Luther Russell Herman Jr. Papers 1966-1978

Creator
Herman, Luther Russell, Jr.
Size
3.5 linear feet
Location

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Call number
MC 00094

The Luther Russell Herman Jr. Papers, 1966-1978, contain anti-war memorabilia from Herman's years as an undergraduate at North Carolina State University. The collection includes flyers, newspaper articles, bumper stickers, and armbands related to anti-war organizations such as the New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam (New Mobe) and the Progressive Action Commune (PAC), as well as information about the anti-war marches in Washington, D.C. in November 1969 and April 1971. The collection also includes information about other social issues of the late 1960s and early 1970s, such as women's and civil rights. A small series from Luther Russell Herman Sr., a professor in N.C. State's Electrical Engineering Department, is also included with this collection.

Luther Russell Herman Jr. received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Multi-Disciplinary Studies from North Carolina State University in 1975. 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.

Biographical/historical 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.

Scope/content

The Luther Russell Herman Jr. Papers, 1966-1978, relates chiefly to activities occuring in Raleigh, North Carolina, and around the world during Herman's tenure as an undergraduate at North Carolina State University. This collection contains posters, flyers, armbands, bumper s tickers, 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.

Physical description

7 archival boxes

Arrangement

This collection is divided into four series:

  • Anti-War Materials
  • Non-War Materials
  • Newspapers and Posters
  • and
  • Luther Russell Herman Sr. Papers

Use of these materials

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Luther Russell Herman Jr. Papers, MC 00094, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Related material

  • Technician, 1966-1974
  • Citizens for Ramsey Clark Records (MC 00132)
  • North Carolina State University, Student and Other Organizations Records, 1900-1997, Various student groups, 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

Source of acquisition

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).

Anti-War Materials 1969-1972, undated (MC 00094 Series 1)
Size: 4.75 linear feet

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.

1.5 archival boxes, 4 flat file folders

Vietnam Day, North Carolina State University 14-15 October 1969
Legal box 1, Folder 1
New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam (New Mobe) 1969-1971
Legal box 1, Folder 2
New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam (New Mobe), March on Washington 13-15 November 1969
Legal box 1, Folder 3
New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam (New Mobe), March on Washington 24 April 1971
Legal box 1, Folder 4
Progressive Action Commune (PAC) 1969-1971
Legal box 1, Folder 5
Progressive Action Commune (PAC), The Predawn Leftist, 1969-1971
Legal box 1, Folder 6
Young Americans for Freedom 1969-1971
Legal box 1, Folder 7
CONspiroCY/Agnew visit to North Carolina State University 1970
Legal box 1, Folder 8
Peace Retreat/American Students for Action (ASA)/Canvassing for Peace 1970
Legal box 1, Folder 9
People's Peace Treaty 1971
Legal box 1, Folder 10
National Youth Caucus 1972
Legal box 1, Folder 11
Woodstock Guerillas/Woodstock Nation
Legal box 1, Folder 12
Woodstock Guerillas/Woodstock Nation, "Burn a Puppy" Scroll
Legal box 1, Folder 13
Other Anti-War Organizations
Legal box 1, Folder 14
Anti-Draft Materials
Legal box 1, Folder 15
Anti-War: Congressional and Legal Documents
Legal box 2, Folder 1
Anti-War: Cost and Money Analysis
Legal box 2, Folder 2
Anti-War: Religious
Legal box 2, Folder 3
Raleigh Newspaper Articles
Legal box 2, Folder 4
Revolutionary Letters
Legal box 2, Folder 5
North Carolina State University Student Activities (War and Non-War)
Legal box 2, Folder 6
American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia, Parts 1 and 2
Legal box 2, Folder 7
Non-War Materials 1966-1974, undated (MC 00094 Series 2)
Size: 0.25 linear feet

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 1970Women'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.

.5 archival boxes

Advertisements for Congressman Nick Galifianakis
Legal box 2, Folder 8
Civil Rights Literature
Legal box 2, Folder 9
Labor/Unions
Legal box 2, Folder 10
Radical Education Project/New England Free Press
Legal box 2, Folder 11-12
Raleigh Free University
Legal box 2, Folder 13
Socialism/Anti-Facism
Legal box 2, Folder 14
Voices
Legal box 2, Folder 15
Women's Rights
Legal box 2, Folder 16
United States Foreign Policy in China, Cuba, Greece, and Puerto Rico
Legal box 2, Folder 17
Newspapers and Posters 1968-1974, undated (MC 00094 Series 3)
Size: 4 linear feet

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.

4 flat file folders

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.

Flat box 3
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
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.

Flat box 4
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
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.

Flat box 5
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
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 1970The 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.

Flat box 6
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. Papers 1966-1978 (MC 00094 Series 4)
Size: 0.25 linear feet

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 University 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.

.5 archival boxes

Conference on Energy Research - Alternatives for Policy and Management to Meet Regional and National Needs, 1973
Half box 7, Folder 1
The Roesel Generator - Patent and Basic Information
Half box 7, Folder 2
The Roesel Generator - Report by Don William Scarboro 1976
Half box 7, Folder 3
The Roesel Generator - Thesis by Don William Scarboro 1978
Half box 7, Folder 4
Department of Electrical Engineering - Solutions Manual to accompany Elements of power analysis
Half box 7, Folder 5
Department of Electrical Engineering - Power Flow Program
Half box 7, Folder 6

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Luther Russell Herman Jr. Papers, MC 00094, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.