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Free Speech Movement Digital Archive

The Free Speech Movement that began on the Berkeley campus of the University of California in 1964 began a groundswell of student protests and campus-based social activism that would later spread across the United States for the remainder of the decade. With a substantial gift from Stephen M. Silberstein in the late 1990s, the University of California Berkeley Library began an ambitious program to document the role of those students and other participants who gave a coherent and organized voice to the Free Speech Movement. The primary documents provided here are quite extensive and include transcriptions of legal defense documents, leaflets passed out by members of the movement, letters from administrators and faculty members regarding the movement and student unrest, and oral histories. The site also provided a detailed bibliography to material dealing with the movement and a chronology of key events within its early history. Perhaps the most engaging part of the site is the Social Activism Sound Recording Project, which features numerous audio clips of faculty and academic senate debates, student protests, and discussions that were recorded during this period.
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