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COLLECTION Identifier: HUM 366

Thomas R. Adams collection of Harvard student strike memorabilia

Overview

Thomas R. Adams graduated from Harvard Law School in 1969 who was a third-year law student at the time of the Harvard student strike; he was appointed by dean Derek Bok to act as a law school student representative to a faculty committee dealing with the strike. The collection documents the 1969 strike from the perspective of the students and alumni, particularly from the Law School, with issues of the Crimson, flyers, and other publications; and the perspective of Harvard’s administration, with the Committee of Fifteen statements, official memoranda, and a statement from Radcliffe College president Mary I. Bunting.

Dates

  • 1969

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Extent

.58 cubic feet (1 half-document box, 1 flat box)
Collection of 1969 student strike memorabilia compiled by Harvard Law School student Thomas R. Adams during his time as a student representative to a faculty committee dealing with the strike. Includes documents and ephemera from the duration of the strike through the spring and summer of 1969, including detailed descriptions of protest events, from the perspectives of the administration, alumni, and student organizers. Documents from the administration include a medical report describing physical traumas experienced by student protesters who were brutalized by the police, a response from the Board of Overseers, a statement by the Harvard Corporation, and a number of letters written by committees formed of Faculty of Arts and Sciences Faculty, including the Fainsod Committee, the Committee of Fifteen, and the Council of the Harvard Graduate Society for Advanced Study and Research. Materials from student and alumni led organizations include publications, such “How Harvard Rules,” the Old Mole, the Harvard Crimson, a compilation of essays and official documents from the Harvard administration, and issues of the alumni-created publication “Rap-Up,” which details the events of the University Hall occupation and the strike that followed. The collection also contains student-made flyers, as well as statements and essays released by student organizations involved in the strike, including Students for a Democratic Society, the Harvard-Radcliffe Young Peoples Socialist League, and the Harvard Law School.

Biographical note on Thomas R. Adams

Thomas R. Adams graduated from Harvard Law School in 1969. He was a third-year law student at the time of the student strike and was appointed by dean Derek Bok to act as a law school student representative to a faculty committee dealing with the strike.
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.

Arrangement

The collection was arranged in alphabetical order by the archivist.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Thomas R. Adams, October 2018; Accession 2019.223.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Olivia Mandica-Hart in December 2019. Processing included physical re-housing and the creation of this finding aid.
Link to catalog
Title
Thomas R. Adams collection of Harvard student strike memorabilia, 1969 : an inventory
Status
in_progress
Author
Harvard University Archives
Date
July 8, 2019
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English
EAD ID
hua08019

Repository Details

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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