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Twentieth-Century Political Pamphlet Collection


The provenance of this collection is unclear. Most of the materials appear to have been acquired by the MU Libraries at the time of publication.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of ephemeral political materials distributed by and for members of national organizations and political committees. The majority of the materials relate to New Left organizations from the 1960s, but examples from the 1940s to the early 1990s are also included. Many of the materials are concerned with civil rights, anti-war protest, feminism, and economic policy. Current events in China, Cuba, Europe and the Middle East are also discussed. Organizations represented include Students for a Democratic Society, Southern Student Organizing Committee, Radical Education Project, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and several others. The collection offers primary source material to researchers interested in the various social protest movements of the 1960s.


The collection is available to all researchers in the Special Collections reading room during regular service hours. Materials do not circulate. A collection-level record is available in the MERLIN catalog under the call number E740.5 .T882 1940, and specific titles may be accessed using the finding aid below.