Did you join a group or political movement? Did you march? Write a letter to the editor? Check out sample FBI files from the University Archives, rally posters, bumper stickers, and more. As Carol Hanisch wrote in her 1969 essay, “The personal is political.”
At the height of the anti-war movement, in 1968-71, the FBI conducted surveillance of suspected groups on the UI campus, including the local chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). Heavily-redacted files of the FBI’s activity were obtained by the Des Moines Register under the Freedom of Information Act many years later and are housed at UI Archives.
Marion Huit served as dean of students and the University’s ombudsman for more than 30 years. During the peak of student unrest, in 1970, he held “office hours” to meet with students about their concerns.
A flyer, ca 1970 urging students and staff to go on strike
Heloise’s Helpful Hints’ was a play on the then-popular syndicated newspaper column. This particular flier, ca 1970, includes tips on reacting to tear gas and wearing appropriate attire and equipment, if available.
The photo depicts a mixed group of protestors: some faculty, spouses, townspeople, and students. The photo may have been taken by a Daily Iowan photographer.
In response to student and faculty demands, the Faculty Senate in December 1967 passed a resolution urging students to “renew their questioning of public policy in orderly discussion,” and seek out faculty members and outside visitors who might participate. The result was the Action Studies Program, implemented in 1968, offering non-traditional classes and projects intended to explore issues of current interest.
The Compost, a local resource guide, was a 1971 project of the Action Studies Program.
The Action Studies Program was implemented in 1968 in response to student and faculty demands for a forum devoted to discussion of public policy.
In 1966, the Associated Women Students, an interdormitory governing council, sponsored a forum addressing growing U.S. military involvement in Vietnam.
The Center for Draft Information and Counseling was established in 1971. This log sheet documents inquiries from draft-eligible men, both on campus and from elsewhere in Iowa, concerning their status and options.
A photographic essay by Dave Luck, designed and printed in Typography Laboratory, University of Iowa School of Journalism, Spring 1969