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Philip G. Altbach Student Movement collection

Identifier: MS-0033

Scope and Contents

Printed materials, including leaflets, position papers, newsletters, reports and other items concerning student movements in India, circa 1935 to 1965, international student organizations, circa 1948 to 1971, and student movements in the United States, circa 1960 to 1969.

A third section of Altbach's papers concerns student activism in the United States, circa 1960 to 1969, particularly the rise of New Left organizations such as Students for a Democratic Society. Some of the material concerns the events surrounding the Democratic National Con­vention held in Chicago in 1968, and subsequent activities at the University of Chicago, 1968 to 1969.

Though most of the items in this collections are printed or duplicated, the transitory nature of the many organizations documented make it likely that many of these printed items are unique, or nearly so. The collection also includes some manuscript and typescript materials. The Indian materials were collected by Altbach in the 1960's for his dissertation, Students, Politics and Higher Education in a Developing Area: The Case of Bombay, India, (University of Chicago, 1965). Most ·of the earlier materials date from ca. 1946 to 1951 and concern the Bombay Provincial Student Congress, which was affiliated with the All India Student Congress, and the Bombay Student Union, which was affil­iated with the All India Student Federation. Also included are materials from the National Union of Students, circa 1947 to 1964. Much of this material concerns the relationship of the various student groups with larger political bodies within India. Of particular interest is a typescript copy of a letter written by Ghandi in 1941 concerning the role of students in the struggle against British rule of India and copies of correspondence between Jawahalal Nehru.and Ramkrishna Bajaj concerning Bajaj's opposition to the Congress Party candidacy of V.K. Krishna Mennon in 1961.

Materials on the international student movement, circa 1948 to 1971, include internal and external documentation of the National Union of Students and the International Student Conference. Much of these papers concern the political conflicts between and within the "eastern" and "western" aligned organizations and the relationship of United States student groups to organizations felt to be dominated by the­ Soviet Union.


  • circa 1935-1971


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

The Philip G. Altbach Student Movement collection, circa 1395-1971, is open for research.

Finding Aids

Container list available.


Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Biographical Note

Born May 3, Chicago, Illinois
B.A., University of Chicago
M.A., University of Chicago
PhD., University of Chicago (comparative education)
Lecturer, research associate, Harvard University
Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Member of the Board of Directors, American Education Studies Association
Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Bombay
Professor, Department of Social, Philosophical, and Historic Foundations in Education, State University of New York at Buffalo
Chair, Department of Social Foundations, SUNY Buffalo


17 Linear Feet (6 record cartons, 13 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box, 2 flat boxes, 2 card file boxes)

Acquisition Information

These papers were transferred to the University Archives by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin where they had been on deposit, on February 28, 1978, by agreement between the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and Dr. Altbach. Some papers were retained by the Historical Society and by the University of Wisconsin Archives. For further details, see copy of the preliminary inventory of the Altbach papers prepared by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and the letter of Sarah Cooper to Philip Altbach, February 13, 1978, copies of which are in the administration file for this collection.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Finding aid for the Philip G. Altbach Student Movement collection
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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