The suspension of students who protested CIA recruitment at Stanford leads to a successful May, 1968 sit-in challenging the governance of the university.
Contronting the CIA's Presence at Stanford
A set of three letters: The first is from Richard S. Bogart, for Students for a Democratic Society, to President Sterling, Oct. 25, 1967, requesting that the CIA and war-oriented corporations be denied use of Stanford facilities for recruitment activities. The second is from Richard W. Lyman, Vice President and Provost, to Richard S. Bogart, Oct. 30, 1967; and the third is from Richard W. Lyman to The Stanford Daily, Nov. 1, 1967.
Fathers and Sons Documentary Film
In Fall Quarter of 1968 and the Winter Quarter of 1969, a Public Broadcasting Laboratories team led by filmmaker Don Lenzer followed members of the Stanford Chapter of Students for a Democratic Society to meetings, parties, rallies, and protests. Their 90-minute documentary, Fathers and Sons, was broadcast in the Spring of 1969.
Clashes at Stanford and Columbia
The Interim Judicial Body (IJB) verdict shared the May 3, 1968 Stanford Daily front page with a report on the police assault on Columbia protestors. In
IJB Finds Demonstrators Guilty; Ask Suspensions,Michael Sweeney reported on the all-faculty IJB overruling a decision of the ASSU Judiciary Council, finding seven students guilty of violating the University demonstrations policy during a protest against CIA recruiting. In
Students Versus Police,A.M. Rosenthal of The New York Times reported on the clash at Columbia University.
Link: Michael Sweeney,
IJB Finds Demonstrators Guilty; Ask Suspensions,The Stanford Daily, May 3, 1968, p. 1.
Link: A.M. Rosenthal, Copyright by The New York Times,
Students Versus Police,The Stanford Daily, May 3, 1968, p. 1.
As University President J. E. Wallace Sterling issued a statement rejecting student demands on the judicial controversy, one hundred forty students meeting last night in Tresidder Memorial Union voted to stage
some sort of militant demonstrationat noon today starting in White Plaza.
Link: Dan Snell,
Sterling Rejects Demands As Students Demand Action,The Stanford Daily, May 6, 1968, p. 1.
Student Demonstration Today
Press Release from the Student Press Committee covering student demands and the student occupation of a University administrative building.
Link: Student Press Committee,
Student Demonstration Today,May 6, 1968, A3M Historical Archive, 1967–1968: Old Union Sit-In (pdf, 342 KB).
Lessons of the Stanford Sit-In
Lenny Siegel’s analysis of the May, 1968 sit-in, written in the summer of 1968.
I don’t remember writing this. I must have sent it to other SDS chapters. Five decades later, I find it amazing or strange that I was already formulating lessons learned at age 19.
Link: Lenny Siegel,
Lessons of the Stanford Sit-In,Summer, 1968, A3M Historical Archive, 1967–1968: Old Union Sit-In (pdf, 2.4 MB).
We Ask Your Support
May 8, 1968 letter to the Stanford faculty from
concerned studentsasking for support.
Letter to Faculty from Concerned Students,May 8, 1968, A3M Historical Archive, 1967–1968: Old Union Sit-In (pdf, 308 KB).
Sit-In Ends: Amnesty, No Suspensions
Phillip Taubman’s report,
Sit-In Ended As Academic Council Supports Amnesty, No Suspensions,The Stanford Daily, May 9, 1968.
Link: Phillip Taubman,
Sit-In Ended as Academic Council Supports Amnesty, No Suspensions,The Stanford Daily, May 9, 1968.
Report to the Community
A statement on leaving the Old Union Building. I don’t think I wrote that paragraph, but it represented the kernel of the New Left ideology that I had embraced: people have a right to control the institutions that affect their lives.
Report to the Community,May 9, 1968, A3M Historical Archive, 1967–1968: Old Union Sit-In (pdf, 432 KB).