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|Named Person:||Paul Booth; Rennie Davis; Bernardine Dohrn; Todd Gitlin; Alan Haber; Tom Hayden; Paul Potter; C Clark Kissinger|
|Material Type:||Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Archival Material, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.)|
|Description:||22.1 c.f. (56 archives boxes) 24 tape recordings, and. 41 reels of microfilm (35 mm.); plus. additions of 1.2 c.f.|
National office records include voluminous correspondence of leaders such as Todd Gitlin, Paul Potter, and Clark Kissinger, reports, minutes, membership lists, pamphlets, registration forms, newsletters, clippings, and check stubs. These records relate to conventions and meetings, projects involving the anti-war movement and South Africa, publications, and intra-organization matters and relations with local chapters and other organizations. ERAP, which was headed by Rennie Davis, sought to organize a radical political movement among the poor. This section includes files on meetings, publications, and projects such as its extensive work among the poor in Chicago.
PREP, which served as a clearinghouse and publisher for research on peace, disarmament, and foreign policy, is documented by correspondence, leaflets, manuscripts, newsletters, prospectuses, reports, and files on Boston PREP. One-half box of correspondence, memos, minutes, leaflets, prospectuses, and reports document PEP's efforts to push national electoral politics leftward in 1964.
The third series consists of 23 boxes regarding the operations of the national office from late 1964 to 1970 when SDS became increasingly action-oriented, violent, and fractious, ultimately dividing into Progressive Labor, Weathermen, and Revolutionary Youth Movement. Included are correspondence (containing many references to Paul Booth and Bernadine Dohrn); minutes, notes, resolutions, and further correspondence of the national conventions and meetings; office files; project and subject files; reference files; and material concerning local chapters and related groups.
All of the above is available on 34 reels of microfilm produced by the Microfilm Corporation of America, together with a printed descriptive guide, "The Students for a Democratic Society Papers, 1958-1970." In addition the microfilm edition includes 7 reels of SDS serial pamphlets and ephemera gathered from the Tamiment and State Historical Society of Wisconsin Libraries. The printed guide contains an index to correspondents who were not members of SDS. A positive copy of this film is in the Historical Society Library. Also part of the manuscript collection, but not available with the microfilm edition, are 24 tape recordings of SDS conferences, conventions, meetings, and speeches; the April 17, 1965, March on Washington; and the 1966 National Conference for New Politics Electoral Campaign Institute.
- Booth, Paul.
- Davis, Rennie.
- Dohrn, Bernardine.
- Gitlin, Todd.
- Haber, Alan.
- Hayden, Tom.
- Potter, Paul.
- Kissinger, C. Clark.
- Economic Research and Action Project.
- League for Industrial Democracy.
- National Conference for New Politics.
- Peace Research and Education Project.
- Political Education Project.
- Progressive Labor Party.
- Revolutionary Youth Movement.
- Student League for Industrial Democracy (U.S.)
- Weather Underground Organization.
- Community organization.
- Demonstrations -- Washington (D.C.)
- Elections -- United States -- 1964.
- Pacifism -- United States.
- Poor -- Illinois -- Chicago.
- Radicalism -- United States.
- Students -- Political activity -- United States.
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements -- United States.
- Youth movements -- United States.
- South Africa.