American Social and Political History

Special Collections has many materials related to American social and political history, many of them related to news and journalism.  The collection is particularly strong in the 1960s and 1970s: in addition to mimeographed political pamphlets by New Left and radical organizations, the collections also include campus and national newspapers from the alternative press.  More broadly, Special Collections also holds a newspaper teaching collection donated by journalism professor Betty Winfield through the Journalism Library that contains notable first pages from the nineteenth century to the present as well as worldwide publications responding to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

How to Use the Collection

The collection is available to all users in the Special Collections Reading Room (room 401) during regular hours.  Materials do not circulate. Rare books may be used in the Special Collections Reading Room during service hours or by

With a few exceptions, the collection can be accessed through the MERLIN library catalog.  Advice on using MERLIN to search Special Collections can be found here.

Finding Aids for American Social and Political History