(To learn why we organize the
FSM's history this way, see the Introduction.)
Administrative Pressures and
Student Political Activity at Berkeley
(The New Left at
This dry introduction summarized the findings of
our collective research, with extensive footnotes to the published documents. In reviewing
the variety of ways in which the administration had interfered with students' political
activity, it described a pattern of repression of political expression, that
amounted to repression of an emerging movement. It also reviewed the pattern of
administrative resistance to changing this relation; and recognized both patterns in the
beginning of the Fall 1964 conflict.
Working in crisis, we undertook many supporting
studies, but were able to publish only twenty-three of those we managed to complete. This
link opens to the report's table of contents -- a page listing the published studies, with
its brief, original introduction. Their texts will be accessible from that page, and from
the more comprehensive links below.
APSPAB: The Working Papers
This link opens to an alphabetical index of the
reports generated by the project, and an inventory of its editorial and logistical papers.
Some 73 reports were prepared, on a wide variety of topics covering nearly the whole range
of development of the New Left at Berkeley, as well as its conflict with the
In quality, they ranged from sketchy summaries
of newspaper coverage to dense, invaluable interview; from naive transcription of source
accounts to competent analytic histories. At this distance, two-thirds seem of value
still, as original materials offering more detail than is found in published accounts,
and/or as convenient summaries or guides to scattered published detail. Their index is
itself a working paper, and as yet includes no advisory notes about the reports it lists.
Though accessible from this index, their texts may be accessed more conveniently through
the link below.
This link opens to a thematic index of the
project's reports, extended and organized to cover the full range of the New Left's
development at Berkeley through 1964. To complement the project's reports on each theme,
this index will offer references and links to other source material and interpretations.
Through such means, we hope to bring the complex substance of a richly-pregnant history
into coherent view. Such an undertaking is necessarily collective, and here hardly begun;
we will welcome help from those who recognize what might contribute to it or advance it.
The documents related to each theme may be
accessed directly from the list below:
Civil liberties issues and activism
Civil Rights activism
Electoral politics and activism
Farm labor activism
Faculty governance and activism
Governmental surveillance (FBI, etc.)
Graduate student organizing
International solidarity (Cuba, Vietnam)
Mass media coverage
Prisioner activism (capital punishment)
Religious groups and student activism
Sexual and "obscenity" activism
SLATE (umbrella of the student movement)
Student activists (studies)
Student government (ASUC)
Student newspaper (The Daily Californian)
For each theme, the story continues through the
Fall of 1964 and well beyond, in suites of documents extending these, organized in the
index "What Followed from the FSM?"