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Students for a Democratic Society Material

Publications Collected by Terry Koch and Other Personal Material



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Title: Students for a Democratic Society Records (WUA00190), 1956-1969Add to your cart.

ID: WUA/05/wua00190

Primary Creator: Students for a Democratic Society - Washington University in St. Louis

Extent: 14.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

The collection is divided into the following two series:

Series 01: Students for a Democratic Society Material (in original order)

Series 02: Publications Collected by Terry Koch and other Personal Materials (Arranged by type of material, with publications described in a separate document.) Series 02 is divided into eight sub-series:

    Sub-Series 02.01 Publications: American (by title)

    Sub-Series 02.02 Publications: United States (by title)

    Sub-Series 02.03 Publications: St. Louis (by title)

    Sub-Series 02.04 Publications: St. Louis (oversized)

    Sub-Series 02.05 Publications: Washington University in St. Louis (by title)

    Sub-Series 02.06 Publications: International (by country, then by title)

    Sub-Series 02.07 Publications: Students for a Democratic Society, National (by title)

    Sub-Series 02.08 Personal materials of Terry Koch

Languages: English, French, Spanish;Castilian, Vietnamese

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection contains Washington University Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) material, including information from conferences and meetings, newsclippings, publications, membership lists, minutes of meetings of St. Louis chapter, and unclassified letters, as well as various publications collected by Terry Koch.

Collection Historical Note

The Washington University chapter of Students for a Democratic Society was formed in June 1965.  In their formation statement, the Society stated “We share with the national organization the definition of our organization as ‘an association of young people on the left, [seeking] to create a sustained community of educational and political concern; one bringing together liberals and radicals, activists and scholars, students and faculty.  We maintain a vision of a democratic society where at all levels the people have control of the decisions which affect them and the resources on which they are dependent.  We seek a relevance through continual focus on realities and on the programs necessary to effect change at the most basic levels of economic, political and social organization.  We feel the urgency to put forth a radical democratic program…’”  They also stated “we seek power for the students, education of them, and action by them, in order to establish a democratic society at Washington University.”

Membership in the Society was open to any student of Washington University and to any other person approved by the members.

Administrative Information

Repository: WUA University Archives

Accruals: Accruals are interfiled with the collection.

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Method:

Material in Series 01 was donated to the University Archives by Terry Koch, Washington University Students for a Democratic Society Treasurer on October 28, 1966 with additional material added in subsequent years.

Material in Series 02 was donated to the University Archives by Terry Koch on June 12, 2009.

Preferred Citation: [Item description]. From the [collection title, series, box, folder]. University Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

Processing Information: Processed by Rachel Wigen-Toccalino, Adam Rothman, and Sonya Rooney in September 2008. Series 02 processing by Elizabeth Baldwin in April 2011 and Ashley Eckhardt in May 2011.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Hannah Barg in August 2012.


