Harvard University Strike Posters Collection
These posters were created during a period of intense student unrest at Harvard University during April 1969.
- 1969 and 1984
Conditions Governing Access
Open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Posters may be oversized and fragile and require special handling. Some posters may be deemed too fragile for research use.
Extent6.3 cubic feet
Posters are each unique and all date from April 1969 unless otherwise noted in the list below.
Production of the Posters
During April 1969, student unrest at Harvard University was mounting. Students took over University Hall in Harvard Yard, Cambridge, Massachusetts, evicted the administrators whose offices were in the building, and eventually were expelled themselves by Massachusetts State Police. During the protests, posters were used in many ways: to express dissent, as notices of meeting places, and as announcements of events. The most prolific group of poster creators was a print workshop set up in the basement of Harvard's Memorial Hall and calling itself "Designers for Peace," which had a sibling group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Protesters were against the University’s expansion into Boston and Cambridge, against involvement in the Vietnam War, and in particular the University’s inclusion of a Reserve Officers Training Corps on campus.
A visual inventory of the posters is available in the Harvard University Archives reading room. This paper inventory includes images of all the posters. Request the visual inventory of the Strike Posters collection from Public Services staff in the Harvard University Archives reading room.
These posters were acquired from a variety of sources. Librarians, activists, and others wishing to preserve the history of the 1969 student strike saved posters that had been displayed or used during protests and donated them to the Harvard University Archives.
Some of the posters have been digitized and are available online. Links to digitized posters accompany descriptions.
This document last updated 2019 August 15.
Processed by Anne Britton,2007. Finding aid written and encoded by Kate Bowers.
- Harvard University Strike Posters Collection : an inventory
- Harvard University Archives
- Language of description
- EAD ID
Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository
Holding nearly four centuries of materials, the Harvard University Archives is the principal repository for the institutional records of Harvard University and the personal archives of Harvard faculty, as well as collections related to students, alumni, Harvard-affiliates and other associated topics. The collections document the intellectual, cultural, administrative and social life of Harvard and the influence of the University as it emerged across the globe.
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