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Students for a Democratic Society and 1968 Democratic Convention. Publications Collection

Identifier: Midwest-MS-SDS

Scope and Content of the Collection

This small collection consists of periodicals, pamphlets and wall posters. Many of the materials were collected by Rosemont between the 1960s and 80s. Periodicals mostly depict Chicago local politics with an emphasis on the 1968 Democratic National Convention, but also include articles on labor movements around the world.


  • 1967-1988
  • Majority of material found in 1968 - 1968



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Students for a Democratic Society and 1968 Democratic Convention Publications Collection is open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Students for a Democratic Society and 1968 Democratic Convention Publications Collection is the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Biography of Franklin Rosemont

Chicago-based poet, artist, historian, and street speaker

Born in Chicago on October 2, 1943, to the printer Henry Rosemont and the jazz musician Sally Rosemont, Franklin Rosemont was a labor activist, artist, and the co-founder in 1966 of the Chicago Surrealist Group, a group of revolutionary, left-wing artists inspired by the Surrealist art of André Breton. At the age of seven, he joined the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), an international, radical labor union, and remained a committed member for the rest of life. Rosemont dropped out of school after his third year of high school but spent a significant amount of time in the Art Institute of Chicago’s library learning about surrealism, eventually enrolling at Roosevelt University in 1962. Active in the 1960s with IWW, the Rebel Worker group, the Solidarity Bookshop, and Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Franklin helped to lead strikes, as well as produce pamphlets, posters, flyers, newspapers, and broadsheets on the SDS printing press. He passed away on April 12, 2009, and was married to Penelope Rosemont, who still resides in Rogers Park, Illinois.


1.3 Linear Feet (1 oversize box)


Compiled by Chicago-based Franklin Rosemont and donated by his wife, Penelope Rosemont, this collection consists of pamphlets, wall posters, and periodicals focusing on the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the 1968 Democratic convention.


The periodicals, wall posters, and pamphlets are arranged by name alphabetically. Within the New Left Notes periodicals, the issues are arranged chronologically.

Collection Stack Location

1 33 6


Gift of Franklin and Penelope Rosemont, 2007.

Processed by

Alex Haskins, 2015.
Inventory of the Students for a Democratic Society and 1968 Democratic Convention Publications Collection1967-1988, bulk 1968
Alex Haskins
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States