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  • Title: New Left Collection
    Dates: 1963-2004
    Collection Number: 69001
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 79 manuscript boxes, 5 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder, 1 envelope, 1 microfilm, 3 phonorecords (35.4 linear feet)
    Abstract: Booklets, leaflets, reports, and clippings, relating to the purposes, tactics, and activities of various New Left and right-wing groups, draft resistance, student disorders, and the anti-Vietnam War movement. Collected under the direction of Edward J. Bacciocco.


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], New left collection, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1969. An increment was added in 2011.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Between 1969 and 1973, the New Left collection was developed and maintained at the Hoover Institution as a curatorship under the direction of Dr. Edward J. Bacciocco, author of American New Left: Reform to Revolution, 1956-1970 (Hoover Institution, 1974). The collection now is divided into two groups. Long runs of newspapers, periodicals, and other serial publications are held in the Hoover Institution Serials Department. Ephemera, such as leaflets, pamphlets, newsletters, clippings, and miscellaneous issues of newspapers and periodicals are held as a special collection in the Archives.
    Subject matter is varied and extensive. The collection documents the movement against the war in Vietnam; draft resistance; activity of the Students for a Democratic Society; the marijuana initiative sponsored by the radical coalition in Berkeley, California; the efforts by the Eldridge Cleaver faction of the Black Panther Party to organize a Black Liberation Army; pronouncements of Marxist-Leninist organizations, such as the Venceremos and the Revolutionary Union, high school insurrection; radicals entering electoral politics; the organization of prison inmates for revolutionary purposes; radicals in the professions; planned disruption of the 1972 presidential conventions and election; the American Indian Movement; and radical plans to discredit the American bicentennial celebration.
    The special collection of ephemera in the Archives is continually being enhanced by newly acquired material, including a sizeable increment of materials donated by Mr. Richard Cates in 1974. The holdings of the Serials Department on the New Left has also been increased. Issues of current titles are received on a regular basis and the Bell and Howell microfilm collection of underground newspapers recently was transferred to the Hoover Institution from the Main Library (Stanford University). A published guide to the microfilm, entitled Newspaper Microfilm Collection (PN 4827 U 55 Index 1963/74), is available in the Serials Department.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Bacciocco, Edward J.
    College students--United States.
    Communism--United States.
    Conscientious objectors--United States.
    Draft--United States.
    Radicalism--United States.
    Socialism--United States.
    Student movements--United States.
    Subversive activities--United States.
    United States--Social conditions--1960-1980.
    Universities and colleges--United States.
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements.