE vs. ASUC Executive Committee circa 1958

box 1, Folder 14-15

SLATE Election Leaflets and Documents 1958

box 1, Folder 16

Stephen Plagemann Correspondence 1964

box 1, Folder 17

SLATE Miscellaneous 1959, undated

box 1, Folder 18

Student Political Behavior and Attitude 1958

box 1, Folder 19

Untitled Essay on ASUC and SLATE undated

box 1, Folder 20-21

“SLATE: A Case Study in the Structure and Function of Social Conflict,” including Draft, by Michael Miller undated

box 1, Folder 22-23

The History of SLATE circa 1958

box 1, Folder 24-25

SLATE Summer Conference 1961-1962

box 2, Folder 1-5

Newspaper Clippings 1957

box 2, Folder 6

Cal Reporter 1958-1960

box 2, Folder 7

SLATE Pamphlets circa 1959-1961

box 2, Folder 8

SLATE Mailing and Membership Lists 1959-1965

box 2, Folder 9

Pre-SLATE Political Activities – Tentative Statements undated

box 2, Folder 10

Student Movement – Miscellaneous circa 1964-1986

box 2, Folder 11

SLATE Campaign Materials and Platforms circa 1962

box 2, Folder 12

Free Speech Movement – 1984 Anniversary 1984

Carton 4, Folder 1

SLATE Summer Conference Papers 1962-1963

Carton 4, Folder 2

ASUC Judicial Committee (SLATE Involvement) circa 1961

Carton 4, Folder 3

National Student Association (NSA) Coordinator Applications 1963

Carton 4, Folder 4

New University Writings 1960-1963

Carton 4, Folder 5

Student Civil Liberties Union 1961

Carton 4, Folder 6

SLATE vs. Kerr Directives 1961

Carton 4, Folder 7

SLATE Correspondence – Miscellaneous 1957-1963

Carton 4, Folder 8

Mike Myerson (SLATE President) Correspondence 1961

Carton 4, Folder 9-10

Jerry Miller Correspondence and Papers 1961-1963

Carton 4, Folder 11

Brad Cleaveland Papers circa 1963

Carton 4, Folder 12

SLATE – "The Big Myth" undated

Carton 4, Folder 13

SLATE – Daily Cal Newspaper Clippings 1956-1964

Carton 4, Folder 14

Creighton Case – Compulsory Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) 1961

Carton 4, Folder 15

Graduate Students Leave ASUC 1959-1962

Carton 4, Folder 16

Graduate Students Association 1960-1962

Carton 4, Folder 17

Housing Discrimination 1961-1962

Carton 4, Folder 18

Student Civil Liberties Union and Anti-Communist Activities circa 1962-1963

Carton 4, Folder 19

"Berkeley in the Sixties"/ Mark Kitchell circa 1986-1988

Carton 4, Folder 20-21

Victor Garlin’s SLATE Papers, SLATE Catalogs 1959-1972

Carton 4, Folder 22

Campus Political Activities circa 1964-1966

Carton 4, Folder 23

SLATE Summer Conference 1961-1968

Carton 4, Folder 24

SLATE and Student Government Papers 1962

Carton 4, Folder 25-26

SLATE Forum, Summer Conference, Report, Flyers, and Miscellaneous circa 1960-1963

Carton 4, Folder 27

SLATE Candidate Lists and Platforms circa 1962-1963

Carton 4, Folder 28

SLATE Anti-ROTC Packet 1958-1962

Carton 4, Folder 29

SLATE General circa 1958-1962


Series 2. SLATE Reunion 1984-1986

Physical Description: Carton 4, folders 30-36

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of materials relating to the 1984 SLATE Reunion. There is correspondence about organizing the event, membership lists, leaflets distributed at the meeting, post-reunion newsletters, and reflections on the meaning and influence of SLATE and the student movement of the 1960s more generally. Correspondents include Irene Theodore, Peter Franck, Mike Miller, and Fritjof Thygeson.
Carton 4, Folder 30

