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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Social Action Coordinating Committee records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AC-0349

Scope and Contents

The collection contains administrative records and subject files about SACC's political activities between 1969 and 1975. Included are 1969 steering committee minutes; mailing lists; SACC information sheets for the March 4, 1969, action; anti-war leaflets from Students for a Democratic Society; faculty position papers on the Institute's relationship with special laboratories; and sound recordings of the National Conference on Social and Economic Conversion (December 3-5, 1969), co-sponsored by SACC; and information about the Black Panthers Party, and the Kent State University protests and killing of students in May 1970.


  • Creation: 1965 - 1976


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open.

Digital Access Note

Some parts of this collection are available online. Links to specific online digital items are found within their entry in this finding aid.

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Conditions Governing Use

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Historical Note

The Science Action Coordinating Committee (SACC) was founded in early 1969 by a small group of physics and biology graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to work for radical economic and political change within MIT and the country through education and symbolic protest. SACC's members were undergraduate and graduate students; Noam Chomsky was the group's faculty advisor. Between 1969 and 1973 SACC participated in many anti-military research and anti-war protests. Together with the MIT faculty chapter of the Union of Concerned Scientists, SACC co-sponsored a research work stoppage and teach-in on March 4, 1969, to "devise a means for turning the application of research from military uses and toward the solution of environmental and social problems." Late in 1970 SACC changed its name to the Social Action Coordinating Committee and became involved in a broader range of causes, including local tenants' issues, workers' job actions, preventing the deportation of Vietnamese students at MIT, and opposing the training of Iranian nuclear engineers. SACC ceased in 1977.


3.6 Cubic Feet (3 record cartons, 1 manuscript box, 1 oversize box)

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The Science Action Coordinating Committee (SACC) , founded at MIT, was active between 1969 and 1973 in protests against the Vietnam war and military research on campus. In 1970 SACC changed its name to the Social Action Coordinating Committee and became involved in a broader range of social causes. Records in the collection include minutes, anti-war leaflets, information about the work stoppage and teach in on March 4, 1969, faculty position papers on the Institute’s relationship with special laboratories, and sound recordings of the 1969 National Conference on Social and Economic Conversion.

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.

Related Materials in the Institute Archives and Special Collections

Science for the People Records (MC 498)

Union of Concerned Scientists Records (MC 434)

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Guide to the Records of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Social Action Coordinating Committee, 1965-1976
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