The movement against the Vietnam War at Stanford University, California, as well as other movements on and around the campus, created a rich documentary legacy. Students and other activists spent innumerable hours researching U.S. foreign policy, the University’s role in Southeast Asia, and the external connections of University trustees, administrators, and faculty members. They relied heavily upon mimeographed fliers, alternative newspapers, and pamphlets to get their messages across. During their nine-day occupation of the Applied Electronic Laboratory (AEL), they took over the building’s printshop and printed an estimated three-quarters of a million sheets of paper. Furthermore, Movement participants wrote for other publications, and other publications wrote about them.
In the summer of 1969, veterans of the April Third Movement—the campus coalition that led the AEL sit-in—formed the Pacific Studies Center (PSC), a non-profit corporation. Among its functions, PSC has maintained and added to an archive of documents from and about the Stanford Movement, from the mid-1960s through the 1970s. In conjunction with the May 1-3 reunion of Stanford activists, PSC has embarked on a project to scan the documents and make them available on the World Wide Web as PDF files.
The documents are ordered chronologically, by academic year. Within each year, documents are organized by topic, roughly in chronological order.
It is our hope that these documents will bring back warm memories to those who were part of the Movement, provide others with a detailed historical perspective, and encourage people today and in the future to continue the fight for peace, freedom, and economic and social justice.
My thanks to chief scanner Martin Gorfinkel and to Jeff Kane for Web format and design.
I expect this project to take several months to complete. If you want to donate materials, time, or money, please let me know.