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12 Days in May Betamax Tapes

Identifier: 2013-027

Scope and Contents

Collection contains the Beta Tapes during the student unrest May 1970 at the University of Alabama.


  • 1970-05

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Biographical / Historical

On May 4, 1970, at Kent State University in Ohio, thirteen students were shot during a Vietnam War protest, four of them fatally. This event set off a chain reaction of protests at universities all around the country, including our own.

To summarize what happened here at UA: “[A]fter several confrontations between anti-war demonstrators and students who opposed them, the Tuscaloosa Women’s Movement organized a memorial service for those killed at Kent State and in the Vietnam War. The memorial service turned into a major demonstration on the lawn of an unoccupied President’s Mansion before culminating in the occupation of the Supe Store in the Alabama Union Building. Later that night, Dressler Hall burned to the ground.”

This was a period of uncertainty of clashes between different factions within the student body, and between students and the administration and police.


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Collection contains the Beta Tapes during the student unrest May 1970 at the University of Alabama.


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Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266