Guide to the Vietnam War Collection, 1967-1972

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Overview of the Collection

Administrative History

Scope and Content Note

Administrative Information

Restrictions

Subjects and Contributors

Arrangement

Detailed Description of the Collection


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives, Connecticut College
Creator: Connecticut College.
Title: Vietnam War collection
Dates: 1967-1972 (bulk 1970)
Call Number: RG73
Extent: 0.50 cubic feet (1 box)
Language: In English
Abstract: Materials documenting Connecticut College’s response to and activities surrounding the Vietnam War, 1967-1972.

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Administrative History

The Connecticut College community’s response to the Vietnam War began in 1967, when the 366th Air Police Squadron’s “Tiger Flight” Unit contacted Connecticut College about the possibility of organizing a photo contest to help boost morale among airmen. 23 photographs of volunteer student contestants were submitted to be voted on by members of “Tiger Flight,” and two students were selected as “Tiger Queen” and “Princess.” Student newspaper coverage of the contest encouraged campus support of the unit, but took a politically neutral stance on the war.

By 1968, campus attitudes began to shift. In April, students hosted a political forum on the war featuring opposing views from Father Daniel Lyons (The Vietnam Crisis), Michael Parenti, I. Milton Sacks, and Howard Zinn (Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal). In October 1969, Connecticut College participated in the national Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam, a demonstration and teach-in protesting US involvement in war activities. A few months later, the campus community voted to cancel classes for a week (May 5-12, 1970) to protest the US invasion of Cambodia and the killing of four students at Kent State University on May 4. Protest activities continued through the summer of 1970, but diminished in scope through 1972.

 

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Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the response of the Connecticut College community to activities surrounding the Vietnam War. Materials discuss student and faculty reactions, campus activities, and responses from parents, board members, and administrators.

Of interest is documentation of a weeklong strike in May 1970, in which the Connecticut College community joined other college campuses in canceling classes to protest US activities in Vietnam and Cambodia and the killing of four students at Kent State University.

 

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Vietnam War Collection. Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives, Connecticut College.

Processed By

Rebecca Parmer, 2015; updated February 2016.

Acquisitions Information

Transferred from several Connecticut College offices, date unknown.

 

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Subjects and Contributors

 
Names:
Shain, Charles E.
Organizations:
Connecticut College
Connecticut College--Students.
Connecticut College for Women
Subjects:
Student movements.
Student protesters.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements--United States.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Public opinion--United States.

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Arrangement

Organized chronologically in a single series.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection

Box Folder Description Date(s)
1 1, 2 “Tiger Queen” Photo Contest (2 folders) 1967
  3 Campus Response to CIA Recruiters 1967
  4 Press Coverage of Campus Activities 1967-1968
  5 Vietnam Forum 4/16/1968
6 Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam 10/1969
7 March on Washington 1969
  May Strike 
8   Washington Delegation 1970
9   Proposal and Resolution to Strike 5/5-5/6/1970
10   “Strike Connecticut College” Daily Newsletter 1970
11   Planning and Activities 1970
12   Student Reflection Papers 1970
13   Parents’ Weekend Activities 1970
14   Vote to Resume Classes 1970
15   Correspondence with Susan Eckert Lynch ‘62 1970
16   Communications from Other Colleges 1970
17  Responses to 1970
18 Summer Strike Activities 1970-1972, 1980
19 Photographs 1969-1970

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