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Guide to the New Wave Party Records

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1980-1992
Creator: New Wave Party
Extent: 10.00 linear feet.
Collection Number: RG02.0006.003
Repository: University of Iowa Archives
Summary:

Access: This collection is open for research.

Use: Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Acquisition: The bulk of the records of the New Wave Party were donated to the University Archives by Linda Yanney in 2002. Additional material (series VIII Progressive Student Network) was donated by Stephanie Weiner and Joe Iosbaker in 2007. The collection was processed by Jared Burkholder in 2006 and David McCartney in 2007. Guide posted to the Internet July 2006; revised February 2007.

Preferred Citation: New Wave Party Records, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Repository: University of Iowa Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5921
Curator: David McCartney
Email: david-mccartney@uiowa.edu
Website: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/sc/archives

In the spring of 1979, concerned students at the University of Iowa believed they were poised to help initiate a fresh movement of political activism on campus. Capturing this idea by calling themselves "New Wave", these students organized a progressive party within the university student government and entered the election campaign for seats in the Student Senate the following year. Since 1980, when they won 8 of the 21 seats, they enlarged their support base and solidified an aggressive platform built around their support of a wide range of social causes.

New Wave soon formally disengaged from the Student Senate, but continued to advocate for a number of concerns including reproductive rights, racial and gender equality, peace, women's empowerment, and opposition to Apartheid. In this pursuit, New Wave opposed anti-abortion activity in the Iowa City area and worked against the conservative efforts of what they called the "New Right". Throughout the 1980s, they opposed US foreign policy under the Reagan and Bush (Sr.) administrations and promoted "solidarity" with the people they considered victims of US "militarism", especially in Central America. New Wave offered public forums, film showings and rallies in addition to organizing local demonstrations and protest activities.

Organizationally, New Wave was a single party, but networked with many other organizations; its members were often active in a variety of committees and associations. Members of New Wave conceived of themselves as uniting the efforts of numerous progressive groups that would have otherwise remained uncoordinated. The party was affiliated with the Progressive Student Network (PSN), a national organization, but more significantly, worked along side local bodies including the Student Coalition Against Registration and the Draft (SCARD), the Iowa Coalition against Apartheid (ICAA), the Central America Solidarity Committee (CASA), and CIA Off campus to name just a few. New Wave also worked closely with numerous organizations on the University of Iowa campus including the Women's Caucus and the Women's Resource and Action Committee.

New Wave's political influence waned in the early 1990s. The party's last efforts can be seen in its opposition to US involvement in the Persian Gulf Conflict. New Wave's activities, which lasted for more than a decade, however, represent a significant contribution to student activism on the University of Iowa campus. The party's efforts essentially spanned the period between the post-Viet Nam era and the beginning of the Clinton years.

The records of the New Wave Party date from its founding in 1980 to its dissolution in 1992 and measure about 10 linear feet, some of which is housed in oversized boxes. The files were initially arranged by topic. This existing structure was followed as much as possible; however, the majority of file categories and the general order of the collection that now exists were created during processing. An initial assessment of the collection and its condition was done in the spring of 2005 and processing was completed in the summer of 2006. The collection is arranged in eight series: Administration, Organizations, Topics and Concerns, Publications, Events and Activism, Ephemera, Ephemera - oversized, and Progressive Student Network.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: ADMINISTRATION
Series 2: ORGANIZATIONS
Series 3: TOPICS AND CONCERNS
Series 4: PUBLICATIONS
Series 5: EVENTS AND ACTIVISM
Series 6: EPHEMERA
Series 7: EPHEMERA - OVERSIZE
Series 8: PROGRESSIVE STUDENT NETWORK

