University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Helen Garvy and Robert Pardun Papers, 1960-2007

Source Garvy, Helen
Creator Garvy, Helen
Source Pardun, Robert
Creator Pardun, Robert
Title: Helen Garvy and Robert Pardun papers
Dates: 1960-2007
Identification: camh-arc-004160
Extent: 1 linear foot
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Biographical Note

Helen Garvy became active in civil rights movements while at Harvard University in the 1960s. In 1963, she helped start the Harvard chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and was elected assistant national secretary in 1964. In 1967, she moved to San Francisco to teach in an alternative school. Garvy is a filmmaker and author. Her works include the documentary Rebels With a Cause (2000), a history of SDS, and the book Before You Shoot: A Guide to Low-Budget Film and Video Production (1985).

Robert Pardun, born in Kansas, was a founder of the SDS chapter at the University of Texas in 1964. A graduate student in mathematics, he dropped out of school and became an SDS national officer in 1967. After the SDS dissoved in 1969, he joined a commune in the Ozarks. He has been a math instructor and metal worker, and he served as associate producer of Garvy's documentary Rebels With a Cause. He is the author of Prairie Radical: A Journey Through the Sixties (2001).

Content Description

Correspondence, photographs, books, administrative files, videos, and law enforcement files chronicle the antiwar and social justice activities of Helen Garvy and Robert Pardun, both of whom were leaders in the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). The Garvy and Pardun papers include photographs, news releases, and Federal Bureau of Investigation files on Robert Pardun and student protests at the University of Texas at Austin in the 1960s. Also included are Garvy and Pardun's books recounting the period.


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Index Terms

Personal Names
Garvy, Helen
Pardun, Robert
Corporate Names
Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.)
Anti-war demonstrations
Students--Societies and clubs
Vietnam War (1961-1975)

Related Materials

See also Students for a Democratic Society Records, 1968-1972.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Helen Garvy and Robert Pardun Papers, 1960-2007, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Colleen Hobbs, November 2019.

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Detailed Description of the Collection


2019-193/1 [23313377] Photographs of student activists, circa 1960-circa 1969
Student protest photographs and negatives, including "Austin Red Squad" and Roy's Lounge demonstration, 1964-1965
FBI files, Students for a Democratic Society, 1964-1965
Mississippi and Michigan police reports, Robert Pardun, 1964-1967
Students for a Democratic Society newsletters, 1965
Students for a Democratic Society protest photographs, including Pardun, Judith Ann Schiffer, and George Vizard, 1965
Students for a Democratic Society, Easter protest at LBJ ranch, photographs and negatives, 1965
FBI files, George Vizard and Roy's Lounge demonstration, 1965
Pardun statement regarding SDS, 1965
FBI files, Robert Pardun, 1965
FBI files and SDS materials, Robert Pardun, 1965-1968
SDS materials, University of Texas; UT Office of the Chancellor; University of Iowa; City of Austin; news releases and correspondence, 1965-1967
Correspondence, police files, file request information, 1968
FBI files and Department of the Army correspondence, Robert Perdun, 1968-1972
FBI memorandum and Freedom of Information correspondence with Internal Revenue Service, Robert Pardun, 1968-1972
FBI files, Robert Pardun, 1968
FBI files, Students for a Democratic Society, 1968-1971
FBI files and Freedom of Information correspondence, U.S. Department of Justice, Robert Pardun, 1968-1975
FBI files, Robert Pardun, 1967
FBI files, Robert Pardun, 1969
FBI files, Robert Pardun, 1969-1972
Correspondence regarding Freedom of Information requests, 1989-1997
Freedom Is Contagious: Views of the Women's Movement (1965-1969), DVD, by Helen Garvy, 2003
Rebels With a Cause, by Helen Garvy, DVD (2 copies), 2003
Rebels With a Cause, by Helen Garvy (2 copies), 2007
Prairie Radical: A Journey through the Sixties, by Robert Pardun, 2001
2.325/A106c [SRH1230000286] Student Social Security numbers, undated
Conditions Governing Access
Restricted, Social Security numbers.