Box and Folder Listing


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Series 1: Students for a Democratic Society MaterialAdd to your cart.
(in original order)
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Unclassified letters, Dec. 1966 - Aug. 1968Add to your cart.
Includes: Mainly political and radical group material, letters informing recipients of convocations, rallies, demonstrations and election campaign arrangements. Some sample literature is also included.
Folder 2: Letters from SDS National and Regional chapters, May 1966 - Jan. 1968Add to your cart.
Similar in content to previous folder.
Folder 3: National SDS Election, ca. 1966Add to your cart.
Includes: Flyers, political attacks on George Wallace and Warren Hearnes, advice on writing for SDS membership referendum and various background working papers concerned with the SDS and Vietnam activities.
Folder 4: National SDS, Vietnam WarAdd to your cart.
(2 folders) First part contains material in chronological order from April 1, 1965 to May 1, 1968 and includes copies of Congressional Record, flyers, leaflets, information on teach-ins, seminary and actor groups, essays, newspaper articles and various newsletters, all concerned with the Vietnam War. Second part contains similar material which is not possible to date.  There is no material or correspondence relating to St. Louis SDS.
Folder 5: DuBois Club, St. LouisAdd to your cart.
Includes: DuBois Club newsletter May 1956, a flyer of a speech by Dr. James O'Conner, and a flyer of a rally for freedom of opinion/expression.
Folder 6A: SDS National OrganizationAdd to your cart.
Includes: Memoranda and lists of various SDS members and council members, National convention agendas and resolutions, and program proposals including proposal on the National Political Committee.
Folder 6B: SDS National OrganizationAdd to your cart.
Contains similar material as previous folder which is impossible to date.
Folder 7: SDS National Labour Movement, 1963-1968Add to your cart.
Includes: Newsletters, essays, policy statements, and strategy proposals.  The first half of the folder is in date order, the second half contains similar material that is undated.
Folder 8: National SDS Meeting and Rally, Dec. 1968Add to your cart.
Includes: Material from the Dec. 1968 SDS Convention and other conventions including one in Cleveland in 1965, which includes essays, policy statements, draft resolutions, questions and polemical tracts. Mostly undated.
Folder 9A: National SDS propaganda & news materials, 1962-1968Add to your cart.
Includes: Newsletters, essays, notes on conferences, newspaper clippings, quotes from Mao Tse Tung,  leaflets on strategy after the King assassination, summer research projects, an editorial opposing SDS from WILs radio of Lansing, Michigan, an SDS literature list, solidarity appeal with the French students.
Folder 9B: National SDS propaganda and news materialsAdd to your cart.
Contains similar but undated material.
Folder 10: Mid City Community Congress, 1968Add to your cart.
Includes: Curriculum of organizers school of National County Union, MCCC press releases concerning police brutality in St. Louis.  Undated material includes Nothing magazine, instructions from "St. Louis Committee on a New Party" on how to vote in 1968, and a flyer welcoming members to the Human Relations Club of Clayton High School.
Folder 11: Journal of YMCA (the Bear) Journal of Young Republicans, Journal of Young Democrats (Washington University)Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Recruitment on campus (WU) by the Dow Chemical Co. Feb. 14 1968 and subsequent reactionAdd to your cart.
Includes: Petition draft article for New Left Notes and SDS and flyer for a November 1968 rally.
Folder 13: Radical Organization CommitteeAdd to your cart.
Includes: Two letters to Terry Koch dated Aug. 10 and 16, 1968 containing flyers on the Radical Organizing Committee and others concerning strategy in connection with the Democratic Party Chicago Convention.
Folder 14: National Mobilization Committee, April 1968 - June 1969Add to your cart.
Includes: Responses to October 1968 in Chicago, a call to come to Washington, June 18-20, 1969, letters and information on demonstrations.
Folder 15: Student Mobilization CommitteeAdd to your cart.
Includes: Letter, January 1967 and flyers; Convention flyers, undated
Folder 16: Spring Mobilization CommitteeAdd to your cart.
Includes: Flyers from the Spring Mobilization Committee on the war in Vietnam and similar letters dated March 24, 1967. Similar flyers and letter (progress report), May 5, 1967. Motions and resolutions approved at the final plenary  session of Spring Mobilization Committee, National Workshop Conference, Washington, D.C., May 20-21, 1967 and a resolution on Puerto Rico
Folder 17: St. Louis Citizens for Peace in VietnamAdd to your cart.
Includes: Flyers from June 1965 and Feb. 1966
Folder 18: New Left Federation & Notes, Miscellaneous papers of SDS, 1965-1966Add to your cart.
Includes: new left notes, newsclippings, and miscellaneous flyers
Folder 19: Membership list of SDS on Wash U, 1965-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Student Peace Union, 1966-1967Add to your cart.
Includes: Newsletters, pamphlets, flyers, letters to Terry Koch, copies of Draft Action News, referendum on dissolution of SPU. Most chronological, some undated.
Folder 21: Financial record of SDS (National), 1965-1966Add to your cart.
Includes: Balance sheets, budget, debt.
Folder 22: SNCC, Student Nonviolent Coordinating CommitteeAdd to your cart.
Includes: SDS resolutions, SDS position paper on the indivisible struggle against Racism, Apartheid and Colonialism. Citizens Amicus Brief in support of H. Rap Brown appeal for his bail restriction and communique.
Folder 23: Civil Rights and Racism (Wash U), 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Includes: Various flyers and pamphlets distributed by SDS On Washington University campus
Folder 24: Rally and meeting petition, 1964-1968Add to your cart.
Includes: Petitions and notices of meetings 1966-1968. Various statements, including Preliminary Statement "Toward an experimental American unity"
Folder 25: Vietnam War, 1964-1966Add to your cart.
Includes: Vietnam War examination, Demonstration against VP Humphrey, Essays, Newsclippings
Folder 26: The Spark SDS journal, 1966-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Curriculum and Student AffairsAdd to your cart.
Includes: Flyers explaining how to vote on University Propositions; Material regarding student affairs
Folder 28: Aims of SDS at Wash U, 1965-1968Add to your cart.
Includes: Statement of formation, 1965; KMOX TV editorial; Clipping from National Guardian; Resolution on Oct. 21, 1967 mobilization, handwritten; Minutes, flyers, open letters to the faculty; Washington University SDS Constitution
