Summary Information
Title: Searle Scrapbooks
Collection Number: AIS.1998.05

Collection Dates: 1964-1965
Extent: 6.0 items (1 box)

Language: English

This collection consists of six scrapbooks of information compiled on the Free Speech Movement at the University of California at Berkeley in 1964-1965.

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
Date Published:

December 23, 2010

Finding aid prepared by Archives Service Center staff.
Collection Scope and Content Notes

This collection consists of six scrapbooks of information compiled on the Free Speech Movement. In the fall of 1964, the University of California at Berkeley exploded into social unrest when an administrative order placed a ban on political activity on campus, namely fund-raising, recruitment, and advocacy of "controversial" ideas. The United Front, a conglomeration of student organizations, most nationally based, planned to break University regulations and set up recruitment tables. Immediately following was the suspension of eight so-called "leaders" and the arrest of a Campus CORE (Congress Of Racial Equality) member. This led to a 32-hour stand-off between demonstrators and police, as students obstructed the path of the police car holding the member. On October 4, 1964, the United Front became the Free Speech Movement, which went on to fiercely battle the Administration.

On January 3, 1965, after many sit-ins, strikes, and broken promises, the newly appointed chancellor acceded almost totally to the FSM's demands. There after, students were allowed to set up tables in designated areas and use these tables to receive donations, distribute literature, recruit membership and sell items such as buttons, pins, and bumper stickers. Conflictive information places the FSM anywhere from 1963-1968. The information given here documents fall 1964 through winter 1965.

Subject Terms

  • Student movements -- California -- Berkeley

Corporate Names
  • Free Speech Movement (Berkeley, Calif.). -- Scrapbooks
  • University of California, Berkeley.

  • Clippings (Information artifacts)
  • Scrapbooks

  • Social action

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Mr. & Mrs. William M. Searle in 1998.

Preferred Citation:

Searle Scrapbooks, 1964-1965, AIS.1998.05, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Marissa Billowitz and Ellyn Johnson on February 16, 1998.


The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Collection Inventory
Box 1 Berkeley Daily Gazette
Daily Californian
Oakland Tribune
San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Examiner
Miscellaneous sources