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Ball State University Vietnam Moratorium Committee collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA-018

Scope and Contents

This collection includes: a scrapbook, newspaper clippings, correspondence, printed ephemera, and planning documents pertinent to the Ball State University Vietnam Moratorium Committee (VMC) during 1969 to 1970 as well as electronic files pertaining to the 50th Anniversary Reunion and Conference of the BSU VMC in 2019.

The VMC 50th Anniversary Reunion and Conference electronic files and the scrapbook are digitized and accessible through the Digital Media Repository. (Click digital object link in red box to access.)


  • Creation: 1969-1970, 2019

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Ball State University Libraries make every reasonable effort to provide accurate information regarding the copyright status of materials held by Archives and Special Collections. Patrons may scan items or request a reproduction of one or more items in the collection; however, it is the responsibility of the patron to evaluate whether or not the intended use complies with copyright law.

Historical Note

The Ball State University chapter of the Vietnam Moratorium Committee was formed in September of 1969 after the creation of the National Vietnam Moratorium Committee in April of 1969. Founded by Jerome Grossman and Sam W. Brown, Jr. in Washington, D.C., the Moratorium was a nation-wide demonstration and teach-in against the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War. The National Moratorium vowed to only disband after American troops were removed from Vietnam or a negotiation was reached. Many small committees were formed across the United States, mainly on college campuses, including Ball State University.

Led by student activist Mary Posner (née Munchel), the Ball State University chapter organized numerous local protests, marches, anti-draft events, etc. from 1969 to 1971, including a demonstration that drew nearly 250 protestors. One of the original organizers of the National Moratorium, Sam Brown, spoke at a Ball State University chapter protest.

On April 19, 1970, the National Moratorium Committee announced it would disband by the end of the month due to changing methods of demonstrations and protests. The Ball State University chapter later disbanded as well.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 archival letter box; 1 oversize folder)

29.09 Gigabytes (160 born-digital files)

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This collection is arranged into the following series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1969-1970 Series 2: Newspaper clippins and scrapbook, 1969-1970 Series 3: Notes and factsheets, 1969-1970 Series 4: Planning documents, 1969 Series 5: Printed ephemera, 1969-1970 Series 6: 50th Anniversary Reunion and Conference materials, 2019

Custodial History

The scrapbook and various newspaper articles were received by the Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Mary Posner (née Munchel) on 2018-06-22.

UA Restructuring

RG.10.13.09 and SC.274 were combined with new materials to create UA.018.

Ball State University Vietnam Moratorium Committee collection
Mindy Shull
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Repository Details

Part of the Ball State University Archives Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA