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Kenneth Heineman collection on the anti-Vietnam War movement at Michigan State University

Identifier: MSS 225 large
The Kenneth Heineman collection on the anti-Vietnam War movement at Michigan State University contains primarily photocopies of correspondence, circular letters, newsletters, news clippings, notes, sound recordings and summaries of interviews conducted by Heineman with participants of Michigan State University and East Lansing area anti-Vietnam protests in preparation for Heineman's dissertation and later book. Campus and local organizations represented include the Weathermen, University Christian Movement, Students for a Democratic Society, describing campus and local anti-Vietnam War protests including the Lansing Vietnam Summer of 1967, the activities and responses of MSU President Hannah, and the East Lansing City Council.


  • 1962 - 1993

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Access The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.


.8 Linear Feet (2 boxes) ; 27 cm. x 33 cm. x 42 cm.

Biographical / Historical

In the 1980s, Kenneth Heineman contacted former members of student activist groups on the campus of Michigan State University and other state universities to compile and document the anti-Vietnam War activities on campus and the surrounding communities in preparation for his dissertation "To Undo the Heavy Burdens: A Comparative Study of the Anti-Vietnam War Movement at the Non-Elite State Universities (Kent State University, Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University and the State University of New York at Buffalo)" and 1994 book: "Campus Wars." Often a coordinated effort by many groups on campus including the Students for a Democratic Society, University Christian Movement, and Weathermen, the student activitists implemented sit-ins and visible demonstrations, often clashing with MSU President Hannah's administration.


The collection is maintained in its original arrangement.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession information unknown.

Materials in this collection were used in the creation of Kenneth J. Heineman's book "Campus Wars: The Peace Movement At American State Universities in the Vietnam Era," NYU Press, 1994.

Variant Title

Kenneth Heineman archive of interviews and correspondence relating to the history of the anti-Vietnam War movement at Michigan State University.

Processing Information

Original processing information unknown. Collection rehoused and finding aid created in 2016 by Lydia Tang.
Finding Aid for the Kenneth Heineman collection on the anti-Vietnam War movement at Michigan State University
Finding aid updated in 2016 by Lydia Tang
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Repository Details

Part of the Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48824 USA