Staughton and Alice Lynd papers, 1938-2015

Lynd, Staughton

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Photos, Drawings, Prints; Sound Recordings; Videos, Slides, Films
  • Contributors
  • Physical Details
    • 8.0 c.f. (20 archives boxes)
    • 1 tape recording, and
    • 8 photographs; plus
    • additions of 88.2 c.f.
    • 116 tape recordings
    • 17 photographs
    • 0.8 c.f of photographs
    • 8 disc recordings, and
    • 17 videorecordings
  • OCLC ocn173704945, ocn173692654
  • Finding Aids
    • Register to the processed portion


  • COPYRIGHT RESTRICTION: Copyright to the unprocessed materials described in M91-219 are retained by Mr. Lynd until January 2025 or his death, whichever is earlier.


  • Papers of a leftist historian and labor lawyer who was prominent in both the civil rights and the anti-war movements. The majority of the papers cover the mid-1960s to the early 1970s, with the emphasis on the varied social movements and radical activities with which he was affiliated rather than on Lynd himself. Articles and writings, correspondence, and clippings and other printed matter refer to campus protests of the 1960s; civil rights; the Vietnam War; tax reform; the Kennedy assassination; Jobs or Income Now (JOIN), a group which sought to organize the poor in Chicago; union organizing, especially among public employees in the Chicago and Gary, Indiana, area; the Mass Party Organizing Committee, a group which attempted to formulate a mass, Leninist, working-class party; and the New American Movement, a group which sought to build a mass-based democratic socialist movement in the United States.
  • There are also files on Lynd's attempt to bring a leftist perspective to the historical profession and to the American Historical Association. Related files and unprocessed tapes concern interest in oral history and the preparation with his wife of"Rank and File, "a book about ordinary people in the labor movement. Also of interest are the Chicago Police Department's Red Squad file on Lynd and his father, Robert S. Lynd, and part of the Central Intelligence Agency's file on Lynd.
  • Photographs include images related to Freedom Schools in Indianola and Meridian, Mississippi, 1964, including images of students, a construction project, and convention.
  • The recording is a speech Lynd made on the University of Wisconsin campus in 1972 during a labor teach-in. Additional tapes and discs are unprocessed.
  • The processed portion of this collection is summarized above, dates 1940-1977, and is described in the register. Additional accessions date 1938-2008 and are described below.


  • One videorecording in this collection has been cataloged individually.
  • Digital reproductions available for all or part of the collection in the Freedom Summer Digital Collection.
  • Presented by Staughton Lynd, Niles, Ohio, 1966-1977.
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