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Series XX. Student Peace Union (SPU)

Scope and Content Notes:

The Student Peace Union (SPU), founded in 1959, initially focused on nuclear disarmament but expanded to a broader range of peace issues including opposition to the war in Vietnam. Before the expansion of SDS in the mid-1960s the SPU was the largest organization of New left college students with a peak membership of perhaps 5,000. The organization was eclipsed by a combination of internal factional disputes and the rapid expansion of SDS after 1964. Most of the SPU material in the American Left Ephemera Collection came from the papers of a Philadelphia activist, Tom Barton.


Box 11
Folder 139 "Highlander Center: An Approach to Culture and Social Change" Pamphlet
Folder 140 Washington Protest Newspaper Article, February 19 1962
Folder 141 Letter Explaining the Political Climate of Chicago, July 29, 1963
Folder 142 "Secondary Concerns and Role Structure: A Case Study of the Student Peace Union", December 20 1961
Folder 143 Brooklyn SPU Protest Flyers (Nuclear, Jim Crow, Defense), April 1962
Folder 144 Army Education Center Postcard, December 1963
Folder 145 "What Are You Doing About Your Undeclared War?" Flyer and Event Details, June 3 1963
Folder 146 "The Youth Peace Corps and the Cold War" Information Sheet
Folder 147 SPU Program Statement
Folder 148 "Nuclear Testing" Statement Released by SPU National Steering Committee, October 3 1961
Folder 149 "Toward a Meaningful Peace Corps" Student Petition, April 1961
Folder 150 "Civil Liberties" Information Sheet and Statement of Purpose
Folder 151 "Adopt Arnoni's Vietnam Proposal!" Propaganda Sheet, 1965
Folder 152 "For a Turn Toward Peace" Petition/Flyer, 1962
Folder 153 "No Resumption of U.S. Nuclear Tests in the Atmosphere" Flyer
Folder 154 "Policy Statement" from Washington D.C. Protest
Folder 155 "Washington Action Project" Memo, January 11, 1961
Folder 156 "Call to a Conference on Student Peace Action" Flyer, December 2-3 1961
Folder 157 "A Christmas Day Protest Against Resumption of Atmospheric Testing" Flyer, December 25 1961
Folder 158 "Washington Action" Flyer
Folder 159 "Walk on Washington" Information Sheet, 1962
Folder 160 "Call to Action for Letters to Kennedy" Flyer
Folder 161 "Student Action For a Turn Toward Peace" Flyer, 1961
Folder 162 "Turn Toward Peace" Pamphlet, 1961
Folder 163 "A Proposal for the Student Peace Movement" Research Paper, 1962
Folder 164 SYU Business-Educational Meeting "Washington Peace Project" Flyer, 1962
Folder 165 "Washington Action Rally" Flyer, 1962
Folder 166 "USA! USSR! NO!" Flyer, 1962
Folder 167 "Student Action for a Turn Toward Peace: Washington Project" Pamphlet, February 16-17 1962
Folder 168 "News From the Peace Front" Flyer, 1961
Folder 169 "The Cuban Crisis and It's Aftermath" Flyer
Folder 170 "Peace March" Newspaper Article, April 22 1962
Folder 171 Student Institute on Non-Violence and Social Change Meeting Flyer
Folder 172 "Problems of Peace" Flyer
Folder 173 New York Regional Newsletter, February 14 1964
Folder 174 "HEMP Marijuana Prohibition Protest" Flyer
Folder 175 New York Regional Newsletter - Easter Edition, March 15, 1964
Folder 176 "Bertrand Russell on the War in Vietnam" Pamphlet, 1963
Folder 177 "No More Hiroshimas" Flyer
Folder 178 "Struggle for Peace and Freedom" Leaflet, September 1962
Folder 179 "No More Hiroshimas...Peace Is Our Only Defense", August 6 1963
Folder 180 "Christian Decision and Nuclear War" Flyer
Folder 181 "Whoever You Are...Wherever You Live" Flyer
Folder 182 "Students and the Peace Movement: Problems and Perspectives" Research Essay
Folder 183 "Student Peace Union" Flyer
Folder 184 "Peace Marchers Are Back" Flyer
Folder 185 "Hiroshima Resolution" Research, July 1962
Folder 186 "1963 Easter Peace Walk Itinerary" Flyer, 1963
Folder 187 "A Call to Easter 1963 Student Peace Walk" Flyer, 1963
Folder 188 SPU Newsletter - Middle Atlantic Region, April 10 1963
Folder 189 "High School Conference of Peace" Flyer
Folder 190 "Two Scientists Look at Civil Defense" Flyer, February 6 1962
Folder 191 Rustin, McReynolds, and Barton Lecture Flyer, October 1 1961
Folder 192 "Walk For Peace 'Peace Saturday' Flyer
Folder 193 Regional Event Notices and Invitations, 1960-1964
Folder 194 SPU Event Research and Newspaper Clippings, 1960-1964

Box 12
Folder 1 SPU Steering Committee Minutes and Meeting Itineraries, 1960-1964
Folder 2 SPU Internal Correspondence and Memos, 1960-1964
Folder 3 SPU Meeting Minutes and Member Mailing Lists, 1960-1964
Folder 4 SPU Meeting Minutes and Member Mailing Lists, 1960-1964
Folder 5 SPU Financial and Member Correspondence, 1960-1964
Folder 6 SPU Financial and Member Correspondence, 1960-1964
Folder 7 SPU Financial and Member Correspondence, 1960-1964
Folder 8 SPU Financial and Member Correspondence, 1960-1964
Folder 9 SPU Financial and Member Correspondence, 1960-1964
Folder 10 SPU Financial and Member Correspondence, 1960-1964
Folder 11 SPU Financial and Member Correspondence, 1960-1964
Folder 12 SPU Financial and Member Correspondence, 1960-1964
Folder 13 SPU Financial and Member Correspondence, 1960-1964
Folder 14 SPU Financial and Member Correspondence, 1960-1964
Folder 15 "Beyond Deterrence", A Series of Studies
Folder 16 "I Accuse!", Dr. James G. Endicott Describes Germ Warfare, 1952
Folder 17 Flyer for WSP's Annual Spring Meeting, 1964
Folder 18 "The Cuban Crisis", Policy Statement of the National Committee for Nonviolent Action
Folder 19 Student Peace Union Bulletin, January 1962
Folder 20 Songs for Peace, Compiled and edited by The Student Peace Union, Introduction by Pete Seeger, 1966
Folder 21 Student Peace Union Recruitment Brochure
Folder 22 Assorted memorabilia