MC 00094 Guide to the Luther Russell Herman, Jr. Papers, 1966-1978

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Items in this series relate to the anti-Vietnam movement. Many of the items relate to student-led anti-war organizations at North Carolina State University, such as the Progressive Action Commune (PAC), the New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam (New Mobe), CONspiroCY, Young Americans for Freedom, the Committee of the Peace Retreat, and Woodstock Nation. Also included are materials from American Students for Action (ASA), an organization of students who supported the war effort.
The materials document many events that took place on NCSU's campus in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Flyers, brochures, newspaper clippings, and armbands tell information about the Vietnam symposium of October 1969, the Peace Retreat of May 1970, CONspiroCY's free dinner and rally in response to Spiro Agnew's campaign stop in Raleigh, PAC's distribution of fake money, and the Woodstock Guerillas threat to burn a puppy in the Erdahl-Cloyd Student Union (the puppy was not harmed). Information about the 1970 march to the North Carolina State Capitol to protest Governor Scott's approval of troop movement into Cambodia, and the 1969 and 1971 marches on Washington, D.C. is also included in the collection.
Newspaper clippings in this series capture public sentiment through cartoons and opinion pieces. Also included is coverage of three anti-war protesters arrested for throwing blood at a 1970 anti-draft protest at the Armed Forces Induction Center in Raleigh. Two books on the hearings before the Committee of Foreign Affairs regarding American prisoners of war in Southeast Asia are also included.
Due to the cooperation that existed between many campus organizations, some materials may overlap. For instance, there is information about the People's Peace Treaty in the New Mobe folder. In addition, some pamphlets and brochures can be found in more than one folder.
Anti-war newspapers such as "protean/RADISH", the "Guardian", "Inquisition", and "Bragg Briefs" can be found in Series 3, Newspapers and Posters.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 1] Vietnam Day, North Carolina State University, 14-15 October 1969
[Legal Box 1, Folder 2] New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam (New Mobe), 1969-1971
[Legal Box 1, Folder 3] New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam (New Mobe), March on Washington, 13-15 November 1969
[Legal Box 1, Folder 4] New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam (New Mobe), March on Washington, 24 April 1971
[Legal Box 1, Folder 5] Progressive Action Commune (PAC), 1969-1971
[Legal Box 1, Folder 6] Progressive Action Commune (PAC), "The Predawn Leftist,", 1969-1971
[Legal Box 1, Folder 7] Young Americans for Freedom, 1969-1971
[Legal Box 1, Folder 8] CONspiroCY/Agnew visit to North Carolina State University, 1970
[Legal Box 1, Folder 9] Peace Retreat/American Students for Action (ASA)/Canvassing for Peace, 1970
[Legal Box 1, Folder 10] People's Peace Treaty, 1971
[Legal Box 1, Folder 11] National Youth Caucus, 1972
[Legal Box 1, Folder 12] Woodstock Guerillas/Woodstock Nation
[Legal Box 1, Folder 13] Woodstock Guerillas/Woodstock Nation, "Burn a Puppy" Scroll
[Legal Box 1, Folder 14] Other Anti-War Organizations
[Legal Box 1, Folder 15] Anti-Draft Materials
[Legal Box 2, Folder 1] Anti-War: Congressional and Legal Documents
[Legal Box 2, Folder 2] Anti-War: Cost and Money Analysis
[Legal Box 2, Folder 3] Anti-War: Religious
[Legal Box 2, Folder 4] Raleigh Newspaper Articles
[Legal Box 2, Folder 5] "Revolutionary Letters"
[Legal Box 2, Folder 6] North Carolina State University Student Activities (War and Non-War)
[Legal Box 2, Folder 7] "American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia, Parts 1 and 2"
Items in this series relate to pressing social issues of the late 1960s and early 1970s, such as civil rights, women's rights, labor unions, socialism, and anti-imperialism. Information about U.S. foreign policy toward China, Cuba, Greece, and Puerto Rico is also included.
Civil rights information includes items such as a flyer for the 1970 Revolutionary People's Constitutional Convention in Washington, D.C., "Liberation Will Come from a Black Thing" by James Forman, "Huey Newton Talks To The Movement," "Power & Racism" by Stokely Carmichael, and information about the strike in Laurel, Mississippi.
Information about labor and unions includes a pamphlet entitled "The Teen-Wage Fiction," "On the Revolutionary Potential of the Working Class" by Ernest Mandel and George Novack, and "The Third American Revolution: Draft Political Program of the National Caucus of the SDS Labor Committee." Flyers promoting the 1970 lettuce boycott are included as well.
The Radical Education Project and the New England Free Press printed booklets with titles such as "Seven Erroneous Theses about Latin America," "Myths of the Cold War," and "On the Mechanisms of Imperialism". These publications relate to themes found in the rest of the collection.
Raleigh Free University was established to provide classes not offered by the structured, academic university system. This "university" offered courses in subjects such as reincarnation, UFOs, and revolutionary history. Classes met at a time and location determined by the instructor.