  • Series 1: ADMINISTRATION
  • Sub-Series: General
  • Box 1:
  • Budget Forms - 1984-1991
  • Business Meetings - 1980-1989
  • Constitution and Organizational Structure
  • Contact Information
  • Daily Ledger - 1985-1986
  • Financial Allocation Forms - 1985-1992
  • Financial Statements - 1984-1991
  • History, member notes by Linda Yanney - 1980
  • History, Strategy and Proposals - 1980-1983
  • Promotional Literature
  • Receipts and Invoices - 1982-1988
  • Student Elections
  • Suspension of Jackie Majerus - 1984
  • UI Student Senate - 1980-1986
  • Sub-Series: Correspondence
  • Box 1:
  • Campus Mail - 1985-1989
  • Ellis, Dorsey - UI Vice President for Finance and University Services - 1985
    Related to business activities in South Africa, see also "Divestment" and "Sullivan Statement" in Series II
  • Form letters from various organizations - 1981-1985
  • Grassley, Charles - US Senate - 1985
  • Hagemann, Bruce and Lynne Adrian - 1981-1983
  • Hillel House/Foundation - 1981-1988
  • Iosbaker, Joe - 1983-1986
  • Mann, Tom and Charles Bruner - Iowa Senate - 1985
  • Nestor, Bruce - 1981-1986
  • Perrin, Craig - UISS Committee for a Free South Africa - 1984-1985
    Includes correspondence with various state and federal officials including Cooper Evans, Tom Harkin, Charles Grassley, Jim Lightfoot, Jean Lloyd-Jones, Tom Tauke and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad
  • Student Activities Board - 1988-1989
  • Various persons - 1981-1986
  • Voice, The - 1984
    See also "The Voice" in Series IV
  • Series 2: ORGANIZATIONS
  • Sub-Series: General
  • Box 2:
  • Africa Fund
  • All People's Congress
  • American Committee on Africa
  • Committees of Solidarity: Central America
  • Frente Farabundo marti Para La Liberacion Nacional
  • Global Community Network
  • Iowa Public Interest Research Group
  • Liberal Arts Student Association
  • MECHA
  • New El Salvador Today
  • Nicaragua Interfaith Committee for Action
  • US out of Central America
  • National Network in Solidarity with the Nicaraguan people
  • No Business as Usual Action Network
  • Progressive Student Network
  • Radical Women/Mujeres Radicales
  • Religious Student Organization
  • River City Housing Coop
  • Salvadorian Woman's Association
  • Socialist Party
  • Society for International Development
  • Student Coalition Against the Draft (SCARD)
  • Students Against Reaganism
  • Students for Reproductive Rights
  • Those United to Fight Fascism
  • Union of International Students
  • UI Veterans Association
  • War Resistors League
  • Sub-Series: Rape Victims Advocacy Program (RVAP)
  • Box 2:
  • Dormitory Graffiti Incident: March - 1989
  • General Information
  • Men Stopping Rape/Men's Anti-Rape Resource Center
  • Public Awareness Literature
  • Sexual Harassment Literature
  • "Through Women's Eyes"
  • University of Iowa Rape Statistics - 1985-1989
  • Sub-Series: Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES)
  • Box 2:
  • Midwest Regional Chapter
  • National Office
  • National Convention - 1985
  • Sub-Series: Central America Solidarity Committee (CASC)
  • Box 3:
  • Budget/Financial - 1990-1991
  • Internal Documents/Correspondence - 1982-1986
  • Promotional Literature
  • Sub-Series: Women's Caucus
  • Box 3:
  • Budget Forms - 1985-1986
  • Constitution and Self-Definition
  • Contact Information    
  • Financial Statements and Receipts - 1985-1989
  • Internal Documents and correspondence - 1985-1988
  • Lenora Fulani/New Alliance Party
  • Promotional Literature
  • Readings
  • Reproductive Rights
  • Sexism/Violence Against Women
  • Take Back the Night
    See artifacts in series VII
  • "Tight Spaces"
  • Women's Art Event
  • Women's Resource and Action Center
  • Women in the Work Place
  • Sub-Series: Iowa Coalition Against Apartheid (ICAA)
  • Box 4:
  • Activity Literature
  • Divestment
    See also "Jessup Hall sit-in" in series V and Banner ("Divest!") in Series VII
  • Internal Documents - 1985-1986
  • "Sell the Stock"
    See also "Divestment"
