Douglas J. Dawson personal archive
Douglas J. Dawson was a member of the Harvard College Class of 1970, and he received his AB in March 1971. The collection contains Dawson's Harvard course notes, essays, syllabi, and reading lists, Harvard admissions and financial aid materials, flyers and other political ephemera from the 1969 Harvard student strike and anti-Vietnam War protests, and several Harvard publications, all of which document Dawson's academic and political activities as an undergraduate student at Harvard.
- 1964-1971 and [undated]
- Dawson, Douglas J. (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Extent1.5 cubic feet (2 document boxes, 2 flat boxes, 1 card box)
The Douglas J. Dawson personal archive documents Dawson's social, political, and academic activities as an undergraduate student at Harvard. The collection includes notes, essays, syllabi, and reading lists from various Harvard classes; Harvard admissions and financial aid materials; flyers distributed during the student strike of 1969, including issues of the Old Mole; flyers distributed on the Vietnam War and nonviolent direct action, circa 1970; newspaper clippings regarding the draft board protest at Boston Army Base, May 1970; and Dawson’s Harvard AB diploma, dated March 8, 1971. There are also several Harvard publications, including issues of the Harvard Lampoon, Harvard Crimson, Winthrop House Lion Rampant,Yardling, and others. The collection includes a paper mask with the face of Fred Glimp, dean of Harvard College, which was created to be worn by students during protests in the late 1960s, most likely at the October 1967 Dow Chemical protest.
Biographical note on Douglas J. Dawson
Douglas J. Dawson was a member of the Harvard College Class of 1970; he received his AB in March 1971.
Historical note on the Harvard 1969 Strike
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 (ROTC) on campus.
The records are arranged in three series:
- Academic materials, 1964-1971 and [undated]
- Political and personal ephemera, [circa 1967-1970]
- Publications, 1966-1970
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated to the Harvard University Archives by Douglas J. Dawson in March 2018; accession 2018.570.
This collection was processed by Olivia Mandica-Hart in January-Fenruary 2019. Titles were transcribed from the documents; title enclosed in brackets were devised by the archivist.
- Harvard students' essays.
- Black and white photographs.
- Dawson, Douglas J.
- Harvard College (1780- ). Class of 1970.
- Harvard Lampoon (Organization)
- Harvard University -- Curricula.
- Harvard University -- Student life.
- Harvard University -- Student strike, 1969.
- Harvard University -- Student unrest.
- Harvard University -- Students -- Clothing.
- Harvard University -- Students -- Political activity.
- Harvard students' notes.
- Jackets (garments)
- Newspaper clippings.
- Printed ephemera.
- Student unrest
- Students -- Political activity -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge.
- Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.)
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge.
- Dawson, Douglas J. Douglas J. Dawson personal archive, 1964-1971 and [undated] : an inventory
- Harvard University Archives
- January 20, 2019
- Description rules
- 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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