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Southern Student Organizing Committee and Thomas N. Gardner papers

Repository: University of Virginia Library. Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Collection Description (CRHP): Box 1 includes interviews concerning Charlottesville school desegregation in 1965.

Collection Description (Extant): This collection contains Tom Gardner's papers as staff member and chairman of the SSOC [Southern Student Organizing Committee] until its demise in 1969, as a radical campus leader at the University of Virginia, and as an active participant in anti-war, labor and civil rights protests in the South . . . .

Thomas Gardner was born in New Orleans in 1946 and grew up mainly in the South. He became involved in the student movement in 1964, during his first year at the University of Virginia, becoming active in the Southern Student Organizing Committee (SSOC) and the Virginia Students Civil Rights Committee as a community organizer in eight Southside Virginia counties.

He left school for awhile to serve on the staff of the National Student Association's Southern Project in Atlanta and then as a full-time campus traveler with SSOC, serving as its chairman from 1967-1969. In 1967, Gardner "represented SSOC in the first meeting between anti-war and civil rights activists in the United States, and the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam. Tom helped steer SSOC toward greater involvement against the Vietnam war and draft, and during the summer of 1968, he was Southern Field Director for the Vietnam Summer Project, organized out of Cambridge.

Date(s): 1948-1994

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: Accession Number 11192-a

Extent: ca. 2,500 items (housed in 6 Hollinger boxes, 2.5 linear feet); correspondence; interviews; memoranda; reports; minutes; broadsides; printed materials; articles; speeches; newsclippings.

Finding Aid URL: http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaead/published/uva-sc/viu01448.xml.frame External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: See the Papers of the Southern Student Organizing Committee 1959-1977 and Southern Student Organizing Committee Papers 1964-1968 at this repository.

Rights (Extant): There are no restrictions.

Subjects:

Civil rights movements--Southern States
Civil rights movements--Virginia
College students
Labor movement--Southern States
Progressive Party (U.S. : 1948)
School integration--Virginia--Charlottesville
Southern Student Organizing Committee (Nashville, Tenn.)
Student movements
University of Virginia
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements

Genres:

Interviews
Manuscripts
Speeches

 

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