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Washington State Uuniversity Student Protests Ephemera, 1970-1972
Overview of the Collection
- Washington State Uuniversity Student Protests Ephemera
- 0.75 linear feet of shelf space, (1 Box)
- Collection Number
- Archives 315 (collection)
- The collection consists primarily of leaflets, handouts, newsletter, and similar ephemeral publications created and distributed on the Washington State University campus by political activists between 1970 and 1972. A few newspaper clippings and official university statements are also included.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open and available for research use.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
In May, 1970 Washington State University students organized a university-wide student strike, making a list of eleven demands with the goal of “eliminating racism from our institution.” Involved student organizations included the Black Student Union (BSU), Chicano student organization (MeCHA), Women’s Liberation Front (WLF), and Young Socialist Alliance (YSA). President Glenn Terrell initially rejected the demands, but eventually published a response which included a mandatory ten day workshop for the fall to heighten faculty awareness of racism; 3,000 students protested that decision on May 21, 1970. On May 28, 1970, the Resident Instructional Staff (RIS) approved of two racism workshops, one for the fall of 1970 and one for the spring of 1971 (For materials from and about the racism workshops, see UA 277). The first racism workshop took place on October 7-8, 1970 and attracted 20,000 people. Protests continued in the spring of 1971, when the Graduate Student Association (GSA) initiated a referendum to protest a rise in student fees to pay for the rebuilding of Rogers Stadium. Additionally, the campus group Citizen's Mobilization Committee to End the War began organizing demonstrations against U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War during the spring of 1970, and led events like “Project Marshmallow,” peace marches, bread boycotts, and a campus-wide student moratorium against the conflict in Southeast Asia in the spring semester, 1972.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The collection consists primarily of leaflets, handouts, newsletter, and similar ephemeral publications created and distributed on the Washington State University campus by political activists between 1970 and 1972. A few newspaper clippings and official university statements are also included.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Restrictions on Use
Copyright may apply.
Washington State Uuniversity Student Protests Ephemera, 1970-1972 (UA 315)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
This small collection has been organized into five folders based on subject and format; the five folders are organized chronologically, and the materials within each folder are in a loose chronological order.
The materials in this collection were compiled from two vertical files (1307 and 2325) compiled at the WSU Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) in the early 1970s. They were combined and processed in February, 2012.
This collection was processed by Shawna Herzog.
MASC also holds a number of items relating to the student protests, including but not limited to:
Archives 277. Racism Workshop Papers 1970-1971
Archives 278. Regents President's (Harold Romberg) Protest Papers 1970
Cage 706. Barbara J. Sibley Student Activism Collection, 1969-1973.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
|1||1||Student Strike: Flyers, pamphlets, and schedules from students and campus groups concerning racism on campus, calls to support the strike, and schedules from the Resident Instructional Staff (RIS) who were critical to the execution of strike activities and the hub of the “Strike Steering Committee.”||1970|
|1||2||Student Strike: University and department memos in response to student strike demands and activities.||1970|
|1||3||Student strike: Newspaper coverage of the strike between May 26th and 30th, 1970 from the Daily Evergreen and the Spokane Daily Chronicle||May, 1970|
|1||4||GSA Referendum: “Open letter to President Terrell” discussing the concern over recent budget decisions and decision to initiate a student referendum||1971|
|1||5||Citizen Mobilization Committee: Flyers, song lyrics, pamphlets, and schedules for events||1970-1972|
|1||6||Administrative: vertical file cards||undated|
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Student strikes
- Washington State University