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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3354

Houghton Library collection of anti-nuclear protest armbands


Contains six linen armbands, with text and decorative elements, used at anti-nuclear protests against power plants at Seabrook (New Hampshire), Shoreham (New York), and Dauphin County (Pennsylvania).


  • 1977-1988

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.1 linear feet (1 box)
Contains six variously-colored linen armband, with text and decorative, used in anti-nuclear protests from 1977-1988, including protests in Seabrook (New Hampshire), Shoreham (New York), and Daughphin County (Pennsylvania). Three of the included armbands were worn by members of the Clamshell Alliance, a group active from 1976-1988 who participated in a series of non-violent actions to protest the construction of the nuclear reactor at teh Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. There is also a single armband from the SHAD Alliance, which was involved with the protest against Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant, as well as a single armband worn to protest the nuclear power plant at Three Mile Island after the accident in March 1979.

Biographical / Historical

Anti-nuclear protests grew out of the environmental movement and peaked in the 1970s, spread across political landscapes of the United States. The bulk of nuclear plants that were ordered in the late 1960s raised safety concerns and induced public fears of a possible reactor incident that would release a great amount of radioactivity into the environment. Toward the end of 1970s, the growth of environmental anti-nuclear activism coexisted with anti-war activism that opposed nuclear weapons.The anti-nuclear movement concerned with issues such as the possibility of catastrophic accidents, the facilitation of nuclear weapons due to the spread of nuclear technology, the increased likeability of war due to increased numbers and kinds of nuclear weapons, and the negligence of renewable and abundant energy sources from the natural environment.


Materials are in the order in which they were received from the dealer.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2020M-83. Purchase, Stanley Marcus Endowment for Rare Books, 2020 January.

Processing Information

Processed by Betts Coup, 2020. Description of the collection is derived from that provided by the dealer.
Link to catalog


Houghton Library. Houghton Library collection of anti-nuclear protest armbands, 1977-1988 (MS Am 3354): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2020 February 13
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

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