Fargo-Moorhead Anti-War Papers (S850)

  • 1967-1975

    Historical Sketch

    The Vietnam protest movements in Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota began slowly in 1966 and 1967, and grew to be among the most active anti-war movements in the rural upper Midwest. The movement peaked in 1970 with protests against the Kent State incident. Much of the anti-war activities in these two communities originated at the Moorhead State College campus.

    Collection Description

    This collection contains miscellaneous papers concerning anti-war protests in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Included are newsletters, handbills and flyers, underground newspapers, photographs, and news clippings. Topics include draft resistance, the anti-ballistic missile protest movement, Kent State protests, and FBI surveillance of anti-war activists. The organizations for which materials are preserved include the New American Movement, Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam, and the local chapter of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). Most materials are in good condition.


    Box 1

    • American Reports. 1972
    • Anti-Ballistic Missile. 1968-70
    • Anti-War Buttons
    • Boycott Information
    • Classroom Materials and Faculty Statements
    • Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam
    • Conscientious Objector and Draft
    • Draft Information. 1969-72
    • Fargo-Moorhead
      • Anti-War Activities. 1969-70
      • Meetings, Minutes and Protests
    • Kent Information. 1970-75
    • “Lighting a Candle in the Darkness,” paper by student Kathleen Mulder. 1998
    • Minnesota Peace Movement
    • Miscellaneous Anti-war Publications and Handouts. 1968-69
    • The Mistic
    • Moorhead Independent News. 1970-72
    • Moorhead State College
      • Anti-war Handouts. 1972
      • Memos, Speeches and Correspondence. 1968-72
      • Strike
    • New American Movement
    • Newspaper Clippings
    • “1968-72 Moorhead State College Student Newspapers: A Reflection of the Times,” paper by student Mary McGlynn, 1993.
    • Notes from the Underground
    • Peterson, Larry, FBI Files. 1981
    • Photographs
    • Radical Newspapers. 1967-71
    • “The Role of Religion and Social Class in the Anti-Vietnam Movements of Concordia College and Moorhead State College,” paper by student Karin Denison. 1995
    • Save World
    • Student Senate
    • Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)
    • Vietnam Moratorium
    • War Tax Resistance Information. 1969
    • Youth Conference on a People’s Peace. 1971 

    Box 2

    Anti-war Display, “How MSC Tried to Stop a War,” by MSU student Chris Olson, 1982. Display materials include announcements of speakers, demonstrations, photographs, and miscellaneous protest material. File headings are:

    • Abbie Hoffman Appears at MSC. 1980
    • Anti-War Protest, Miscellaneous
    • Mobilization and Faculty Strike. 1969
    • NDSU Opposition
    • Planting the Tree of Life. 1969
    • Protest Against Recruiters. 1968
    • Student Strike Occurs. 1970
    • Students Blocking Traffic. 1972
    • Students Boycotting Classes. 1972
    • Time Line
    • Photographs