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Guide to the Student Peace Union Records TAM.057

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Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Student Peace Union (U.S.)
Source - dnr: Vickers, George
Title: Student Peace Union Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1959-1964
Abstract: The Student Peace Union (1959-1964) was an intercollegiate group organized by socialist, pacifist and other anti-war students that was critical of the foreign policy of both the U.S. and the Soviet Union, and protested against the arms race, nuclear weapons testing, racial segregation, the U.S. position during the Cuban Missile Crisis (October, 1962), and the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. The collection contains correspondence, minutes, reports and bulletins documenting activism and SPU annual conventions.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet in one manuscript box.
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM.057

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Historical/Biographical Note

Photocopied collection of records pertaining to the Student Peace Union, an intercollegiate student group organized in 1959 "to study the causes of war and seek constructive alternatives," and "to coordinate the work for peace among students and young people." Later (1960) merged with College Peace Union. The founders and leaders of the SPU were associated with the Young Peoples Socialist League and pacifists associated with the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the American Friends Service Committee. The SPU took a "Third Camp" position, criticizing the foreign policies of both the United States and the Soviet Union. SPU membership peaked in 1962 at 3500, but declined with the rise of the New Left and Students for a Democratic Society, and the organization dissolved in 1964.

Sources:

  • For more information, see the entry in the Encyclopedia of the American Left. See also: Altbach, Philip G., Student Politics in America: a Historical Analysis(1974).

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Scope and Content Note

Collection includes correspondence among leadership discussing policy, tactics, and organizational activity. There are also convention reports, minutes of steering committee, and SPU two publications, the Discussion Bulletin and the Student Peace Union Bulletin. Philip G. Altbach was national chairman. Groups in touch with SPU included American Friends Service Committee, War Resisters' League, and Students for a Democratic Society. Situations most actively protested against were: the arms race, nuclear weapons testing, racial segregation, the U.S. position during the Cuban Missile Crisis (October, 1962), and the U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

Arrangement

The folders are arranged chronologically.

The files are grouped into 1 series.

Missing Title

  1. Container list

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Altbach, Philip G.
  • Vickers, George

Document Type

  • Reports.
  • Correspondence.
  • Minutes (administrative records)
  • Bulletins.

Subject Organizations

  • College Peace Union
  • American Friends Service Committee
  • War Resisters League
  • Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.)
  • Young People's Socialist League
  • Student Peace Union Bulletin

Subject Topics

  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -x Protest movements -- United States.
  • Civil rights movements -- United States.
  • Student movements -- United States.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962.
  • Nuclear disarmament.
  • Peace movements -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection, created by George Vickers was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Collection name; Collection number; box number; folder number;
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by George Vickers, 1974. The accession number associated with this gift is 1964.002.

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Container List

Container list

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Correspondence, Internal Documents, Minutes, Publications
1959-1960
Box: 1 Folder : 2 National Council, Constitution
1960
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence, Internal Documents, Minutes, Publications
1960-1961
Box: 1 Folder : 4 National Council, Convention
1961
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Correspondence, Internal Documents, Minutes, Publications
1961-1962
Box: 1 Folder : 6 National Council, Convention
1962
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Correspondence, Internal Documents, Minutes, Publications
1962-1963
Box: 1 Folder : 8 National Council, Convention
1963
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Correspondence, Internal Documents, Minutes, Publications
1963-1964
Box: 1 Folder : 10 National Council, Convention
1964

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