  • Sullivan Statement
    See also "Dorsey Ellis" in Series I
  • UN Center Against Apartheid
  • Sub-Series: CIA Off-Campus
    See also: scrapbook in Series VI
  • Box 4:
  • Administrative/Internal documents
  • "Anti-CIA Organizing Manual"
  • Bill of Rights Foundation
  • CIA Literature
  • Promotional Literature
  • Series 3: TOPICS AND CONCERNS
  • Sub-Series: Subjects
  • Box 5:
  • Affirmative Action
  • African American Issues
  • Agriculture
  • CARP (Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles; Unification Church)
  • Campus Security
  • Child Care
  • Department of Defense Research
  • Diversity
  • FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
  • GLBT concerns (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender)
  • Hormel
  • Human Rights/Amnesty International
  • Intifada USA; "Not the Daily Iowan"
  • Immigration
  • KKK (Ku Klux Klan)
  • Latin American Studies
  • Maranatha
  • Native American Issues
  • Peace/Nonviolence
  • Persian Gulf Conflict
  • Prison system
  • Pornography
  • Selective Service/Draft
  • Star Wars/SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative)
  • Terrorism
  • University Budget Cuts
  • US Air Force Research
  • Sub-Series: People
  • Box 5:
  • Bork, Judge Robert
  • Farrakhan, Louis
  • Fishman, Tina
  • Hampton, Fred
  • Horner, Charles
  • Schlafly, Phyllis
  • Stockwell, John
  • Sub-Series: Women's Issues
  • Box 6:
  • Judith Mentzer Poetry Project
  • Title IX
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Women and Peace
  • Women's Oral History
  • Women's Rights
  • Sub-Series: International Issues
  • Box 6:
  • Chile
  • Guatemala
  • El Salvador
  • India
  • Iran
  • Israel and the West Bank (Booklets)
    3 folders
  • Libya
  • Namibia
  • Nicaragua
  • Palestine
  • Philippines
  • South Africa, Apartheid
  • Sub-Series: Reproductive Rights
  • Box 7:
  • Abortion Rights Action League
  • Emma Goldman Clinic
  • Iowa Reproductive Rights Coalition
  • Legal debates concerning abortion
  • Newsprint sources - 1979-1984
  • Planned Parenthood Literature
  • Pro-Life Movement 
  • Promotional Literature
  • Public Statements
  • UI Right to Life vs. UI Student Senate (Student Judicial Court)
  • Series 4: PUBLICATIONS
  • Box 8:
  • AZANIA (Africa): March and June - 1985
  • CISPES (Committee in solidarity with the People of El Salvador) - 1984-1991
  • CALC (Clergy and Laity Concerned): March - 1984
  • C.R.P.E.A.G.: April - 1986
  • KAR International (Iranian Peoples Fedaii Guerrillas): February-January - 1981-1982
  • Barricada (Sandinista National Liberation Front): August - 1983
  • Black Liberation Month News: February - 1985
  • Bulletin (Human Rights Commission of El Salvador) - 1984-1985
  • Campus Review: April - 1987
  • Central America Alert (US Out of Central America) - 1984
  • Conscience (Pro-Choice Catholics): September - 1983
  • The Challenger: February-May - 1983-1984
  • Chicago Illini: April - 1985
  • Daily Iowan: May - 1984, 1985
  • Emma's Periodical Rag: Fall, Winter - 1981
  • Food First News: Spring - 1985
  • Forward Motion: A Socialist Magazine: February, March - 1989
  • Free Palestine: July-August - 1976
  • The Guardian: May - 1987
  • Iran Liberation: March-February - 1983-1984
  • Iran Solidarity, undated
    One issue
  • Islamic Unity: March - 1982
  • National Catholic Register: May 6 - 1984
  • New Patriot: May-June - 1992
  • New York Times: March 30 and May 2 - 1987, 1992
  • Box 9:
  • The New Wave Times (Southeast Missouri State University): Spring - 1982
  • Nicaragua Libre (Nicaragua Solidarity Committee): May and April - 1986
  • The Nuclear Register: #31
  • The Observer: January, May, December - 1982
  • Our Sunday Visitor: April, May - 1984
  • Palestine: March, April - 1983
  • Palestine Perspectives: May-June, September-October - 1982, 1983
  • Palestine Congress of North America Newsletter: September, October - 1983
  • Palestine Focus (November 29th Committee for Palestine): August-December - 1983-1989
  • Palestine Human Rights Bulletin: August-Fall - 1980-1984
