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Vietnam War collection

Identifier: RG-01D-09

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the response of the Connecticut College community to activities surrounding the Vietnam War. Materials discuss student and faculty reactions, campus activities, and responses from parents, board members, and administrators.

Of interest is documentation of a weeklong strike in May 1970, in which the Connecticut College community joined other college campuses in canceling classes to protest US activities in Vietnam and Cambodia and the killing of four students at Kent State University.


  • 1967-1972
  • Majority of material found in 1970

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

About the College's activities during the war

The Connecticut College community’s response to the Vietnam War began in 1967, when the 366th Air Police Squadron’s “Tiger Flight” Unit contacted Connecticut College about the possibility of organizing a photo contest to help boost morale among airmen. 23 photographs of volunteer student contestants were submitted to be voted on by members of “Tiger Flight,” and two students were selected as “Tiger Queen” and “Princess.” Student newspaper coverage of the contest encouraged campus support of the unit, but took a politically neutral stance on the war.

By 1968, campus attitudes began to shift. In April, students hosted a political forum on the war featuring opposing views from Father Daniel Lyons (The Vietnam Crisis), Michael Parenti, I. Milton Sacks, and Howard Zinn (Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal). In October 1969, Connecticut College participated in the national Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam, a demonstration and teach-in protesting US involvement in war activities. A few months later, the campus community voted to cancel classes for a week (May 5-12, 1970) to protest the US invasion of Cambodia and the killing of four students at Kent State University on May 4. Protest activities continued through the summer of 1970, but diminished in scope through 1972.


0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Materials documenting Connecticut College’s response to and activities surrounding the Vietnam War, 1967-1972.


Organized chronologically in a single series.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from several Connecticut College offices, date unknown.

Related Materials

Additional materials related to the May Strike and the Black Panthers are in PP.C22 Vivian Segall papers on the May 1970 strike.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Rebecca Parmer in 2016.

Guide to the Vietnam War Collection
Rebecca Parmer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2016: updated

Repository Details

Part of the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives Repository

Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Ave
New London CT 06320 United States