Statements 1984

Carton 4, Folder 31

Correspondence 1984

Carton 4, Folder 32

Miller Notes and Drafts 1984

Carton 4, Folder 33

Conference Leaflets 1984

Carton 4, Folder 34

Post-Reunion Documents 1984

Carton 4, Folder 35

Press Clippings 1984

Carton 4, Folder 36

Activities 1985-1987


Series 3. Peter Franck Papers 1948-1980

Physical Description: Boxes 3-4

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of papers collected by, or related to, SLATE Archives Committee member, Peter Franck. Along with Hank DiSuvero and Pat Denton, Franck was part of a campus-wide committee of undergraduate and graduate students who worked to modify “Rule 17,” which limited free speech on campus. He was a member of TASC, and part of the Temporary Coordinating Committee that officially organized SLATE on February 5, 1958. The series includes correspondence; election leaflets, materials about Rule 17, HUAC and ROTC protests; summer conference materials; and SLATE publications.
box 3, Folder 1

Peter Franck Correspondence 1961-1962, undated

box 3, Folder 2

Student Civil Liberties Union 1956-1962

box 3, Folder 3-5

Rule 17 Correspondence, Change Organizing Documents, Revisions, and Drafts 1948-1961

box 3, Folder 6

Stiles Hall Records circa 1956

box 3, Folder 7-9

House Un-American Activities Documents, Anti-HUAC Demonstrations, and HUAC Committee Protest Newspaper Clippings 1960-1961

box 3, Folder 10

Committee for Voluntary ROTC Newspaper Clippings 1956

box 3, Folder 11-13

National Student Committee for Civil Liberties – HUAC Documents, Correspondence, Anti-HUAC Newspaper Clippings 1959-1961

box 3, Folder 14

Student Civil Liberties Union Publications 1956

box 3, Folder 15

Committee for Voluntary ROTC Documents 1956

box 3, Folder 16

Student Movement Writings circa 1961-1967

box 4, Folder 1-2

Cal Reporter 1958-1960

box 4, Folder 3

SLATE Inter-campus Coordinator Correspondence 1960

box 4, Folder 4

SLATE Expulsion as a University of California, Berkeley Campus Group – Notes 1959

box 4, Folder 5-6

SLATE Summer Conference 1961-1963

box 4, Folder 7

SLATE Election Leaflets 1961

box 4, Folder 8

SLATE Newsletters 1958-1963


Series 4. Michael Rossman Papers – SLATE Political Activities and Publications 1958-1971

Physical Description: Cartons 1-3

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of materials collected by, or related to, Michael Rossman, who was active in creating the Free Speech Movement (FSM) Archives. Rossman, a member of the executive and steering committees of FSM, was not a member of SLATE but was, in his own words, “a fellow traveler.” The series includes administrative materials; correspondence; election materials and platforms; position papers; SLATE publications, including supplements to university course catalogs, newsletters and newspapers; and materials from summer conferences. There are materials related to SLATE’s activism within the student association at the University of California, the ASUC, and to student activism more broadly, in the anti-war, civil rights, farm labor, and free speech movements.
Carton 1, Folder 1

