"Powerless, With a Guitar": Music and Student Protest at the University of Iowa: 1965-1971

The year 1965 marked a turning point in American history. In Selma, Alabama, Martin Luther King Jr. led civil rights demonstrators on a march pushing the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In Vietnam, the war escalated, as President Johnson instituted continuous air strikes...

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Uptight and Laid-back: Iowa City in the 1960s

Uptight and Laid-back: Iowa City in the Sixties transports you to that time on several fronts: anti-war protest, military service, civil rights, the local arts scene, relaxing of students’ rules of conduct, and more. The exhibit highlights events with images, documents, sounds, and film footage. We will keep adding cool stuff, too, as we uncover more in the university archives.

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University Archives: Resource Guide to Student Protest Movements

This guide describes materials available in the University of Iowa Archives, Department of Special Collections, that pertain to student protest movements during the 1960s, 1970s and other periods. RG numbers refer to the described collection’s record group number.

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Social Justice in Iowa: Collection

The Iowa Digital Library features more than a million digital objects created from the holdings of the University of Iowa Libraries and its campus partners. 

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DIY History Collection

The University of Iowa Libraries began its first experiment in crowdsourcing with the Civil War Diaries and Letters Transcription Project. From the site’s debut in the spring of 2011 to commemorate the Civil War sesquicentennial, through the fall of 2012, volunteer contributors transcribed over 15,000 pages. 

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Protest history

DIY History lets you do it yourself to help make historic artifacts easier to use. Our digital library holds hundreds of thousands of items—much more than library staff could ever catalog alone, so we're appealing to the public to help out by attaching text in the form of transcriptions, tags, and comments. 

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