Folder 29: SDS. Regional OfficeAdd to your cart.
Includes:  Flyers from S.F. Mime Troupe; 1965 flyer from action committee to increase opportunities for Negroes; 1968 "Save our City" coalition flyer
Folder 30: Vietnam Summer, 1967Add to your cart.
Includes: National contact list as of July 5, 1967; PR material: "How To" sheets, instructions for organizations; Questionnaire; Lists of trade union schools; Clipping from "The Christian Century" on Vietnam summers; Vietnam reading list
Folder 31: New University Conference, Chicago, 1968Add to your cart.
Includes: Flyers; Registration form
Folder 32: Personal record of Terry Koch, 1964-1968Add to your cart.
Includes: Receipts; Personal letters; Minutes of SDS 1965-1968; Notes and newsclippings
Folder 33: News, materials - personal, 1964-1968Add to your cart.
Includes: Mainly journals such as Independent Social Newsletter; Letter from China Challenge, China Report
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Periodicals and publications, 1964-1968Add to your cart.
Includes: PEL magazine (in English and Spanish); El Malcriado (the voice of the farm worker, English edition); New Politics News and Monthly Review; Flyers and pamphlets and newsletters published by various SDS chapters in the USA; Copies of the working papers from the "University and the Military" conference held Nov. 1967 at University of Chicago and issued by the Radical Education Project of Ann Arbor, Michigan); Membership cards and Vietnam information; Newsletters; Statement of the Tricontinental Committee of Support to Vietnam on the International Campaign of Unity with Vietnam
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Civil rightsAdd to your cart.
Includes: Material relating to the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Minutes of first meeting of Washington University Friends of SNCC; Flyers; Special Report of SNCC on the new voting bill, 1965
Folder 2: Mailing stickers and telephone listsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Current bulk literature, flyers etc., 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 4: File copies of everything printed up, sent out from Saint Louis office (SNCC)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Newspaper clippings on books Negroes, trading, ShanpsekAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Press release (SNCC St. Louis)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Clothing pick-upsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: St. Louis Friends of SNCC. Committees, Sept. 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Volunteer workers. SNCCAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence with Southern projects. SNCCAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Lobbying correspondence -  governmental personnel, SNCCAdd to your cart.
Includes: Letters personally signed by Gov. Wallace, Tom Curtis (Missouri Congressman in Washington), and John Doar
Folder 12: Financial obligations, SNCC, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Fundraising memos and ideas, SNCC, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, MFDP challenge, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence with Atlanta 1965 concerning meaning of St. Louis office and replacement for D. Finke, Saint Louis office managerAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: MFLU Mississippi Freedom Labor Union Cotton Workers StrikeAdd to your cart.
Includes: Flyers, memos and one letter of thanks to Finke
Folder 17: BailAdd to your cart.
Includes: Memos to Northern SNCC offices to set up procedures for creating bail funds
Folder 18: J.P. Coleman Appointment, SNCC backgroundAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: SNCC lists of staff rallies in outfits in Saint Louis eg. JCCA, YNCA etc. plus lists of source membersAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: PhotosAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Lists of projects and personnel in other areasAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Report of the Adhoc Committee on Student Conduct, Berkley, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Follow upAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Open House preparationsAdd to your cart.
Includes: List of participants, SNCC, 1965
Folder 25: Real EstateAdd to your cart.
Includes: Correspondence dealing with office properties
Folder 26: Voting and economic statistics, SNCCAdd to your cart.
Includes: Mainly of SNCC and others; Letter from John Doar to Joyce Ladner at Washington University regarding Selma, May 1965
Folder 27: Special reportsAdd to your cart.
Includes: Flyers, "The Student Voice," and citizenship pamphlets
Folder 28: Unplaceable civil rights flyersAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: WATS incident summary reports. #125-168, July-Sept. 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Memos from Atlanta to Friends of SNCC and Northern SNCC officesAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: WU Correspondence, 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Includes: Correspondence; Canadian SNCC newsletter; Flyers for funds; SNCC buttons; WU SNCC newsletter
Folder 32: Vicksburg Citizen's Appeal - newspaper, March-June 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Unsorted flyers, leaflets, etc.Add to your cart.
Includes: Flyers; Leaflets; Petitions; Newsclippings relating to SNCC 1965 Selma campaign and subsequent problems
Folder 34: Freedom Driver flyersAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: SDS convention material delegates folder, 1967Add to your cart.
This file has been rehabilitated but has no particular order
Folder 36: Miscellaneous mail/flyers, 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Mostly concerned with draft counseling draft evasion and Canadian immigration
Folder 37: Miscellaneous mail/flyers, 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Similar to Folder #36
Folder 38: New Left notes, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 39: 3rd worldAdd to your cart.
Includes: Including grape strike; Letters, pamphlets, congressional record, Chinese publications including bills, 1964-1968
Folder 40: Selective service, 1965-1968Add to your cart.
Includes: Draft advice, pamphlets, literature lists etc. alternatives to military service
Folder 41: MediaAdd to your cart.
Includes: Bills for books
Folder 42: SDS-Wash U Chapter PublicationsAdd to your cart.
Includes: Student's Life articles about URAP
Folder 43: Ephemera - Freedom Driver ButtonsAdd to your cart.
23 buttons in total

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