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HIS301: Historical Writing: UB Campus Unrest

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Last Updated: Jan 8, 2024 4:09 PM

Campus Unrest - An Introduction

Once referred to as the Berkeley of the East, UB has a rich history of activism among its students, faculty, and staff. Throughout the 1960s and into the early 1970s, campus culture was defined by protests—we refer to this time as Campus Unrest. Notable topics of concern amongst the UB community included:

  • Anti-Vietnam War sentiment
    • Dow Chemical
    • Project Themis
    • Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
    • "Buffalo Nine" & "Faculty 45"
    • Buffalo Police occupation on campus
  • Civil Rights
    • Attica Prison Uprising


UB Marching Band performs “Give Peace a Chance” at UB v. Holy Cross, October 31, 1970. #PA_3627_3A.

Student protesters occupy Hayes Hall, March 19, 1969. #UA_90A_2_5

Acting President Regan and other administrators discuss ROTC, March 3, 1970. #RG-9-6-00-2_1970_080_1

Tear gas on campus near Foster Hall, May 5, 1970. #UA_90A_23_1

Hayes Hall Blockade, March 5, 1970. #UA_90A_12_1

Buffalo Police gathering in Clark Gym, March 8, 1970. #UA_90A_13_22

Students and faculty marching in protest of Buffalo Police occupation, March 8, 1970. #UA_90A_13_4

Buffalonian yearbook page showing arrested and injured protesters, March 12, 1970. #RG9-6-00-2_1970_083

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