Socialist and anti-facist items includes titles such as "The Third Stage of Imperialism" by L. Marcus, "U.S. Imperialism" by David Gilbert and David Loud, and "Introduction to the Young Socialist Alliance." Socialist newspapers such as "American Mass Line" and "People's America Daily News" can be found in Series 3, Newspapers and Posters.
"Voices" was an anti-war student publication at NCSU. It served as an alternative to "The Technician", the official student newspaper on campus.
Women's rights materials include a newspaper clipping about the 26 August 1970 Women's Coalition at Capitol Square, a paper entitled "Abortion Do's and Don't's," and a call for women to march on the Pentagon 10 April 1971 to protest the killing of innocent women and children in Vietnam.
Materials about United States foreign policy include a pamphlet entitled "U.S. China Policy: A Fresh Start", a Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) leaflet called "Cuba vs. U.S. Imperialism", a publication entitled "Viva Puerto Rico Libre: Puerto Rico A Colony of the United States", and a bumper sticker proclaiming "Halt U.S. Aid to Greek Dictators...Learn from Vietnam."
[Legal Box 2, Folder 8] Advertisements for Congressman Nick Galifianakis
[Legal Box 2, Folder 9] Civil Rights Literature
[Legal Box 2, Folder 10] Labor/Unions
[Legal Box 2, Folder 11-12] Radical Education Project/New England Free Press
[Legal Box 2, Folder 13] Raleigh Free University
[Legal Box 2, Folder 14] Socialism/Anti-Facism
[Legal Box 2, Folder 15] "Voices"
[Legal Box 2, Folder 16] Women's Rights
[Legal Box 2, Folder 17] United States Foreign Policy in China, Cuba, Greece, and Puerto Rico
The items in this series relate to topics such as the anti-Vietnam War movement, civil rights, and Marxism/Leninism. Titles include the "Lutheran Free Press", "Bragg Briefs", and the "Guardian". Marxist/Leninist newspapers included in the collection are "People's America Daily News", "The Workers' Advocate", "American Student", "American Mass Line", and "Mass Line".
Box 3 contains newspapers from 1968 to 1969. Box 4 contains newspapers from 1970 to 1971, as well as newspapers that are undated. Box 5 contains newspapers from 1970 committed to Marxism/Leninism and anti-imperialism. Also included in this box is a pamphlet entitled "The Red Papers", which is an explanation and defense of Marxism/Leninism. Box 6 contains newspapers such as the 26 October 1970 edition of "The Technician" and the 28 September 1970 edition of "American Mass Line" that were printed on higher quality paper than standard newspapers. This box also contains posters.
Additional installments of "The Technician" are available at the Special Collections Research Center. Please ask for more information at the reference desk.
[Flat Box 3] Newspapers, 1968 - 1969
This box contains issues of the "Lutheran Free Press", the "Guardian", "protean/RADISH", and "New Left News". Two adverstisements from "The New York Times" are also included.
The "Lutheran Free Press " is a Lutheran newspaper from Valparaiso, Indiana. It's slogan is "...Digging the Radically Free Style of Life." The "Guardian" is an independent radical newsweekly from New York. The issues included in this collection relate to the black worker insurgency in Detroit and genocide. "protean/RADISH" is a radical newsweekly from the Triangle area in North Carolina. "New Left News" is a newspaper printed by the Students for a Demented Society, a spoof of the radical Students for a Democratic Society. The two items from "The New York Times" are advertisements, one of them for active-duty servicemen opposed to the Vietnam War and the other for Business Executives Move for Vietnam Peace.
"Lutheran Free Press", 13 December 1968
"Lutheran Free Press", 17 January 1969
"Lutheran Free Press", 21 February 1969
"Lutheran Free Press", 28 March 1969
"Guardian", 8 March 1969
"protean/RADISH", 14-18 April 1969
"New Left News", Spring 1969
"The New York Times" - list of 1,365 active servicemen against the war in Vietnam, 9 November 1969
"The New York Times" - advertisement for Business Executives Move for Vietnam Peace, 12 November 1969
"Guardian" - special issue about genocide, December 1969
[Flat Box 4] Newspapers, 1970 - 1971, Undated
This box contains issues of "The News and Observer", "Inquisition", "Bragg Briefs", "Chingari", "The Carolina Plain Dealer", "The Daily Tar Heel", "The Oracle of Victory", "The Canyon Collective", and "The Fish". All of these newspapers contain anti-war or anti-military themes. Many of these newspapers include tips for what to do if you are arrested.
The perspectives page from the 25 January 1970 issue of "The News and Observer" bears the headline "The Army is Watching -- From Klan rallies to war protests, all are included in Army files that raise disturbing questions." "Inquisition" is a newspaper from North Carolina. "Bragg Briefs" is a North Carolina newspaper for "GI's UNITED Against the War in Indochina." "Chingari" is the monthly organ of the Ad-Hoc Committee of the Hindustani Ghadar Party. "The Carolina Plain Dealer" is a biweekly newspaper from North and South Carolina. "The Daily Tar Heel" is the student newspaper at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "The Oracle of Victory" is a literary newsmagazine for the Southeast region. "The Canyon Collective" is a newspaper from California. "The Fish" is a Christian newspaper that circulated on NCSU's campus.
