Student Activism at Brandeis Collection Edit


05 MWalB00345A


  • 1951 to the present (Creation)


  • 4.00 Linear Feet (Whole)
    1 record center box, 1 map drawer, 1 oversize rolled object

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  • Arrangement

    Arranged in four series: 1. Exhibit and Conference Planning Materials, 1998-2000; 2. Exhibit Subject Files, 1951-present; 3. Conference Photographs, 2000; 4. National Student Strike Center Subject Files, 1970.

    Within each series the materials have been organized alphabetically.

    For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing.

  • 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.  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, Brandies University.

  • Accruals and Additions

    In the original collection Brandeis Student Activism: 1948-2000 was created when gathering materials for an exhibit and conference. Additional student activism materials began to be added to the collection in 2010.

  • Custodial History

    Materials come from many varied sources including alumni, faculty, staff, current students, and items collected from campus by the University Archivist.

  • Preferred Citation

    Student Activism at Brandeis Collection, 1948-2000: Be Realistic...Demand the Impossible, Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University

  • Other Descriptive Information

    Addenda to this collection may not be listed in the finding aid, but may be available for research use. Please contact us for more information.

  • Biographical or Historical Information

    “Be Realistic… Demand the Impossible: Brandeis Student Activism 1948-2000” was the name of an exhibit presented at the Robert D. Farber University Archives from February through May, 2000. The exhibit was produced in coordination with a mini-conference entitled “Student Protests 1969-1970: Brandeis and America” which took place April 12, 2000 in Rapaporte Treasure Hall. The conference and exhibit were both organized by archives staff. The exhibit featured photographs, newspaper articles, and videotape highlighting examples of student activism both on and off-campus dating back to the University’s founding. Topics ranged from global issues such as nuclear disarmament and world hunger to Brandeis- specific issues such as university administration, racism and daily campus life. The conference included panel discussions on the Ford Hall occupation (1969) and the National Strike Information Center (1970), as well as two special lectures on the national arena in 1969-70. Panelists included alumni and faculty who participated in the Ford Hall occupation or worked with the National Strike Information Center. Both guest speakers were professors emeritis from local universities.

  • Related Materials

    For addidtional issues of the Strike Newsletter and more Ford Hall Takeover materials, please see the Gordon Fellman Papers.

    For videos of WGBH broadcasts featuring Brandeis University activism visit the Digitial Commonwealth website.

  • Scope and Contents

    Files in this collection were created from 1951 to the present. Materials include newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, videotape and handwritten notes. Subjects covered by the files include civil rights, the Vietnam War, apartheid in South Africa, and others. Many of these materials were not used in the final exhibit, but provide rich information on the history of student activism at Brandeis. The collection has been expanded to include activism materials collected and produced after the exhibit and panels in 2000.


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    1 record center box
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    Map drawer 1