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Records of the Campaign for Academic Freedom
RG 02.06.01
Collection Dates: 1992-1995
1.25 linear ft.

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Acquisition and Processing Information: The collection was processed by Matthew Friedman and David McCartney in 2002. Guide posted to the Internet 2002; revised December 2006.


Campaign for Academic Freedom circular, 1993

Campaign for Academic Freedom circular

Scope and Contents

The papers of the Campaign for Academic Freedom are comprised of news clippings, texts of speeches/rallies, petitions, correspondence, and an extensive array of documents relating to all aspects of the Board of Regents, University of Iowa governance, and the Sexually Explicit Materials Policy. 

The organization maintained records of almost every aspect of its work, including posters and logos disseminated throughout the campus.  In addition to the printed documents, the collection contains a computer disk.  For an additional note on that electronic record, please see the corresponding folder (Box 3).

The documents attest to perhaps one of the most passionate debates to arise on the University of Iowa campus in the 1990’s.   

Organizational History

The Campaign for Academic Freedom was formed on October 11, 1993 on the eve of a Board of Regents hearing to enact the Sexually Explicit Materials Policy.  The C.A.F. argued that the policy would curtail both academic freedom and free expression, but also create a hostile and discriminatory environment for gay and lesbian faculty, staff, and students. 

The hearing and the newly enacted policy came in response to a controversy dating back to September, 1991.  At that time a German language professor had screened a film, Taxi Zum Klo.  Some students who had attended the screening became outraged at a particularly controversial, sexually explicit scene. The offended students felt that they should have been informed of such content in advance of the screening. 

Once the Iowa State Board of Regents came to agree with those students and to enforce the new policy, the C.A.F. began a vigorous campaign of rallies and protests to counter the measure. The organization disbanded by June, 1995.

[M. Friedman, 2002]

Related Materials

Records of the GLBTAU (RG 02.03.18), University Archives

Other related materials at the University Archives include Code of Student Life booklets (RG 24.03) and student protest folders filed under Miscellaneous in the Subject Vertical Files (RG 01.15.05).

Box Contents List

Box 1: 

News Clippings and Press Releases, November 1991-November 1992

----. February 1993-September 1993

----. October 1993

----. November 1993

----. December 1993-January 1994

----. February 1994

----. March 1994-April 1994

----. May 1994-September 1994

----. October 1994-November 1994

----. December 1994-April 1995

----. May 1995-June 1995

Newspaper Index, 1992

Petitions-‘Petition 1’, [ND]

----. ‘Petition 2’, [ND]

----. ‘Petition 3’, [ND]

----. 1994

----.  [ND]

----. ‘Inqueery Conference’, [ND]

----. Alumni Statements, 1994-1995

Petition-related Materials, [ND]


Box 2: 

Correspondence and email, 1991-1993

Correspondents include:  Berenstein, Marvin S.; Collins, Thomas M.; Dorr, 

Thomas C.; Lara, Michael; O’Neil, Robert M.; Painter, Kim; Rawlings III, Hunter R.; White, J. Patrick;

----. 1993-1994

Correspondents include:  Aiken, Judith P.; Chomsky, Noam; Dorfman, Donald D.;   Fallow, Jean S.; Farley, Cryss; Gillespie, Marcia Ann; Grady, David L.; Knoll, Erwin; O’Neil, Robert M.; Painter, Kim; Smetak, Jacqueline R.; Wilson, John K.

----. 1994

Correspondents include:  Carroll, Joyce Armstrong; Donovan, Brian R.; Fallow, Jean S. (with Susan Wolfe); Hoffenberg, Peter; Jones, Phillip E.; Meyer, Nicholas; Rawlings III, Hunter R.; Reyes, Israel; Rhodes, Ann M.; Smetak, Jacqueline R.; Trifaro, Grace; Wilson, John K.

----. 1994-1995

Correspondents include:  Carroll, Joyce Armstrong; Eckstein, Barbara; Fallow, Jean S. (solo and with Tom Lewis, Patrick Miller, Israel Reyes); Frick, Robert J.; Jones, Phillip E.; Lewis, Thomas E.; Reyes, Israel (with Tom Lewis); Verbicky, Annie

Speeches and Statements, 1991

----. 1992

----. 1993

----. 1994

----. 1995

Speeches-Reactions, 1994

Posters and Logos, [ND]

----. [ND]

Classroom Manuals, 1993

----. 1994

Classroom Manuals-Handbook for Teaching Assistants, [ND]

Essays, [ND]

----.  [ND]

Journals and Newsletters, 1992-1994

----.  [ND]

Memoranda, 1993

----. 1994-1995

Personal Notes/Informal Memoranda, [ND]

Agendas/Faculty Senate, 1993

Faculty Senate Memberships, [ND]

Schedules-Board of Regents, 1994

Sexually Explicit Materials Policy, 1993-1994

Police Reports, 1994

Proposals/Resolutions, 1993-1994

Plays-Special Presentations, 1994

Publicity, [ND]

Notices, 1993-1994

Timelines of Organizational History, 1995

Research Materials, [ND]

Photographs, [ND]


Box 3: 

Electronic Records/Directory, 1994-1995

Cartoons/Newsletter Materials, [ND]

Fliers and Brochures, [ND]

----. [ND]