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David Spector papers


Held at: Temple University Libraries Special Collections Research Center [Contact Us]1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA, 19122

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David Spector was a student activist who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974.

The papers of a late 1960s University of Pennsylvania political activist including correspondence, interviews, notes, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, periodicals, and audio tapes. Much of the material focuses on a dispute between Spector and the university administration over political organizing. Prominent correspondents include Howard Lesnich and Martin Meyerson. Temple University holds other collections concerning American social/political activism, 1960-1985. The collection includes community newspapers, printed material and background information, including the West Philly Grafffiti Sheet, Community, University City News, Spruce Hill Community Association, and West Philadelphia Corporation. There are also University of Pennsylvania administration and student publications and reports, including copies of the Daily Pennsylvanian, Almanac and Disorientation, a report of the Task Force on University Governance (1970), course guides, endowment and annual giving reports, and trustee lists. The collection includes materials related to housing and neighborhood development for West Philadelphia and University City, including the planned construction of the University Hilton hotel. The Community Involvement Council at Penn is the main organizing body for activities around these issues, and files include reports, memos and statements, legal papers, correspondence, news coverage and handwritten notes from Spector. Among other documents relating to Philadelphia residents' response to the Vietnam War is a document is titled the "Penn Papers," produced by the Schuylkill River Express. There are also a number of books and pamphlets related to American foreign policy.

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