Creator: Lowenstein, Allard K.
Collection number: 4340
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Abstract: Political activist Allard Kenneth Lowenstein (1929-1980) served as a lawyer, teacher, speaker, author, United States congressman from New York, United States representative to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, and founder and leader of several organizations. Correspondence, organizational records, political campaign records, congressional files, writings, speeches, press clippings, research materials, scheduling files, financial and administrative records, diaries, scrapbooks, family papers, photographs, sound recordings, videocasette tapes, and other items documenting the life and career of Allard K. Lowenstein. Correspondence, 1940s-1970s, covers Lowenstein’s service in World War II; years as a student activist at the University of North Carolina; work with the United States National Student Association, Democratic Party, Coalition for a Democratic Alternative, and other organizations; relations with Eleanor Roosevelt, Frank Porter Graham, Adlai Stevenson, William F. Buckley Jr., Aaron Henry, Eugene J. McCarthy, Norman C. Thomas, and Hubert H. Humphrey; interests in political and social affairs including civil rights, voter registration, and political reform in the United States and relations with other countries, especially Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the Soviet Union; work at Stanford University; anti-Vietnam War activities; the Ditch Johnson campaign; his successful campaign for Congress from the Fifth Congressional District of New York; various unsuccessful political campaigns for United States House and Senate seats from New York; his investigation of the Robert F. Kennedy assassination; his United Nations work; his work on Edward M. Kennedy’s 1980 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination; and other matters. Activity files, 1935-1980, document Lowenstein’s various United Nations appointments during the Carter Administration; attempts to reopen the investigation of the Robert F. Kennedy assassination; involvement in Americans for Democratic Action; attendance at the University of North Carolina; African travels; and other activities relating to civil rights, international relations, and other topics. Political campaign materials, 1942-1980, relate to campaigns of Lowenstein and others, chiefly Democrats. United States Congress materials, 19
Repository: Southern Historical Collection
Collection Highlights: The collection documents Lowenstein’s deep interest in issues of race, especially in the Civil Rights Movement. Materials documenting his activities and interests in civil rights include research notes from 1940-1968 (Series 6); speeches from 1951-1980 (Series 7.3); and interviews from between 1952-1980 (Subseries 10.2 ). The collection also contains manuscripts recording Lowenstein’s involvement in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference from 1967-1980 (Subseries 2.18); Americans for Democratic Action from 1947- 1957 and 1966-1980 (Subseries 2.22); United States National Student Association from 1950-1967 (Folder 87 in Series 2.3 and also in Subseries 2.6); and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (1963- 1964; in Subseries 2.14). Included are papers relating to Lowenstein’s opposition to apartheid in South and Southwest Africa from 1954-1963 (Subseries 2.11 and 2.27).