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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Students for a Democratic Society Records, 1962-1978



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.). University of Texas Chapter.
Title: Students for a Democratic Society Records
Dates: 1962-1978
Abstract: Materials pertain to the activities, including protests and meetings, of the University of Texas SDS and associated student organizations.
Accession No.: 2001-032; 2002-112; 2013-293
Extent: 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

The Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) formed in 1960 out of the Student League for Industrial Democracy. The New Left organization championed civil rights for African Americans, Mexicans, and other minority groups as well as social-political reforms, including public welfare programs and workers’ rights. It protested the war in Vietnam, racial discrimination, and anti-communism. In 1962, the SDS held its first national convention and drafted the Port Huron Statement, which outlined their motivation and goals, advocating nonviolent civil disobedience and uniting forces with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. The next year, six official university chapters and several unofficial chapters, including University of Texas at Austin, had formed.

The Austin chapter focused on local Texas political and social issues. These included the Board of Regents’ controversial policies against the SDS and similar organizations under Frank Erwin’s chairmanship, labor strikes and newspapers to represent workers’ rights and opinions, and protests against discriminatory sentencing practices and restrictions on people’s First Amendment rights.

In the late 1960s, the SDS split into several factions, including the Revolutionary Youth Movement and the Worker Student Alliance. However, most SDS chapters dissolved by the mid-1970s, not to appear again until the early 21st century.

Source:

Sale, Kirkpatrick. SDS. New York: Vintage Books, 1973.

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Scope and Contents

The Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) Records, 1962-1978, contains original flyers and an article, as well as photocopies of meeting reports, UT press releases, correspondence and memoranda by UT staff (including Harry Ransom), and newspaper clippings. Materials pertain to the activities, including protests and meetings, of the SDS and associated student organizations.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.). University of Texas Chapter -- Archives.
University of Texas at Austin -- Students.
Subjects
New Left -- Texas.
Liberalism -- Texas.
Civil rights workers -- Texas.
Employee rights -- Texas.
Places
Austin (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
Texas -- History -- Sources.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Students for a Democratic Society Records, 1962-1978, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Subsequent revisions were made by Laurel Rozema, July 2010 and Stefanie Lapka, November 2013.

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2J115 Photocopies of reports, press releases, correspondence and memos, and newspaper clippings, 1967-1971
Original flyers and article, undated
“Fact Sheets” on imperialism, promoted by SDS subgroup Friends of the Progressive Labor Party and authored by Howard Hertz, 1969
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2L4025 Police records [photocopies], 1967-1971, undated
Reports and member profiles
SDS lawsuit correspondence, 1977-1978
News clippings and editorials, 1967
Surveillance photos
"SMC," undated
Photograph file, 1962-1965
Videotape on the SDS, undated

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