The Science Action Coordinating Committee was a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) -based graduate student organization active in the Vietnam War protest movement of the late 1960s. Its activities grew to include protests against a variety of social and political targets. Members described themselves as " a group of graduate students at MIT concerned with social responsibility of scientists."
The papers primarily concern the March 4, 1969 voluntary research stoppage at MIT, a day set aside to discuss and criticize the cooperation of MIT researchers with the U.S. Department of Defense, which included speakers George McGovern, Noam Chomsky, and many others. The papers include photographs, posters, programs, and coordinating notes concerning this day of non-violent protest. Also covers other days of protest: Agenda Days, May 6-8, 1969, and a demonstration on June 16, 1969. Also includes a letter to Russian scientists, April 1969, and items from other Vietnam War-era protest groups, including the Union of Concerned Scientists, New University Conference, Scientists for Social and Political Action, and the Organization for Progressive Engineers.
The Science Action Coordinating Committee Papers, 1968-1969, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Protest Movements
1992.3219 (NMAH Acc.)
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