Fonds RC0224 - Combined Universities Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament : Student Union for Peace Action : New Left Committee fonds

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Combined Universities Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament : Student Union for Peace Action : New Left Committee fonds

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  • 1960-1968 (Creation)

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2.8 m of textual records and graphic material

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The Combined Universities Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CUCND) was founded in the late 1950s. In December 1964 it was succeeded by Student Union for Peace Action (SUPA) which was concerned with a wide range of social issues, not simply nuclear disarmament. SUPA's head office was in Toronto but there were branches on many university campuses in Canada. SUPA projects included work with blacks in Nova Scotia, poor whites in Kingston, Ontario, native peoples in Saskatchewan and Doukhobors of Nova Scotia, and anti-Vietnam protests and marches. By the winter of 1965 SUPA was an exhausted organization and was beginning to fall apart. From late 1965 to 1967, SUPA's role consisted mainly of supplying literature from its Research, Information and Publications Project (RIPP). SUPA was formally dissolved in September 1967 and succeeded by the New Left Committee which lasted until the summer of 1968.

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The fonds contains minutes, correspondence, finance, and activities; mimeographed documents, newsletters and pamphlets; statements, minutes, lists and publications; and photographs.

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The first accrual was obtained from the Toronto offices of SUPA in 1970 with subsequent additions to the first accrual from Howard Adelman and Don Roebuck. The second accrual (08-1991) was obtained from Harvey Shepperd of Montreal in 1990. The third accrual (33-1991) was obtained from Dr. Jon Conway in October 1991. The fourth accrual (11-2005) was obtained from Judy Pocock in March 2005.


There have been four accruals. The first accrual is arranged as follows: minutes, correspondence, finance, and activities. The second accrual contains mimeographed documents, newsletters and pamphlets. The third accrual contains correspondence, statements, minutes, lists and publications. The fourth accrual consists of two photographs in a single mount.

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Issues of the SUPA Newsletter, New Left Committee Bulletin and Wine Press have been removed from this fonds and catalogued as part of the Division's serials collection.

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No further accruals are expected.

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