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Barrie Thorne collection on the Draft Resistance movement

Identifier: MSS 154 large

Scope and Contents

Collection of materials from the draft resistance (anti-Vietnam-war) movement of the late 1960's and early 1970's. Includes newsletters, newspapers, pamphlets, position papers, clippings, and other miscellanea from: Boston Draft Resistance Group (B.D.R.G.), New England Resistance (N.E.R), Support, and Resist.


  • Creation: 1967 - 1972

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

These materials were collected by Barrie Thorne (b. 1942) who participated in the Boston Draft Resistance Group and the New England Resistance, and wrote about them as a sociologist, including her dissertation, Resisting the Draft: An Ethnography of the Draft Resistance Movement (1971). She is currently professor emerita in Women's Studies and Sociology at the University of California in Berkeley and previously was on the faculty of Michigan State University, where she helped to create the Women's Studies Program in the early 1970s, and on the faculty at the University of Southern California. The draft resistance or anti-Vietnam War movement in the United States was made up of a number of independent groups and interests, sometime allied with one another, other times contesting one another on particular issues. What united the movement was an opposition to the Vietnam War. The movement gained national prominence in 1965 and peaked in 1968, and it remained powerful throughout the duration of the Vietnam War.


3 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



The materials are arranged alphabetically by topic.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Barrie Thorne.

Processing Information

Processsed by Barrie Thorne and members of the Special Collections staff. The collection was partially reprocessed by Lydia Tang in 2017 for preservation considerations.

Finding Aid for the Barrie Thorne collection on the Draft Resistance movement
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Finding aid prepared by Barrie Thorne.
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
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East Lansing MI 48823 USA