Fargo-Moorhead Anti-War Papers (S850)


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