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Civil Rights and Education

Introduction to the Collection

Our civil rights collections includes a large amount of unique, ephemeral materials, including flyers and leaflets distributed at demonstrations and protest rallies. 

Featured Collections

John H. Bunzel papers - Speeches and writings, correspondence, minutes, grant proposals, memoranda, reports, studies, hearing transcripts, printed matter, and photographs related to political science, administration of San Jose State University, student radicalism at San Francisco State University, activities of the Institute for Educational Affairs in funding academic research projects, and activities of the Civil Rights Commission in monitoring the status of civil rights in the United States, such as investigating allegations of race or sex discrimination in voting, employment, or housing and considering affirmative action and comparable worth concepts.

Benjamin C. Willis papers - Minutes and verbatim transcripts of meetings, statistics, reports, correspondence, speeches, sound recordings, and motion picture film relating to public education in Chicago. Digital use copies of selected items also available.

Herbert Romerstein papers - Pamphlets, leaflets, serial issues, studies, reports, and synopses of intelligence documents relating to the Communist International, communism and communist front organizations in the United States, Soviet espionage and covert operations, and propaganda and psychological warfare, especially during World War II.

Joseph Shattan papers - Speeches of Jeane Kirkpatrick, Elliott Abrams, William Bennett, George Schultz, and Dan Quayle, letters, memoranda, testimony, bulletins, and printed matter, relating to American foreign and domestic policy during the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George Bush, to human rights violations throughout the world, and to the United Nations.

The Firing Line (TV Program) - The Firing Line broadcast records include videotapes from the Firing Line television show, as well as sound recordings, administrative and speaker files, program research files, photographs, transcripts, and other materials from the show. The types of program research materials available for each program are listed in the Episode Guide. 

Norman Drachler papers - Minutes, reports, studies, pamphlets, clippings, and other printed matter relating to public education, primarily in Detroit.William X. Scheinman papers - Correspondence, writings, reports, bulletins, serial issues, clippings, photographs, sound recordings, video tapes, and motion picture film relating to American relations with Africa, the political and economic development of Kenya and other African countries, assistance to African students in the United States, and especially to the Kenyan political leader Tom Mboya. Includes correspondence with, writings by, and interviews of, Mboya.

Diane Ravitch papers - The Diane Ravitch papers consist of speeches and writings, correspondence, printed matter, reports, and studies relating to education in the United States. She is a professor, prolific writer, and an advocate of improvements in American education. Collection includes research materials used by her for writing books

Chester E. Finn Jr. papers - Speeches and writings, memoranda, reports, correspondence, agenda, and printed matter, relating to education in the United States, and especially to educational policy during the presidential administrations of Richard M. Nixon and Ronald Reagan, and to activities of the Educational Excellence Network and of the United States National Assessment Governing Board.

William Van Til papers - The William Van Til papers document the career of an important figure in the history of American education in the twentieth century. Identified with the progressive movement of John Dewey and William Heard Kilpatrick, Van Til was an early supporter of racial integration in American schools and a proponent of the use of a multicultural curriculum in the classroom. The bulk of the Van Til papers consist of his speeches and writings, along with correspondence between Van Til and his publishers.

James B. Donovan papers - Correspondence, reports, memoranda, studies, drafts of book manuscripts, scrapbooks, notes, photographs, and printed matter relating to the United States Office of Scientific Research and Development and the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, the Nuremberg war crime trials, the Rudolf Abel-Gary Powers spy exchange, the Cuban prisoner exchange following the Bay of Pigs landing, and the New York City Board of Education.

Myers G. Lowman papers - Correspondence, memoranda, pamphlets, photographs, motion picture film, sound recordings, and clippings relating to communism and other leftist movements, the civil rights movement, and anti-communism, primarily in the United States.

Norman Allderdice collection - Pamphlets, leaflets, and other printed ephemera, issued by right-wing, left-wing and other political organizations, and by governmental, business, labor, religious, educational and other organizations, relating to political, social and economic conditions in the United States and abroad, and especially to right-wing and left-wing movements in the United States.

Register of the National Republic records, 1918-1960 - Clippings, printed matter, pamphlets, reports, indices, notes, bulletins, lettergrams, weekly letters, and photographs relating to pacifist, communist, fascist, and other radical movements, and to political developments in the United States and the Soviet Union.

Benjamin F. Holman Papers -  Correspondence, memoranda, racial incident case reports, other reports, pamphlets, press releases, and clippings, relating to desegregation of schools and other facilities in the U.S.; racial or ethnic friction involving black, Hispanic, American Indian and other minority communities; and efforts of the Community Relations Service to resolve such situations.

David Starr Jordan papers - Correspondence, writings, pamphlets, leaflets, clippings, and photographs, relating to pacifism and the movement for world peace, disarmament, international relations, American neutrality in World War I, American foreign and domestic policy, civil liberties in the United States, problems of minorities in the United States, Stanford University, and personal and family matters.

New Left collection - The New Left Collection largely relates to radical movements for political and social change in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s. It is the largest resource in the archives devoted to this turbulent period in American history. Organized alphabetically by subject file, the collections consists of serial issues and other printed matter, and includes a great deal of ephemera, especially leaflets and flyers. Topics covered in the collection include the movement against the Vietnam War; student radicalism; the civil rights movement and black militancy; revolutionary organizations; the women's liberation movement; and the counter-culture.

Carl Gershman papers - Correspondence, speeches and writings, minutes, resolutions, and printed matter relating to the U.S. Mission to the U.N., socialist and radical movements in the U.S., and Social Democrats, U.S.A.

Uncommon Knowledge Video Tapes - Relates to various aspects of American foreign and domestic policy. Television program sponsored by the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace.

Civil rights movement in Alabama pamphlet collection - [Alabama], 1965-1966

Digital Collections - visual and audio materials available 


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