We Accuse—The Community of Technical Scholars
The author arrives at Stanford in 1966 and joins its growing anti-war Movement, as the Movement learns about Stanford’s connections to the Southeast Asian War.
See page 8 of this 17-page report on the May, 1966 sit-in, published by Students for a Democratic Society (Stanford Chapter) and Stanford Committee for Peace in Vietnam. The report includes copies of letters to and from President Wallace Sterling. The sit-in received national attention in 2012 when a photo was found showing that Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a Stanford student that year and only that year, had skipped class to take part in a counter-demonstration.
Why We Sat-In
A four-page document prepared for a meeting at White Plaza on May 23, 1966. The document discusses the rationale behind the sit-in at President Sterling's office.
HUAC Hearings, August, 1966
Statement by Anatole Anton about organizing the Stanford Medical Aid Committee for Viet Nam in order to provide medical relief, through the International Red Cross, to victims of U.S. aggression in Viet Nam; and an excerpt of the testimony by Stuart McRae and Anatole Anton to the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in August, 1966.
Student Power Rally
One-page flyer announcing the Feb. 8, 1967 rally on White Plaza to oppose UC & State College tuition and to support increased student representation at Stanford.
Midpeninsula Free University
Alive in the 60s: The Mid-Peninsula Free Universityby Jim Wolpman.
In January 1966, activists and
hippiesstarted the off-campus Free University of Palo Alto and the on-campus Experiment. The two merged in mid-1967 to form the Midpeninsula Free University.
Link: Christopher Hargrove,
Experiment Emphasizing More Than Seminars,The Stanford Daily, February 24, 1967, p. 3.
Over the Hump with Humphrey
This flyer by the Ad Hoc Committee to Greet Humphrey presents Humphrey's record regarding the war and urges people to walk out of his talk on Feb. 20, 1967.
Link: Ad Hoc Committee to Greet Humphrey,
Over the HUMP with HUMPHREY,A3M Historical Archive, 1966–1967 (pdf, 968 KB).
Letters from President Sterling
A two-page letter, dated March 3, 1967, to all students, faculty and staff; and a one-page letter, dated March 14, 1967, to four leaders expressing
deep concern for the preservation of free and civilized debate on the Stanford Campus.The writing was prompted by a demonstration against Hubert Humphrey when he spoke on campus.
Refutation of Vice President Humphrey's Statements
Possibly we met with then-Provost Richard W. Lyman, not Sterling, after a larger group marched to the President’s office.
Know Your Trustees
This document, written by
The Research Staff of the Graduate Coordinating Committee,lists connections between the management of major corporations in the United States and abroad and the Trustees of Stanford University.
Link: The Research Staff of the Graduate Coordinating Committee,
Know Your Trustees,A3M Historical Archive, 1965–1966 (pdf, 1.9 MB).
Making Secret the Technical Abstract Bulletin
At some point during this period, the Defense Department classified (made secret) the Technical Abstract Bulletin and its indices. In 1972 I inquired why, and the Pentagon’s response was to show a page from the Movement newspaper that described a research project at SRI.
Link: Correspondence regarding the Technical Abstract Bulletin (TAB), June and July, 1972, A3M Historical Archive, 1966–1967 (pdf, 604 KB).
The Roots of the Stanford Peace Movement
Georgia Kelly is one of the contributors to
The Roots of the Stanford Peace Movement,in Sandstone & Tile, a publication of the Stanford Historical Society. Copyright © The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University. All rights reserved.
Time of Realization: The Roots of the Stanford Peace Movement
Lenny Siegel, Georgia Kelly, and Jeanne Friedman are panelists in this video program sponsored by the Stanford Historical Society.
Link: Time of Realization: The Roots of the Stanford Peace Movement in the 1960s and 1970s, A3M Historical Archive, Video, Time of Realization (running time about 75 minutes).
Exposés on Stanford and the War
Commitment and Resistance were newspapers published by the Experiment. The February 7, 1967 edition of Commitment included
Stanford on the March,by Ira Arlook. The March 9, 1967 issue of Resistance included
Stanford Observed: The Military-Industrial Park,by David Ransom; and the April 4, 1967 special issue of Resistance included
Stanford Research Goes to War,also by David Ransom.
Link: Ira Arlook,
Stanford on the March,Commitment, February 7, 1967, A3M Historical Archive, 1966–1967 (pdf, 428 KB).
Link: David Ransom,
Stanford Observed: The Military-Industrial Park,Resistance, March 9, 1967 A3M Historical Archive, 1966–1967 (pdf, 1.3 MB).
Link: David Ransom,
Stanford Research Goes to War,Resistance, April 4, 1967, A3M Historical Archive, 1966–1967 (pdf, 16.4 MB).
War Industry in Stanford’s Backyard
My colleagues and I wrote repeatedly about this over the years. See, for example,
From Our Own Backyard,by Lenny Siegel, Pacific Studies Center.
We Accuse Posters
At some time over the decades I lost my Arbuckle and Hewlett/Packard posters. If anyone has a copy of either, I would love it see it.
We Accuse These Men of Complicity in the War
A flyer linking six Stanford administrators and Trustees to the Vietnam War, which accompanied four “We Accuse” posters published by The Experiment in early 1967.
Interview with Ira Arlook
2019 interview with Ira Arlook, conducted by Natalie Marine-Street, as part of the Movement Oral History Project, part of the Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program.
Stanford’s Grove House was one of the first co-ed “dormitories” in the country and it was considered an experiment when it was founded in 1967.
Link: Joanna Xu,
A Pioneer House’s Reunion: One of the Nation's First Co-Ed Houses Looks Back,The Stanford Daily, Oct. 15, 2007.
The “We Accuse” posters were the subject of debate at the Grove House, Stanford's first co-educational residence.
Link: Gail Anderson and Marian Johnston,
Toward the Residence University: The Story of the Grove Project,Stanford Daily Magazine, May 11, 1967, A3M Historical Archive, 1966–1967 (pdf, 2.1 MB).
Port Huron Statement
The Port Huron Statement was the first official statement of Students for a Democratic Society.