SF State College Strike Collection
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Between November 6, 1968 and March 21, 1969, San Francisco State became a focus for national attention on the needs of students of color as the campus erupted in turmoil. The SF State College Strike, also referred to as the Third World strike, embraced the concerns of minority students. During the Strike, faculty groups, student groups, off-campus participants, and others inundated the campus community with broadsides and leaflets announcing points of view.
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About this Collection
The ephemeral materials from this student-led strike collection were collected by Archivist Emeritus Helene Whitson and arranged alphabetically by the name of the organization that published them or alphabetically by the name of the person who created them. Within each category, materials are arranged in one of two ways -- alphabetically by title, or chronologically by date. The statements of the American Federation of Teachers, for example, seemed to fall easily into an alphabetical arrangement, while the statements of President S. I. Hayakawa seemed more appropriate in a chronological arrangement. Publications, broadsides, flyers, scrapbooks, student newspapers, and other memorabilia as well as published materials concerning the strike are available in the University Archives. The Bay Area Television Archive and Labor Archives & Research Center have substantial holdings that document this event from different perspectives.
The Bay Area Television Archive and Labor Archives & Research Center have substantial holdings that document this event from different perspectives.
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Selected On Demand Collections
SF State Strike Collection
Local newsfilm covering events relating to the San Francisco State College Strike, from the late 1960s.
|Special Collections and Archives-Strike Documents|
|Helen Whitson Strike Scrapbook|