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Lexington Oral History Projects, Inc.; Democracy and Dissent Collection : DVDs, CDs, photographs and documents,1994-2007


DVDs, CDs, photographs and documents, 1994-2007


This collection was donated to the Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences and is part of the Joiner Center Collection in the Archives and Special Collections Department of the Healey Library at the University of Massachusetts Boston Library. It was donated by Nancy Earsy in September 2009.


A collection of 66 interviews and related materials about the Memorial Day 1971 anti-war protests and arrests that took place on the Battle Green in Lexington, Massachusetts. In the early 1990s, a small group of local residents formed the Lexington Oral History Projects, Inc. (LOHP) to document the protest on the Battle Green and related events. The LOHP video-recorded 66 interviews (approximately 80 hours) with participants in or witnesses to the events from various points of view: town officials, police, Vietnam veterans, protest organizers, and townspeople in support and opposition.

Scope and Content

The interviews on DVDs were copied from videotapes recorded in the early 1990s. The picture quality is less than perfect. Flaws in the video or audio existed on the original tapes. The archive is a shared collection of the Lexington Historical Society, Lexington's Cary Memorial Library and Joiner Center Archives at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Interviews are available on DVD at Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, Massachusetts and the Healey Library, UMass Boston. The collection also includes a DVD copy of the documentary: Unfinished symphony, democracy and dissent (Northern Lights, 2001).


66 oral history interviews with participants and observers: DVDs

A guide to the Lexington Oral Histories Project interviews on paper and on CD.

Struggle for the Green: Democracy and Dissent: DVD.  

Documentary: Unfinished symphony, democracy and dissent (Northern Lights, 2001), award-winning one hour film by Bestor Cram and Mike Majores concerning the Vietnam War veterans’ plea for public dissent and an examination of the legacy of the American war in Vietnam.

Photographs taken by Ted Polumbaum of the protest events.