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Frederick Allan Whitehead papers

Call Number: RH MS 162


This collection consists of activist publications from the 1960s and 1970s, including from the Stevens Institute of Hoboken, New Jersey, and from the Students for a Democratic Society, maintained by Fred Whitehead from when he was a student at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas and Columbia University in New York.


  • Creation: 1963 - 1970


Language of Materials

Most of the collection is in English; a few items are in French.

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Literary rights are retained by the donor.

Biography of Frederick Allan Whitehead

Fred Whitehead was born in Pratt, Kansas in 1944 and graduated from the University of Kansas in 1965 with a B.A. in English. He was a member of Campus Americans for Action and was selected as Danforth fellow for 1965. He did his graduate work at Columbia University from 1967-1972 while holding a part-time teaching position at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. As a graduate student, he became involved in the draft resistance movement and other activist causes of the 1960s-1970s.


4 Linear Feet (8 document cases + 4 volumes, 1 oversize box, 1 oversize folder)

Scope and Contents

The papers contain a variety of activist publications, including periodicals, pamphlets, ephemera, clippings, and correspondence, emanating from radical organizations of the period.

The collection is divided into three major file sequences as they had been maintained by Whitehead: the Stevens Institute, miscellaneous files, and Students for a Democratic Society. Some duplication is inevitable in a collection so arranged, but this arrangement provides the user an overall view of the types of publications that the various organizations circulated during the period of student unrest in the late sixties. Individual publications of some significance have been annotated in the inventory that follows. Oversize materials have been physically separated from the rest of the collection and are described at the end of each series.

Topics specifically include race, class, social unrest and warfare in the United States, the Vietnam war, events and U.S. relations with countries in South America and with China, and liberal radicalism in higher education.

Physical Location

RH MS 162

Physical Location


Physical Location


Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Frederick Allan Whitehead, 1975.


Guide to the Frederick Allan Whitehead Collection
Frederick Allan Whitehead papers
Finding aid prepared by pg, 1975. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2017.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Frederick Allan Whitehead papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS 162, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States