  • People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran: February-April - 1980-1982
  • Progressive Student News - 1986-1992
  • United States Anti-Apartheid Newsletter: Spring, Fall - 1986, 1987
  • Via Pacis (Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines) - 1984-1985
  • The Voice: October-April - 1984-1985
    See also correspondence in series I
  • Washington Peace Letter: August, May - 1986, 1992
  • Witness for Peace, undated
    One issue, Iowa newspaper
  • World Student Times (CARP): September-April - 1981-1982
  • Zenger: The Heartland's Alternative Journal: May - 1987
  • Series 5: EVENTS AND ACTIVISM
  • Box 10:
  • Activity Lists
    See Scrapbooks, photographs, and newspaper clippings in series VI and VII for media coverage and images related to many of the events listed here
  • Business College Boycott
  • Chants and Songs
  • "Day After" Rally
  • "Die In" Anti-Military Rally
  • Disorientation Week
  • Film Showings
  • "Flyers" (event posters) for numerous events
    Some of these may also be found among subject files throughout the collection. Duplicates may be found in both places
  • "Flyers" (event posters) - various originals
  • International Women's Month: March - 1992
  • Jessup Hall Sit-In and Fast: April/May - 1985
    See "Divestment" in series II
  • Lobbying Activity
    See also Craig Perrin correspondence in series I
  • Night Against the Right
  • Occupation of the office of Representative Cooper Evans
  • Omaha Freedom of Choice Days
  • Pro-Choice demonstration (dramatized deaths from "coat hanger" abortions)
  • Protest Procedures
  • Tuition Freeze Rally
  • U.S. out of Lebanon Rally
  • Washington D.C. Marches
  • Series 6: EPHEMERA
  • Sub-Series: General
  • Box 11:
  • Creative Writing
  • "Introduction to American Politics" (content of student notebook)
  • "Latin American News Colloquium"
  • Photographs
  • Press clippings - 1988-1989
  • Press clippings, photocopies
  • Press clippings, random
  • Sub-Series: Scrapbooks
  • Box 11:
  • CIA Off-Campus
  • Loose scrapbook pages
  • "New Wave" - 1988
  • Box 12:
  • Scrapbooks - 1980-1982
    5 scrapbooks
  • Sub-Series: VHS Media
  • Box 13:
  • 1-800-PEACE-NOW
    2 VHS
  • "Out for the Count"
  • "Wrath of Grapes"
  • Series 7: EPHEMERA - OVERSIZE
  • Sub-Series: Artifacts and Oversize Scrapbooks
  • Box 14:
  • Archbishop Oscar A. Romero card
    2 cards
  • Death Squads Pin
  • "Freedom For" postcard
  • How the Other Half Lives picture rolls
    2 items
  • Blue Large Scrapbook
  • Red Large Scrapbook
  • Neo-Nazi postcard
  • "No Blood for Oil" canisters
    8 items
  • "Not a Dime for Death Squad Government" bumper sticker
  • North Dakota KKK postcard
  • Rape Crisis Line key chain
    2 items. See RVAP in series II
  • "Read my Lips - Dump Bush" bumper sticker
  • "Students for Jackson" sign
  • "Stop US Invasion of Nicaragua" postcard
    2 items
  • Take Back the Night Pin
    See Women's Caucus in series II
  • Take Back the Night small sign
    See Women's Caucus in series II
  • "Troops Out Now - No Blood for Oil" bumper sticker
    3 items
  • Whistle Stop whistle and chain
    See RVAP in series II
  • "Winds" business card
  • Sub-Series: Textiles
  • Box 15:
  • Banner - "Divest!"
  • Banner - "FSLN"
  • Banner - "New Wave"
  • Banner - "US Out of Panama"
  • White sheet
  • Box 16:
  • Banner - "Sanctions Now"
  • Banner - Solidarity with the Women of Nicaragua
    2 items
  • Shirt - "Steps to Freedom 89"
  • Box 17:
  • Black fabric
  • Black robe
  • Black strips
  • Series 8: PROGRESSIVE STUDENT NETWORK
  • Box 18:
  • Activity - 1980
  • Activity - 1981
  • Activity - 1982
  • Activity - 1983
  • Activity - 1984
  • Activity - 1985
  • Activity - 1986
  • Activity - 1987
  • Activity - 1988
  • Box 19:
  • Activity - 1989
  • Activity - 1990
  • Activity - 1991-1992
  • Original brochures - 1988
  • Newsletters - 1981-1992

This collection is indexed under the following subject terms.


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