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Jim Hermsen Vietnam War protest collection

Identifier: L267

Scope and Contents

This collection contains an assortment of organizational notes, propaganda, and newspapers from Jim Hermsen in Bloomington, Indiana in regard to the People's Peace Treaty and the May Day protests in 1971, which were events in response to the Vietnam War.

The following items are from the Bloomington, Indiana protests: six protest posters, propaganda buttons and two "Kidnap Kissinger" buttons. A set of instructions about protests in Washington D.C. is also included.

There are also Vietnam War protest posters from 1971 (OBC135). Most of the protest posters are handpainted. The "May Day Protest" poster includes information on what to wear, how much money to bring for jail bail and how to behave.


  • 1971


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Jim Hermsen was a resident of Bloomington, Indiana during the Vietnam War protests in 1971.


0.66 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes, 1 large oversize folder)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Jim Hermsen on 1977/08/01


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/02/23 by Patrick Ridout. EAD finding aid created 2016/02/23 by Patrick Ridout. EAD finding aid revised by Bethany Fiechter on 2016/03/30; 2021/10/28 by Lauren Patton; 2022/02/25 by Brittany Kropf.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.