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GI Underground Press Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR000485
The papers of the GI Underground Press reflect the involvement of American servicemen in the anti-war movement as well as their cooperation with civilian anti-war groups.

Series 1: Newspapers, newsletters, leaflets and other materials relating to the anti-war movement within the United States military. There is a small amount of material from the American Servicemen's Union.

Dates

  • 1967 - 1971
  • Majority of material found in 1970 - 1970

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.

Extent

3.5 Linear Feet (7MB)

Overview

The records of the GI Underground Press consist of newspapers and newsletters printed by servicemen in different branches of the armed forces during the Vietnam War. Materials relating to the American Servicemen's Union, a short-lived attempt to organize enlisted men and non-commissioned officers, are also included. The records reflect the involvement of American servicemen in the anti-war movement as well as their cooperation with civilian anti-war groups.

History

The collection consists of newspapers and newsletters printed by servicemen belonging to the different branches of the armed forces during the Vietnam War. These newspapers contain articles, editorials and correspondence from readers protesting established military policies, discrimination against and harassment of blacks and women in the service as well as American involvement in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

Frequently, military protesters worked in conjunction with their civilian counterparts, particularly student activists to organize rallies and demonstrations. The presence of identical articles and cartoons in a wide range of servicemen's newspapers indicates the coordinated efforts of the anti-war groups throughout the services here and abroad. Included with this collection are materials relating to the American Servicemen's Union, a short lived attempt to formally unionize enlisted men and non-commissioned officers in all branches of the United States military.

Arrangement of the papers

Arranged in 1 series- Series 1 (Boxes 1-7).

Acquisition

The papers of the GI Underground Press were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in June of 1971 and May of 1972 by Robert Wbrosz, former service- man with the United States Air Force and were opened for research in September of 1984.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in September 1984.
Title
Guide to GI Underground Press Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library; encoded by Jen Roby.
Date
1984-09
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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