Completed SLATE Questionnaires 1964-1969

Carton 1, Folder 2-4

SLATE Supplements and Synopsis of Courses 1958-1972

Carton 1, Folder 5

University Education Reform 1965-1967

Carton 1, Folder 6

SLATE Graduate Coordinating Committee and Free Speech Movement 1965-1966

Carton 1, Folder 7

SLATE, Free Speech Movement, Strikes 1961-1968

Carton 1, Folder 8

Free Speech Movement, Student Government Reform, SLATE 1965-1967

Carton 1, Folder 9

SLATE Organizing Materials 1959-1967

Carton 1, Folder 10

The Campus Voice, The University Socialist 1963

Carton 1, Folder 11

SLATE and Other Political Activities 1960-1966

Carton 1, Folder 12-13

SLATE Membership Lists 1963-1965

Carton 1, Folder 14

SLATE Correspondence, Student Government, and Political Activities 1961-1968

Carton 1, Folder 15

SLATE – Miscellaneous 1963-1965

Carton 1, Folder 16-17

Cal Reporters, SLATE Newsletters, and New University News 1960-1963

Carton 1, Folder 18

SLATE ASUC Candidates circa 1962

Carton 1, Folder 19

SLATE Election Issues, Sather Gate Proposal, and Platforms circa 1962

Carton 1, Folder 20

Cal Reporter and Letter from SLATE circa 1963

Carton 1, Folder 21

ASUC SPARK, The Campus Voice circa 1963

Carton 1, Folder 22

SLATE Newsletters 1958-1962

Carton 1, Folder 23

SLATE Summer Conference 1962

Carton 1, Folder 24-25

SLATE Supplement to the General Catalog/ASUC Synopsis 1963-1967

Carton 1, Folder 26

STEPS Journal 1966

Carton 1, Folder 27

Daily Cal By-Laws Fall 1960

Carton 1, Folder 28

SLATE Administrative Papers and Notes circa 1961

Carton 2, Folder 1

Correspondence, ASUC and University 1961-1967

Carton 2, Folder 2

SLATE Internal Papers 1961-1965

Carton 2, Folder 3

SLATE Film and Lecture Series 1962-1965

Carton 2, Folder 4-5

SLATE Summer Conference 1961-1964

Carton 2, Folder 6

SLATE Administrative Papers and Notes circa 1961-1962

Carton 2, Folder 7

Robin Room Administrative Papers, Position Papers, etc. 1966-1967

Carton 2, Folder 8

SLATE Position Papers and Notes 1961-1965

Carton 2, Folder 9-10

SLATE Platform Notes and Drafts, Election Leaflets 1963-1965

Carton 2, Folder 11

HUAC and SLATE undated

Carton 2, Folder 12

SLATE Publications 1961-1968, undated

Carton 2, Folder 13-14

SLATE Supplement to the General Catalog 1963-1967

Carton 2, Folder 15

ASUC Campus Rules Committee circa 1967

Carton 2, Folder 16-18

Robin Room, Response to Herr Committee, Drafts. "To the Icebox" circa 1960-1967

Carton 2, Folder 19

ASUC Constitutions, ABC’s 1958-1963

Carton 2, Folder 20-21

ASUC Papers 1962-1969

Carton 2, Folder 22-25

ASUC Constitutional Convention circa 1966

Carton 2, Folder 26

Student Political Parties, Activities, and Movements (Non-SLATE) circa 1964-1969

Carton 2, Folder 27

Graduate Coordinating Committee 1965

Carton 2, Folder 28

University Reform/ New University Movement Leaflets circa 1963-1968

Carton 2, Folder 29

Free Speech Movement 1964-1965

Carton 2, Folder 30

Free Student Union circa 1965

Carton 2, Folder 31

Farm Labor undated

Carton 2, Folder 32

Local Civil Rights Activities circa 1964-1965

oversize_folder 1

Freedom Riders Benefit June 19, 1961

Carton 2, Folder 33

Anti-Discrimination Leaflets undated

Carton 2, Folder 34

Vietnam Day Committee and Other Anti-Vietnam War Activities circa 1965

Carton 2, Folder 35

Student Political Activities 1963-1968

Carton 2, Folder 36

People’s Park, Women’s History, Miscellaneous 1969

Carton 2, Folder 37

The Activist 1962-1963

Carton 2, Folder 38

Albatross 1961-1962

Carton 2, Folder 39

The Berkeley Gate 1964-1967

Carton 2, Folder 40

The VDC News (Vietnam Day Committee) 1965-1966

Carton 2, Folder 41

Miscellaneous Student Publications 1961-1967

Carton 2, Folder 42

Center for Participant Education – Catalog 1969

Carton 2, Folder 43-45

Associated Students of University of California (ASUC), including Executive Committee Minutes 1959-Fall 1960

Carton 3, Folder 1-26

Associated Students of University of California (ASUC). including Executive Committee, Senate, Judicial Committee, and Student Conduct Committee Minutes; Budgets; Student Forums; and Election Rule Changes 1960-1966, undated