Historical Archive

1967–1968: Old Union Sit-In

May 6, 1968
Press Release
This press release by the Student Press Committee reports on students who entered and occupied an administration office building.
What Happened Monday Night
A report on a general student assembly held in the courtyard of the Old Union, and the meeting at Mem Aud.
May 8, 1968
Letter
Letter addressed to “Dear Faculty Member,” and signed “Concerned Students.”
Power and Reason
A statement by Michael Novak.
May 8–13, 1968
News Reports
Five articles from the Los Angeles Times, May 8–13, 1968. Items in the file were copies of the original. (Copier paper ages better than newsprint and these are more legible than the other newspaper copies in this directory.)
May 8, 1968
Telegram of support
Telegram for Stanford students from Columbia Strike Coordinating Committee.
KLIV Editorials
Three editorials run by KLIV. They support the Stanford demonstrations—then reconsider.
May 8, 1968
Statement on the Student Sit-in
Statement to the Academic Council by Louis Horowitz, Visiting Professor of Sociology.
Report to the Community
A statement on leaving the Old Union Building.
May 16, 1968
Resolution by the Stanford Board of Trustees
Resolution disapproving of sit-ins or other disruptive activities.
June 23, 1968
Six Professors Explain Support
An article from the Los Angeles Times. It seems to be an interview with Bruce Franklin and five other professors who supported the student demonstration. There is no byline on the article.
June 23, 1968
Sit-in Seen as Recognition Request
An opinion piece from the Los Angeles Times, by-line by John Dreyfuss. Scanned as three 11x14 pages, the text on the second and third pages flows column-by-column from one page to the next. Unfortunately, newspapers do not consider the limitations of copy machines and scanners when articles are laid out. Nor do they consider what should go on the back of which. In addition, newsprint does not age well. It all adds up to apologies for the fact that reading this is not going to be easy.
Lessons of the Stanford Sit-in
Leonard Siegel’s analysis of the strategic lessons learned during the sit-in.