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The University of Illinois in the Cold War Era 1945-1975: Publication of “Walrus”

Publication of “Walrus”

The Walrus highlighted protests against free-speech restrictions and the war in Vietnam, circa late-1960s

The Walrus was an underground newspaper published by U of I students in the late-1960s.  Alternative publications flourished as students protested against mainstream American institutions. 

U of I Sources:

Walrus, 1968- (RS 41/66/869)

Student Affairs Dean’s Office Subject File, 1966-97 (RS 41/1/6)

Student and Faculty Organizations Constitutions and Registration Cards, 1909-  (RS 41/2/41): Box 26


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