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1884-1999 (Bulk 1931-1971)

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The San José University Civil Rights and Campus Protest Collection, 1967-1990 (bulk 1968-1970), documents the civil unrest that occurred during the civil rights and anti-Vietnam movements at San José State during the 1960s and the 1970s. Between 1968-1972, college campuses became the center point for a variety of protests and demonstrations, and as the Vietnam War escalated, students across the U.S. protested the presence of Dow Chemical and ROTC recruiters on college campuses. San José State students were very active in the anti-war protests of the era. This collection documents local student response to Dow Chemical and ROTC recruitment, the unequal treatment of African-American and Hispanics students, and athletes. The most notable protest took place during the 1968 Olympic Games when track stars Tommie Smith and John Carlos accepted their medals with the black power salute. This event sparked a series of protests on campus led by faculty member Harry Edwards. This collection is arranged into two series: Series I. The Civil Rights and Campus Protest, 1967-1972 (bulk 1968-1970) and Series II. Campus Protest and Student Publications 1967-1990 (bulk 1968-1970).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

San José State Normal School -- History
San José State Teachers College -- History
San Jose State College -- History
California State University, San José -- History
San José State University -- History
San José State University -- Anniversaries, ect.
San José State University -- Students
San José State University -- Sports -- History
Greek letter societies -- California -- San Jose
Students -- Social life and customs
Students -- Societies
Education, Higher -- California -- San José

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