"The News and Observer", 25 January 1970
"Inquisition", 24 April 1970
"Bragg Briefs", May 1970
"Bragg Briefs", Undated
"Chingari", July-August 1970
"The Carolina Plain Dealer", January 1971
"The Daily Tar Heel", 20 March 1971
"The Oracle of Victory", 1971
"The Canyon Collective", Undated
"The Fish", Undated
[Flat Box 5] Newspapers - Marxist-Leninist/Working Class, 1970
This box contains newspapers that are committed to Marxism/Leninism or anti-imperialism. "People's America Daily News" is the "First Revolutionary Daily Newspaper of the American Working Class and People." "The Workers' Advocate" is the "Newspaper of the American Communist Workers Movement." This paper changed its name to "American Mass Line", also included in this box. "Mass Line" is the "Revolutionary Canadian Newspaper of the Proletariat for the Entire Working Class." Finally, "The Red Papers" is a pamphlet explaining and defending Marxism/Leninism.
"People's America Daily News", 1 October 1970
"People's America Daily News", 2 October 1970
"People's America Daily News", 3 October 1970
"People's America Daily News", 6 October 1970
"The Workers' Advocate", March-April 1970
"American Student", June 1970
"American Mass Line", 22 June 1970
"American Mass Line", 13 July 1970
"American Mass Line", 17 August 1970
"American Mass Line", 7 September 1970
"Mass Line", 5 April 1970
"Mass Line", 7 June 1970
"Mass Line", 5 July 1970
"The Red Papers"
[Flat Box 6] Newspapers and Posters, 1969 - 1974, Undated
This box contains posters and newspapers printed on high-grade paper. Posters include "How Many Must Die?" from the March Against Death in Washington, D.C. in November 1969, a CONspiroCY "Free Rally + Dinner" poster from Spiro Agnew's visit to NCSU in October 1970, "Free All Political Prisoners!" from a 1974 rally featuring Angela Davis, "Remember the Augusta Six" from the New England Free Press, a poster from the New England Free Press demanding for the release of political prisoners and troop withdrawal from Southeast Asia, and an advertisment for the People's Fair in Atlanta, Georgia.
Newspapers in this box include the 28 September 1970 issue of "American Mass Line" and the 26 October 1970 "The Technician". Also included is a centerfold spread, possibly from " The Technician", entitled "The Student as Nigger." This article originally appeared in the "Los Angeles Free Press" on 3 March 1967. The article's author, California professor Jerry Farber, claimed that "American students have fared no better than American Negroes." Responses to Farber are located next to the article.
Poster from the March Against Death in Washington, D.C., 13-15 November 1969
"American Mass Line", 28 September 1970
Poster for the free rally and dinner during the Spiro Agnew visit to North Carolina State University, 26 October 1970
"The Technician", 26 October 1970
Poster from a rally to free all political prisoners, featuring Angela Davis, 8 December 1974
Poster: "Remember the Augusta Six," from the New England Free Press, Undated
Poster demanding the release of political prisoners, the U.S. withdrawal from Indochina, and end of university programs such as ROTC, from the New England Free Press, Undated
Poster advertising the People's Fair in Atlanta, 3-4 April, No Year
Newspaper spread: "The Student as Nigger," Farber article and responses, Undated
Luther Russell Herman, Sr., was born in Hickory, N.C., in 1922. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Lenoir-Rhyne College in 1948. He received a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State College, and served as an instructor there from 1949 to 1950.
From 1950 to 1963, Herman worked as an engineer for the Western Electric Company, General Electric Company, and the Western Company of North Carolina. In 1964, Herman returned to North Carolina State of the Univeristy of North Carolina at Raleigh as an electrical engineering instructor. He became an assistant professor in 1965.
Herman was a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Illuminating Engineering Society, and the Professional Engineers of North Carolina. His major research accomplishment is a reactive transformer, U.S. Patent 3,128,443.
Items in this series relate to NCSU's electrical engineering department. Included are details about a 1973 conference entitled "Energy Research - Alternatives for Policy and Management to Meet Regional and National Needs." Also included are a solutions manual, a booklet about power flow analysis, and information and reports about the Roesel Generator.
[Half Box 7, Folder 1] Conference on "Energy Research - Alternatives for Policy and Management to Meet Regional and National Needs,", 1973
[Half Box 7, Folder 2] The Roesel Generator - Patent and Basic Information
[Half Box 7, Folder 3] The Roesel Generator - Report by Don William Scarboro, 1976
[Half Box 7, Folder 4] The Roesel Generator - Thesis by Don William Scarboro, 1978
[Half Box 7, Folder 5] Department of Electrical Engineering - "Solutions Manual to accompany Elements of power analysis"
[Half Box 7, Folder 6] Department of Electrical Engineering - Power Flow Program


