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Finding Aid to the Social Protest Collection, 1943-1982 (bulk 1960-1975)
BANC MSS 86/157 c  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Administrative Information
  • Chronology of the Berkeley Movement, 1960-1971
  • Scope and Content Note

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Social protest collection
    Date (inclusive): 1943-1982
    Date (bulk): 1960-1975
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 86/157 c
    Extent: Number of containers: 27 cartons, 2 oversize boxes, 1 card file box Linear feet: 33.87 Microfilm copies: 101 reels : positive and negative (BNEG 3106) ; 35 mm 10 digital objects (11 images)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: Contains leaflets, flyers, posters, publications and ephemera. Gathered by the Social Protest Project primarily on Sproul Plaza for the UC undergraduate library between 1969-1982, the material primarly relates to the Vietnam War and Civil Rights demonstrations although there is significant material on Black Power, political issues, the Women's movement, lesbian and gay rights, Third World issues, the Left and Right, campus labor disputes, and the movement against nuclear power and nuclear weapons.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    RESTRICTED ORIGINALS. Use microfilm copy with call number BANC FILM 2757. Collection is open for research except for the unprocessed serials. Inquiries concerning these should be directed to the Head of Public Services of The Bancroft Library.

    Publication Rights

    Materials in this collection 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: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Social protest collection, BANC MSS 86/157 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Alternate Forms Available

    This collection is available on microfilm: BANC FILM 2757.
    Digital reproductions of selected items are available.

    Archival Sources at Other Institutions

    The Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin.

    A primary national depository for 1960's protest movements. Civil Rights papers include: the archives of the Congress of Racial Equality; the personal papers of George Wiley, Congress of Racial Equality leader and founder of the National Welfare Rights Organization; the archives of the Highlander Folk School; and papers of Kentucky civil rights activists Carl and Anne Braden and their organization, the Southern Conference Educational Fund. Anti-Vietnam War movement collections include: Student Peace Union, Student Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, Fifth Avenue Peace Parade Committee, National Peace Action Coalition and Students for a Democratic Society. The Society also houses the archives of the Socialist Labor Party and the Trotskyist Socialists Workers Party.

    The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, Atlanta, Georgia.

    The Center has a substantial Archives on the southern civil rights movement including: the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Dr. King's personal papers, and the records of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

    Swarthmore Peace Collection, Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania.

    Collections include American Friends Service Committee; National Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy, Inc.; War Resisters League; and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

    Tamiment Collection, New York University.

    Papers of socialist organizations and individuals are the major strength of the Tamiment Collection. This archive's origins are deeply rooted in the Socialist Party of Eugene Debs and in the New York labor movement of the early part of the twentieth century.

    Material Cataloged Separately

    • Serial titles have been transferred to the Bancroft serial collection.
    • Northern California Alliance records have been removed and cataloged as BANC MSS 87/236 c
    • Workers' Party records have been removed and cataloged as BANC MSS 87/237 c

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
    Black Panther Party
    University of California, Berkeley--Students--Political activity
    Civil rights movements--California
    Gay rights--California
    Peace movements--California
    Student movements--California--Berkeley
    Students--California--Berkeley--Political activity
    Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Protest movements--California--Berkeley
    Social protest collection Social Protest Project
    Socialist Party of California

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Social Protest Collection was originally known as the Social Protest Project until 1986. The collection was gathered under the auspices of the University of California Berkeley Undergraduate Library and later transferred to the custody of the Collection Development Office. The Bancroft Library acquired the collection in 1972.

    Chronology of the Berkeley Movement, 1960-1971

    The following chronology, compiled by Professor William Rorabaugh of the University of Washington, provides an overview of key protest dates in the Bay Area.
    Mid-May 1960 Protest against House Un-American Activities Committee at San Francisco City Hall
    Mar-Apr 1963 Berkeley City Election; open housing referendum
    March 1964 Sheraton Palace Hotel (San Francisco) civil rights sit-in
    Sep-Dec 1964 Free Speech Movement
    March 1965 Filthy Speech Movement
    Mid-May 1965 Vietnam Day Committee teach-in
    August 1965 Berkeley troop train protests
    Oct 15 1965 Vietnam Day Committee Oakland march
    Nov 15 1965 Second Vietnam Day Committee Oakland march
    Apr-Jun 1966 Robert Scheer Campaign for Congress
    Mar-Apr 1967 Jerry Rubin Campaign for Mayor of Berkeley
    Oct-Dec 1967 Anti-draft campaign, Oakland Induction Center
    May-Jun 1968 Democratic Presidential Primary
    Jun 28-Jul 4, 1968 Berkeley Telegraph Avenue riots 1968
    Sep-Nov 1968 Eldridge Cleaver controversy
    Jan-Apr 1969 Third World Liberation Front campus strike
    May-Jun 1969 People's Park protest
    Oct 15 1969 "The Mobe" Against the War
    April 1970 Cambodian Invasion/Kent State Protests/Reconstitution of the University Crisis, Berkeley
    April 1971 Radicals win three seats on Berkeley City Council

    Scope and Content Note

    The Social Protest Collection, 1943-1982, contains leaflets, flyers, posters, publications, and miscellaneous ephemera. Gathered by the Social Protest Project on Sproul Plaza for the University of California Berkeley undergraduate library during the years 1969-1982, the material primarily relates to the Vietnam War and Civil Rights demonstrations although there is significant material on Black Power, the Women's movement, lesbian and gay rights, Third World issues, the Left and Right, campus labor disputes, and the movement against nuclear power and nuclear weapons.