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American Student Union papers

Call Number: MS 714

Scope and Contents

Assorted printed materials of the American Student Union and other student and youth organizations of the 1930s and 1940s make up these papers. The American Student Union, founded in 1935 in Columbus, Ohio, was a left-leaning organization of high school and college students. The literature of the organization contained in this collection stresses pacifism, human rights, equality, unionism, and the dissemination of education. Also stressed are anti-fascism and support for the Spanish Republic. Among the materials in the papers are a constitution, newsletters, minutes of meetings, convention proceedings, guides for chapters, programs, financial statements, resolutions and position statements, several pamphlets by Joseph P. Lash, clippings, ephemera, and related items. Also included in these papers are similar materials relating to the American Youth Congress, founded in 1834 in New York. This was another left-oriented youth group made up of college, church, trade union, and other organizations, and concerned with unemployment, education, public health, and social legislation to benefit youth. Finally, there are a few papers from several other youth groups, including the Campaign for Youth's Needs and Work Camps for America. Scattered throughout the papers are several pieces of correspondence of Robert E. Lane, a Harvard graduate who entered Yale Graduate School with the class of 1942 but never finished his degree. A portion of these papers belonged to Lane, who appears to have been a member of several of the organizations represented here.

Materials relating to the Yale University Chapter of the American Student Union may be found under call numbers Yeg 8 / +Am 3n and Yeg 8 / Am 3.


  • 1936-1941


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.


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Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Miscellaneous printed material, news releases, pamphlets, and other publications of the American Student Union. Also included is material relating to the American Youth Congress and other student organizations.

Biographical / Historical

The American Student Union was founded in 1935 in Columbus, Ohio. It was a left-leaning organization of high school and college students stressing pacifism, human rights, unionism, anti-fascism, and support for the Spanish Republic.

Guide to the American Student Union Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
October 1981
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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