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The Liberal Club records

 Collection
Identifier: RG-14-110
Founded in 1929 as a forum for the study of social problems, the Johns Hopkins University Liberal Club became a controversial and prominent political group among universities. The records of the Liberal Club cover the period 1929 to 1932 and are contained in four bound volumes of the Intercollegiate Conferences, which include not only lists of those who attended, but also newspaper clippings about the Club.

Dates

  • 1929-1932

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

All student organization records received prior to 2017 are closed for 25 years from the date of creation to everyone except current members of the student organization, after which they are publicly available for access. Materials intended for public dissemination, such as publications, newsletters, and event flyers, are publicly available for access immediately once processed. If you are a member of this student organization and have questions about our access policy, please contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Extent

0.38 Cubic Feet (1 letter size document box)

Biographical / Historical

Founded in 1929 as a forum for the study of social problems, the Johns Hopkins University Liberal Club became a controversial and prominent political group among universities. The Club hosted an Intercollegiate Liberal Conference each year from 1929 to 1932, at which they entertained many prominent speakers and sparked debate. The Club also formed an Elisabeth Gilman for Governor Club and petitioned to get people out of jail. Their discussions ranged from such topics as students in industry to Hitler's rule and they received much publicity for their efforts. They seemed closely allied to the Socialist movement and the famous phrase "Proletariat of the World Unite" was written on the cover of their 1931-1932 register. Even though they had no stated political affiliation, they fought against militarization, ROTC on campus and the barring of liberal clubs at other schools.

Scope and Contents

The records of the Liberal Club cover the period 1929 to 1932 and are contained in four bound volumes of the Intercollegiate Conferences, which include not only lists of those who attended, but also newspaper clippings about the Club. These clippings deal with the Conferences, speakers, the planning of liberal clubs at other schools, assistance given by the Hopkins Liberal Club to certain criminals seeking freedom, and the Elisabeth Gilman for Governor campaign, among other topics.

Custodial History

The registers of the Liberal Club were transferred to the Archives by the Special Collections Department of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library.

Accruals

Accession Number: 81.44

Processing Information

Processed by Sean DiGiovanna and Wendell O'Brien.

Creator

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA