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Guide to the Social Protest Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Related Collections

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Social Protest Collection,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1943-1992
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1965-1975)
    Collection Number: Mss 183
    Extent: 6 linear feet (6 record containers)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
    Physical Location: Del Sur
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions


    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Social Protest Collection. Mss 183. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchase and donation from multiple sources, ca. 1960s-2003.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Social Protest Collection is organized into twelve rather broadly defined subject series reflecting the major movements of the 1960s-1970s: Arts and Culture, Civil Rights, Community, Ecology/Environment, Education/Academic Organizations, Electoral Politics, International Political Groups and Movements, Labor and Economic issues, Social and Political Movements, Student Movements, Vietnam, and Women/Women's Issues. It contains pamphlets, flyers, announcements, catalogs, journals and newsletters, reprints, reviews, and printed material relating to a wide range of issues including civil rights, ecology, labor, and domestic and international politics. Numerous organizations, groups, and movements are represented, including the Students for a Democratic Society, the Black Panthers, the U.S. Socialist and Labor Parties and many smaller community-based (mostly Santa Barbara/UCSB) groups.
    The work of many organizations naturally overlaps more than one subject. For example, documentation on local campus and community organizations can be found in virtually all series. Most are located within two of the subject series: Community Movements and the Student Movement. Material covering the Vietnam War and anti-war organizations can be found in many areas, for example in the sections on Student Movements and International Political Groups, as well as in its own series. Many groups that believed in radical social reform did not believe that an idea could be patented and were opposed to copyright laws. Therefore, many of the materials in the collection lack copyright or reprint dates.
    This collection formerly was known as the Radical Pamphlets Collection. Additional related material, from various sources, was added to the collection and it was renamed to more accurately reflect the current contents.

    Related Collections

    UCSB, Davidson Library, Department of Special Collections:

    Alternative Press Collection, ca. 1966-1977 (Mss 169)
    UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library:

    Social Protest Collection, 1960-1982


    Free Speech Movement/Student Protest - U.C. Berkeley, 1964-65


    The State Historical Society of Wisconsin:

    Social Action vertical file, ca. 1960-1999