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Sandy Doyle Anti-Vietnam War Strike Collection, 1969-2013

Identifier: 31/6/232

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Scope and Contents

The Sandy Doyle Anti-Vietnam War Strike Collection includes materials collected by Sandy Doyle primarily focused on her time at Northwestern. Additional materials relate to her political and activist interests. The collection is arranged into three series and includes materials from 1969 to 2013.

Series 1: Northwestern Strike, 1970, includes materials Doyle created and collected during the university anti-war strike. The series contains complete copies of The Daily Northwestern published during the strike, photographs taken by Doyle, an armband worn by student protestors, and memos and press releases from students and administration.

Series 2: Northwestern Student Life, 1969-1970, undated, contains materials collected by Doyle during her time as a student including programs from student drama productions, the student handbook for the 1969-1970 school year, buttons, and a decal sticker. Additionally, one folder contains information about a summer train tour student government organized around the country to talk about issues related to the strike.

Series 3: Miscellaneous Materials, 1969, 1972, 2003, 2013, undated, contains materials related to other political activities and interests of Doyle such as the 1972 George McGovern presidential campaign, other protest buttons, and information about a POW bracelet.


  • 1969-2013


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days' advanced notice for retrival. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Biographical / Historical

On April 30, 1970, President Richard Nixon announced the invasion into Cambodia, a further escalation of the Vietnam War. College campuses across the nation exploded with protest in response. Five days later, the Ohio National Guard killed four students and wounded nine others during an antiwar protest at Kent State University. These two events sparked a nationwide strike of both students and faculty at many colleges and universities.

At Northwestern, students initiated a strike the day after the Kent State shooting to demonstrate their anger and opposition to the war. Although they insisted the strike was not against the university itself, the students drafted a number of demands for the administration. They called on the university to open its stock profile for public viewing, divest from any companies that supported the war effort, disarm campus security, and end academic support for the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).

Strike activities at Northwestern remained primarily peaceful. For the first several days, protesters erected a barricade that stretched across the intersection of Sheridan Road and Chicago Avenue, closing off traffic in front of the university. Students hosted regular speeches and demonstrations on Deering Meadow, and they canvassed the Evanston community to talk to residents about the strike. Many wore black armbands to demonstrate their sympathies with the strike. Northwestern students remained on strike for over a week before voting to return to class.

Sandy Doyle was a freshman at Northwestern where she studied education. She was an active participant during the strike and collected materials related to the students’ activities.


1 box (0.4 linear feet)

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During the spring quarter of 1970, students at Northwestern voted to go on strike to demonstrate their opposition to the Vietnam War. The Sandy Doyle Anti-Vietnam War Strike Collection contains materials collected by Northwestern freshman Sandy Doyle during the strike, including issues of The Daily Northwestern, the armband worn by student protestors, photographs of the strike, and memos circulated amongst students. The collection also includes other materials connected to Doyle’s student life and political activities, including protest buttons, programs, and a POW bracelet.


The collection is arranged into three series: Northwestern Strike, Northwestern Student Life, and Miscellaneous Materials. Materials are arranged by item type within each series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Sandy Doyle Anti-Vietnam War Strike Collection was received from Sandy Doyle in two separate accessions: Accession #13-93-31 (August 14, 2013) and Accession #16-16-31 (undated).

Related Materials

For related materials, see also: Anti-Vietnam-War Strike Materials (Series # 31/6/88).

Guide to the Sandy Doyle Anti-Vietnam War Strike Collection, 1969-2013
Rachel McGough
September 2023
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
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Evanston IL 60208-2300 US