Herman, Luther Russell, Jr.


Herman, Luther Russell, Sr.


3.5 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

7 archival boxes


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Acquisitions Information

Received from Luther Russell Herman Jr., 11 August 1975 and 24 January 1977. Received papers of Luther Russell Herman Sr., 29 April 1992 (Accession no. 1992-0002).


Processed by: Dawne E. Howard; machine-readable finding aid created by: Dawne E. Howard

Scope and Content Note

The Luther Russell Herman Jr. Papers, 1966-1978, relates chiefly to activities occuring in Raleigh and around the world during Herman's tenure as an undergraduate at North Carolina State University. This collection contains posters, flyers, armbands, bumperstickers, newspaper articles, and brochures from the anti-Vietnam War movement, as well as materials related to issues such as civil rights and anti-imperialism. Newspapers in this collection range from the religious "Lutheran Free Press" to the Marxist-Leninist "People's America Daily News" and "American Mass Line". The collection also included materials from Herman's father, who taught electrical engineering at NCSU.

Biographical Note

Luther Russell Herman Jr. received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Multi-Disciplinary Studies from North Carolina State University in 1975. During his time as a student at NCSU, Herman was an active participant in the movement against the Vietnam War. He was the secretary-treasurer for the New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam (New Mobe), and served as a marshal during the march to the North Carolina State Capitol on 8 May 1970. Six thousand people, mostly students, joined the march to protest Governor Scott's support of troop movement into Cambodia. He was also a guest writer for "The Technician", NCSU's student newspaper.

After graduating from NCSU, Herman received his Master of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980. He served as assistant systems librarian at NCSU from 1981 to 1984. He was the head of publications and a consulting editor at the University Computing Center from 1987 to 1994.

In 2001, Herman lead a workshop entitled "Active Listening: A Powerful Tool in Direct Actions" at a SURGE conference at UNC in 2001. In 2002, he trained marshals for a state-wide peace rally in Raleigh, and taught a workshop on civil disobedience in 2003. These activities are a few examples of how Herman has continued to be an active member of the Triangle community.

Controlled Terms

  1. American Students for Action.
  2. Anti-fascist movements
  3. Anti-imperialist movements
  4. CONspiroCY.
  5. Civil rights
  6. Communism
  7. Electrical engineering
  8. Herman Family
  9. Herman, Luther Russell, Jr.
  10. Herman, Luther Russell, Sr.
  11. Labor
  12. New Mobilization Committee Against the War in Vietnam.
  13. Newspapers
  14. North Carolina State College.
  15. North Carolina State University.
  16. Peace movements
  17. People's Peace Treaty.
  18. Progressive Action Commune.
  19. Raleigh Free University.
  20. Roesel generator
  21. Scarboro, Don William
  22. Women's rights
  23. Young Americans for Freedom.

Related Material

Technician, 1966-1974
North Carolina State University, Student and Other Organizations Records, 1900-1997, Various student groups external link, including:
American Students for Action
Congress of Racial Equality
Direct Action for Racial Equality
New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam
Progressive Action Commune
Raleigh Free University
Student Committee Against Radical Extremists
Students for Ramsey Clark
Vietnam Summer
Young Americans for Freedom
Young Socialist Alliance

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