Papers of the Southern Student Organizing Committee and Thomas N. Gardner [manuscript], 1948-1994 (bulk 1958-1975).


Papers of the Southern Student Organizing Committee and Thomas N. Gardner [manuscript], 1948-1994 (bulk 1958-1975).

The collection contains Tom Gardner's papers as staff member and chairman of the SSOC until its demise in 1969, as a radical campus leader at the University of Virginia, and as an active particpant in anti-war, labor and civil rights protests in the South. There are files of correspondence, memoranda, reports, minutes, broadsides, printed materials, pamphlets, articles, speeches and newsclippings chiefly concerning the Vietnam War and the draft, labor issues in the South, student protests, racial justice, and civil rights. Specific topics of interest include Charlottesville, Va., school desegregation, Henry Howell's campaign for governor, the dissolution of the SSOC, radical student activities at the University of Virginia, the Virginia Research Institute, and a Charlotte County, Va., voter registration project. The collection also contains Gardner's articles "Manpower unchanneled," "SSOC The Southern Student Organizing Committee," and "Enter by this gateway and seek...," published by the University of Virginia Radical Student Union, Gardner's review of Philip Foner's "American labor and the Indochina war," several issues of "The new south student," a February 1969 issue of the "Va. SSOC Newsletter," and a 1990 University of Virginia lecture "White student activists in the 60s - what we did and why." SSOC publications in the collection include "American women, their use and abuse," by Lyn Wells, "The angry children of Malcolm X" by Julius Lester, "An end to history" by Mario Savio, "Farewell to integration" by W. H. Ferry, "An analysis of American racism" by Frank H. Joyce, "The Southern Tenant Farmer's Union" by H. L. Mitchell, and "Southern populism" by Norman Pollack. SSOC organization papers include a handbook, prospectuses, speakers guide, literature list, and informational leaflets. There is also a scrapbook, 1948, concerning the Progressive Party presidential campaign of Henry A. Wallace.

2500 items.


SNAC Resource ID: 7923533

University of Virginia. Library

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