Gordon Fellman papers Edit


03 MWalB00024A


  • 1949-2006, undated (Creation)
  • 1960-2006 (Creation)
  • Date acquired: 19980600 (Other)


  • 16.00 Linear Feet (Whole)

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  • Biographical or Historical Information

    Gordon Fellman has been a member of the Brandeis faculty since 1964, having previously obtained a BA from Antioch College and a PhD. in Sociology from Harvard University. He is currently a Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program. During his tenure at Brandeis, Professor Fellman has been both a witness to, and a participant in, many campus events that had national significance. In the late 1960s and early 1970s the occupation of Ford Hall and the organization of the National Strike Center were seminal moments in the history of American and African-American student activism. Professor Fellman actively collected materials on the occupation by scouring the campus for fliers, handouts, and other material related to these activities and movements. In the 1980s Professor Fellman was active in the American Anti-Apartheid movement, and in particular opposing the use of University investments in South Africa.  He has been crucial in bringing world attention to the plight of Tibet and in organizing the 1998 visit of the Dalai Lama to Brandeis. His publications include The Deceived  Majority: Politics and Protest in Middle America (1973), and Rambo and the Dalai Lama: The Compulsion to Win and its Threat to Human Survival (1998).

  • Scope and Contents

    The files in this collection were created  from 1949 to 2006. They include correspondence, memos, posters, and fliers; local, student, and national newspaper coverage; manuscript notes; and videos. There is considerable primary documentation of the events and dialogue between the participants of the 1960s and 1970s student protest movements at Brandeis and across the nation. A substantial amount of secondary material reflects the wider view of the social and political turmoil surrounding the Vietnam War. A later section documents the student and faculty attempts to force the University to divest its endowment of stock in companies that were active in South Africa during the 1980s.  This collection also includes materials related to Fellman's teaching, research, and writing.

  • Arrangement

    Arranged in fifteen series: 1. Ford Hall Occupation, 1969-1970, undated; 2. Gryzmish Sit-in, 1969, undated; 3. National Strike Center, 1969-1997, undated; 4. Pearlman Occupation, 1975; 5. Tibet, 1995; 6. Dalai Lama, 1998-1999; 7. Other Research Interests, 1966-1989, undated; 8. Videos, 1995-2006, undated; 9. South Africa, Apartheid and Divestment, 1978-1987, undated; 10. CIA, 1987; 11. Newspapers, 1967-1973; 12. Dissertation, 1960-1995, undated; 13. Brandeis Course Materials and Events, 1966-2004, undated; 14. Inner Belt, 1949-1980, undated; 15. Correspondence, 1964-1998, undated.


    Materials are arranged alphabetically or chronologically by sub-series, or in original subject order. For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing.

    13 record center boxes, 4 manuscript boxes, 1 oversized flat box

  • Source of Acquisition

    Donated by Professor Gordon Fellman between June 1998 and June 2016.

  • Custodial History

    The custodial history of this collection is varied, as some materials were created by Gordon Fellman but many were not. Specifically, the materials on the Ford Hall Takeover of 1969 and the National Strike Information Center were largely created by the students involved in those efforts. The majority of the National Strike Information Center materials consist of items left behind by the activists who were working from the Sociology Department offices. The Ford Hall Takeover materials have various creators, including students from both inside and outside of the movement, administrators, faculty, and other community members. The materials documenting Ford Hall were sought out, collected, and then curated by Gordon Fellman for many years before they came to the archives, and have become inseparable from his personal files.

    This custodial history was reconstructed and compiled through informal interviews with Gordon Fellman in 2018 by the University Archivist.

  • General

    The following folder was discovered to be MISSING on 1/23/06: Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars, Harvard University, n.d.

  • Accruals

    Addendum 17 cu ft received 2001 (12 record center boxes, 5 tape boxes)

  • Related Materials

    For copies of Strike Newsletter numbers 1-3 (1970) please see Student Activism collection Also see Gordon Fellman's web site at http://people.brandeis.edu/~fellman/index.html

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University. Some material is restricted. Please contact the department for more information.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

  • Preferred Citation

    Gordon Fellman papers, Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University


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