Fonds PR 542 - New Left Movement Publications Collection

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New Left Movement Publications Collection

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PR 542

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  • 1949-1973 (Creation)
    New Left Movement

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51 cm of textual records (3 boxes and 1 set of oversized newspapers, wrapped)

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The New Left Movement was an international movement of the 1960's which consisted of mainly youth and students. The Movement originated in the 1950's "Ban the Bomb" movement. The New Left Movement dealt with such topics as the Vietnam War, Third World liberation issues and Women's liberation movement etc. The New Left Movement criticised the Old Left. They felt that there should be local control of the political process, accessibility to political and social institutions. They advocated confrontations with modern capitalism by dissident intelligentsia, the poor, natives and ethnic minorities. In Canada, issues raised were nuclear disarmament, community organization, separatism, and sexual inequality. The Movement broke apart in the 1970's. (Taken from: "The Canadian Encyclopedia." Vol. II. Edmonton: Hurting Publishers.)

Custodial history

This collection was in the custody of Professor Robert Paehlke before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

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This collection consists of protest newspapers, newsletters, journals, essays, and 'left wing' political manifestos written and published between 1964 and 1973. The records cover Canada and the United States.

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The initial collection was donated by Professor Robert Paehlke. An important addition to this collection was received in 2005 from Martin Oppenheimer. See list at end of Finding Aid.


Materials have been grouped by title, with newspapers listed in alphabetical order first, and then magazines and newsletters listed second.

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Associated material located at the Library and Archives Canada and the Archives of Ontario, Toronto.


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