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Hoffman family papers

Repository: University of Connecticut. University Libraries. Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Collection Description (CRHP): Before becoming active in the Yippie movement, Hoffman was active in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and organized 'Liberty House' to sell items to support the southern civil rights movement.

Collection Description (Extant): The principal members of the Hoffman family present in the collection are John and Florence Hoffman; Abbie, Jack, and Phyllis, their children; Rose Shanberg, Florence's sister; and Anita Hoffman, Abbie's second wife. Other family members that appear in the collection include Joan Hoffman, Jack's wife; Sheila, Andrew, and Ilya 'Amy' Hoffman, Abbie's first wife and children; america, Abbie and Anita's son; and Johanna Lawrenson, Abbie's common-law wife . . . . The correspondence consists mainly of letters either from or to Abbie, Jack, or Florence, their mother. Also included are numerous sympathy cards to the Hoffman family following Abbie's death. While the family papers contain items of the family's private side, it also includes evidence of their participation in political campaigns and research for books and articles. The collection of written work focuses on Abbie's work and his life. The bulk of the collection consists of copies of government records, newspaper stories, and magazine articles. Both the New York City Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation maintained extensive records of Abbie Hoffman's activities. In addition to numerous news articles about Abbie, there is substantial coverage of the 1988 presidential elections. Artifacts include awards, political pins and posters, and clothing Abbie often wore for speeches, demonstrations, or on his book covers. Audio/visual material include two cassettes with friends and supporters reading Abbie Hoffman's work, a reel of Abbie Hoffman's interview with Connie Chung, and various 16mm films of Hoffman family vacations and events. Most of the photographs are family photographs taken from scrapbooks.

Date(s): undated, 1933-1998

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: MSS19990106

Extent: 9 linear feet

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Related Archival Items: The Worcester Historical Museum in Massachusetts has an Abbie Hoffman interview, but it focuses on his childhood.

Interviewees: Abbie Hoffman

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements
Youth International Party


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