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SDS Documents in the Tamiment Library, NYU

NYU Tamiment Library includes paper documents indexed at the following sites:

Printed Ephemera Collection (PE 035)
Student League for Industrial Democracy (SLID) records (TAM 024) A predecessor to SDS
James Zarichny Collection (TAM 517.1) Mostly pertaining to SDS conference in Nyack, NY, June 1963
Robert Bender Collection (TAM 409) Papers on SDS nationally and in Newark, NJ

Also: In the big Search box here (middle of page), type in your search terms (Students for a Democratic Society, etc). This will bring up all items that contain these terms and you can then see if the collections they describe contain significant materials on SDS. The foregoing refers to manuscript collections, which also includes photographs and collections of leaflets and other ephemeral materials known as “PE” (Printed Ephemera) collections. Select Tamiment/Wagner in the left sidebar to see the items in the collections. Most  of this is print material, not digital.

Search Archival Collections to find processed archival and photo collections. Put the full name of the organization in quotes and click search. If a collection abstract sounds promising, click on "show occurrences" to see where the term appears in the finding aid.  To see the full document, click on the title. Note that some collections are stored offsite and advance notice is required to retrieve boxes. The finding aids and the full collections list will indicate offsite locations.

To search Tamiment’s book, magazine, periodical, pamphlet, and other printed materials collections, take a look at the page of research guides.


An extensive SDS archive resides on paper and microfilm at the Wisconsin State Historical Society. None of it has been digitized.

Other locations where some SDS documents are lodged:
   U Mass Amherst
   U of Michigan Library, Labadie Collection
   UC Berkeley library
Southern California Library (an independent progressive library in south-central LA)
Center for the Study of Political Graphics, LA

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