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Student Activists Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR000740
Series 1: Student League for Industrial Democracy Minutes of committee meetings, financial statements, correspondence, publications, pamphlets, leaflets, newspaper articles.

Series 2: Students for a Democratic Society Minutes of committee meetings, correspondence, pamphlets, articles. Detailed material on Conference on Human Rights in the North. Materials relating to S.D.S. collected by Tom Kahn, especially relating to 1965 L.I.D.-S.D.S. controversy over S.D.S. activities.

Series 3: Affiliated Organizations Minutes of meetings, memoranda, circulars, pamphlets, conference materials from student organizations with which S.L.I.D. and S.D.S. worked or with which they were affiliated. These include: Youth Adult Council, International Union of Socialist Youth, Young Peoples Socialist League, Young Socialist League, and the National Student Association.

Dates

  • 1946 - 1966
  • Majority of material found within 1957 - 1961

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

4.5 Linear Feet (9 MB)

Abstract

The Student League for Industrial Democracy, later renamed Students for a Democratic Society, was a liberal college student organizations which gained much fame in the 1960s. With roots dating back to the earliest student organizations, it did not expand its influence until the era of the civil rights movement, at which time it changed names. Their records cover this transitional period, reflecting the beginning of SDS's theoretical development and activism. More specifically, the records document the daily operations of the national organization office in New York City.

History

The Student League for Industrial Democracy, later renamed Students for a Democratic Society, was a liberal college student organization which gained much fame in the 1960's. It traces its history back to the first student organization in the United States, the Intercollegiate Socialist Society, formed in 1905 by Upton Sinclair. In the 1930's it became the student division of the League for Industrial Democracy. As S.L.I.D., its activities were limited to arranging speakers, and sponsoring an occasional conference until the late 50's. With the impetus of the Civil Rights movement, and the burgeoning student attendance at universities, the level of activity began to increase.. The organization's name was changed to Students for a Democratic Society in 1960, and under the leadership of (Robert) Alan Haber and Tom Hayden, began to expand its membership, and influence. The collection covers this transitional period, reflecting the beginning of S-.D.S.'s theoretical development and activism. The papers reflect the daily operations of the national organization office in New York City.

The later years of S.D.S., which are not covered in this collection, evidence heavy involvement in many political issues, including civil rights and the war in Viet Nam. Beginning as passive resistance, action eventually moved to violent rebellion. By 1970, S.D.S. was splintered into factions such as the Weathermen, and the group which allied with the Progressive Labor Party. S.D.S., as such, ceased to function on the national level.

Arrangement

Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-3), Series 2 (Boxes 4-7) and Series 3 (Boxes 8-9). Folders in Series 1 and 2 are arranged alphabetically by topic and subject, folders in Series 3 are grouped by organization.

Acquisition

The papers of the Student League for Industrial Democracy and the Students for a Democratic Society were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs on October 1, 1974 by Judy Bardacke, Executive Director of the League for Industrial Democracy.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Title
Guide to the Student Activists Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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