David Lyon Student Activism Materials

MC 1703

Special Collections Department
University of Arkansas Libraries

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Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
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Email: specoll@uark.edu

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Krista Jones, 2010.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Lyon, David
David Lyon Student Activism Materials
Inclusive Dates
MC 1703
.5 linear ft. (1 box)
Materials are in English.
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The David Lyon Student Activism Materials were donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, on May 7, 2007, by David Lyon of Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Processing Information

Processed by Nick Cannella; completed in September 2007

Preferred Form of Citation

David Lyon Student Activism Materials (MC 1703), Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Related Collections

Arkansas Council on Human Relations Rcords (MS Ar4 ACHR)

Biographical Note

David "Chi" Lyon, of Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, was a student activist at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in the free speech and Civil Rights movements from 1964 until his graduation in 1966 with a BA in Sociology. During his time as a student, Lyon held the position of treasurer in the Arkansas Committee of Concern in the 1964-1965 school year and was president of the University of Arkansas Chapter of the Council on Human Relations in the 1965-1966 school year. The Arkansas Committee of Concern was linked to the Methodist Campus Ministry. One of its activities included a 1965 spring break trip to assist in African-American church rebuilding in Mississippi. The University of Arkansas Chapter Council on Human Relations' primary achievement was the integration of student dormitory rooms. In addition, David Lyon was a member of the Foreign Relations Club. In late 1964, the Foreign Relations Club invited Peter Vassilev, the cultural affairs officer of the Bulgarian Embassy to campus. Vassilev was later denied access to University facilities for a public forum by the University administration due to his status as a representative of a communist regime. This lead to a controversy on free speech.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains organizational materials and newspaper clippings regarding activities in which Lyon participated.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Free Speech at University of Arkansas Materials and Newspaper Clippings, November 1964

Box 1 Folder 2

Civil Rights Demonstration at Arkansas State Capitol Materials and Newspaper Clippings, March 11, 1965

Box 1 Folder 3

Arkansas Committee of Concern Materials and Newspaper Clippings, Spring 1965

Box 1 Folder 4

University of Arkansas Council on Human Relations Materials, November 1965-April 1966

Box 1 Folder 5

Miscellaneous Materials and Newspaper Clippings, 1965


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