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Michael Zweig papers

Call Number: RH WL MS 55


Michael Zweig was a graduate student and professor of Economics during the Vietnam War, when he was involved in anti-war and draft opposition efforts and served as a draft counsellor. This collection contains materials related to campus and community anti-war and draft opposition activism and draft counselling for conscientious objectors.


  • 1964-1971; undated


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Michael Zweig

Michael Zweig was born in 1944. He graduated with a PhD in economics in 1967 from the University of Michigan where, as a graduate student, he helped found the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE) and, as an undergraduate, he helped found Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).

Zweig is now a Professor Emeritus of Economics at State University of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook, where he directs the Center for Study of Working Class Life. In 1991, he received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is active in the United University Professions union, where he has been elected to two terms on its state executive board.

Zweig has published several books, including What's Class Got to Do with It?: American Society in the Twenty-first Century, Religion and Economic Justice, and The Idea of a World University. In 2009, he wrote, produced, and directed the film Why are We In Afghanistan?


.5 Linear Feet (1 box + 1 oversize folder)

Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence, university memos and meeting minutes, activist publications, flyers, and other records from Zweig's activism during the Vietnam War. Newsletters, flyers, mailings, and other materials are included from various activist groups around the United States, including Chicago Area Draft Resisters (CADRE), Long Island Resistance, and others, presumably gathered for reference.

The bulk of the collection is made up of draft counselling resources from groups such as the National Lawyer's Guild, detailing changes and interpretations of Selective Service policies and draft law. Personal notes from Michael Zweig's meetings as a draft counsellor are also included.


Folders are arranged by subject or record type. Within each subject, folders are arranged chronologically, with undated materials at the end. Oversize materials have been physically separated and are located at RH WL MS Q9.

Physical Location


Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 2017.

Related Materials

Michael Zweig Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Stony Brook University Libraries.


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Michael Zweig papers, RH WL MS 55, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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