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Civil Rights and Campus Protest Collection

About this Collection

The San Jose State College Digital Civil Rights Collection documents campus protest movements that took place from the 1960s-1970. San Jose State College (SJSC) campus protest movements reflected the explosion of student unrest on college campuses across the nation. Between the years 1968-1972, student unrest dominated college life. Students at SJSC responded to national and local issues that included civil rights, equal access to housing, student clubs and organizations, athletics, demands for relevant curriculum, and protest against the escalation of the Vietnam War, that included protests against the draft and the presence of the ROTC and DOW Chemical on campus.

This collection consists of photographs, correspondence, news clippings, student and community publications, official university responses to student unrest, and ephemera of the era. The materials represented provide a snapshot of the student protest movements at SJSC.
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