Johns Hopkins University "May 1968" protests collection Edit

Summary

Identifier
MS 0678

Dates

  • 1968 (Creation)

Extents

  • 0.49 Cubic Feet (Whole)
    1 half letter size document box, 1 flat box (15 x 11.5 x 3), 22 posters

Names

Subjects

Notes

  • Abstract

    The volatile period of civil unrest in France during May 1968 was punctuated by demonstrations and massive general strikes as well as the occupation of universities and factories across France. At the height of its fervor, it virtually brought the entire advanced capitalist economy of France to a dramatic halt. This artificially-created collection contains posters, protest leaflets, tracts, and photographs from these student protests in May 1968.

  • Language of Materials

    The text materials in this collection were produced in French. Only some materials have been translated into English and noted in the finding aid.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information. Collection is open for use.

    Collection is open for use.

  • Accruals

    Accession: 2014-15.MS.034, 2014-15.MS.061, 2016-17.MS.039, 2016-17.MS.036, 2016-17.MS.050

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Items from accessions 2014-15.MS.034 and 2014-15.MS.061 were purchased from LarsiArt, Ltd. in 2014 and 2015. See series descriptions for any additional information regarding other acquisitions.

  • Biographical / Historical

    The volatile period of civil unrest in France during May 1968 was punctuated by demonstrations and massive general strikes as well as the occupation of universities and factories across France. At the height of its fervor, it virtually brought the entire advanced capitalist economy of France to a dramatic halt. The protests reached such a point that political leaders feared civil war or revolution; the national government itself momentarily ceased to function after President Charles de Gaulle secretly left France for a few hours. Although the events sometimes turned violent, they also had artistic and festive aspects with numerous quasi-improvised debates and assemblies, songs, imaginative graffitis, posters and slogans. "May 68" had a resounding impact on French society that would be felt for decades to come. It is considered to this day as a cultural, social and moral turning point in the history of the country.

    Source: "May 1968 events in France," Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_1968_events_in_France, accessed April 2015.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Name of folder or item], [Date], [Box number], [Folder number], [Collection title], [Collection number], Special Collections, The Johns Hopkins University.

  • Processing Information

    Processed by Jordon Steele, April 2015. Additional processing by Annie Tang, November 2015-February 2017, and Kristen Diehl in April 2017.

  • Related Materials

    MS.0743: Italian press photographs of the "Years of Lead" protests, 1969-1982

  • Scope and Contents

    This is an artificially assembled collection with materials selected by the curators of Special Collections, containing political posters, leaflets, tracts, and photographs documenting the French student protests in and around May 1968.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

  • Arrangement

    The artificially-assembled collection is organized primarily by acquisition.

Collection Details