John Mathews collection of political protest drawings and ephemera, 1968-1969 Rauner Manuscript MS-1335

Full Finding Aid

Title:

John Mathews collection of political protest drawings and ephemera

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-1335

Collection Dates:

1968-1969

Size of Collection:

3 linear ft., 1 box

Abstract:

The collection contains 23 children's drawings depicting the aftermath of the race riots in Washington, DC in 1968, as well as posters and ephemera related to a variety of protests in the late 1960s.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The collection contains 23 children drawings, posters, student newspapers, flyers, banners, pamphlets and ephemera related to some of the political and civil rights protests during 1968 and 1969. The drawings depict the riots in Washington, DC that followed Martin Luther King's assassination in 1968 through the eyes of children, ages 8 to 16, who lived in the neighborhoods most affected by the turmoil. Norman W. Nickens, the assistant superintended, instructed his teachers to have the students use a variety of creative forms to express their feelings. Forms included discussions, compositions and drawings.

Biography

John Mathews was a reporter on education for the "The Evening Star" in Washington, DC, in 1968.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series: 1, Political Protest Ephemera, 1968-1969

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Political Protest Drawings and Posters, 1968-1969

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Junior high school student drawings depicting the riots and protests in Washington, DC and their aftermath, 1968
  • Folder: 2, Elementary school student drawings depicting the riots and protests in Washington, DC and their aftermath, 1968
  • Folder: 3, Elementary and middle school student drawings depicting the riots and protests in Washington, DC and their aftermath, 1968
  • Folder: 4, Posters and ephemera related to political protests , 1968-1969

    Posters:" Register and Vote for Peace in '68"; "I should Like to Be Able to Love My Country and Still Love Justice. Camus'; "Poor People's Campaign 1968"; "On Strike - Here and Now fir Bobby Seale"; "Honor America Day - 4th of July Celebration"; "Abernathy's Day"; "Come to Stay Nonviolent - Mass Action for Peace and Justice"; "Art Auction - National Welfare Rights Organization"; Campaign Poster: "We Support Kennedy"; Flag: "Peace - Counter Inaugural '69"; 6 student newspapers; Miscellaneous flyers; SDS Calendar of Struggle (1969); "Meet the Candidates: Adlai E. Stevenson," booklet; Homemade Poster: "Conjugation for Subjugation"

  • Folder: 5, "The Children Write Their Own Postscript," by John Mathews in "New York Times Magazine," 1968, photocopy, undated

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