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When Citizens Take to the Streets

Album Description

What images can we find in the Library of Congress that depict times of protest and unrest in the United States? Students can investigate the historic events that brought Americans into the streets and research outcomes and results.  Please add other Library of Congress primary sources on street protests to this album.  

protest demonstration

VIETNAM PROTEST- protesters in front of the White House

Reference note

Creator(s): Leffler, Warren K., photographer
Date Created/Published: 1971 February 10.
Call Number: LC-U9-23942- 28 [P&P]
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Notes: Title and date from log book. Contact sheet available for reference purposes: USN&WR COLL - Job no. 23942, frame 28. Forms part of: U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection.

Little Denise Davidson, 5 months old, sleeps peacefully while her mother, Mrs. Donald Davidson, of 278 Clinton St., Bklyn., marches with ban-the-bomb group outside the United Nations to protest resumption of A-[bomb] tests by the United States

Reference note

Creator(s): DeMarsico, Dick, photographer
Date Created/Published: 1962.
Call Number: NYWTS - SUBJ/GEOG--Atomic Energy--Weapons--Protest [item] [P&P]
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C., 20540 USA
Notes: NYWT&S staff photograph. Forms part of: New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection (Library of Congress). Published in: American women : a Library of Congress guide for the study of women's history and culture in the United States / edited by Sheridan Harvey ... [et al.]. Washington : Library of Congress, 2001, p. 43.
Subjects: Davidson, Denise--Family. Women--Political activity--New York (State)--New York--1960-1970. Demonstrations--New York (State)--New York--1960-1970. Antinuclear movements--New York (State)--New York--1960-1970. Signs--New York (State)--New York--1960-1970.

African American demonstrators outside the White House, with signs

Reference note

Creator(s): Leffler, Warren K., photographer
Date Created/Published: [1965 March 12]
Call Number: LC-U9- 13478-17 [P&P]
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Notes: Title devised by Library staff. U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection. Contact sheet available for reference purposes: USN&WR COLL - Job no. 13478, frame 17. Contact sheet folder caption: "Demonstrators outside the White House. WKL, 3-12-65."
Subjects: Selma to Montgomery Rights March--(1965 :--Selma, Ala.) Civil rights demonstrations--Washington (D. C.)--1960-1970. Activists--Washington (D. C.)--1960-1970. African Americans--Civil rights--Washington (D.C.)--1960-1970. Signs (Notices)--Washington (D.C.)--1960-1970.

African American children on way to PS204, 82nd Street and 15th Avenue, pass mothers protesting the busing of children to achieve integration

Reference note

Creator(s): DeMarsico, Dick, photographer
Date Created/Published: 1965 September 13.
Call Number: NYWTS - SUBJ/GEOG--Education--Schools--Public--Busing [item] [P&P]
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Notes: Title devised by Library staff. NYWT&S staff photograph. Caption handwritten on verso. Date stamped on verso: Sep 13 1965. Forms part of: New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection (Library of Congress).
Subjects: African Americans--Education--New York (State)--New York--1960-1970. Busing (School integration)--New York (State)--New York--1960-1970. School children--New York (State)--New York--1960-1970. Public schools--New York (State)--New York--1960-1970. Women--Political activity--New York (State)--New York--1960-1970. Demonstrations--New York (State)--New York--1960-1970.

Group of African-Americans, marching near the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., to protest the lynching of four African-Americans in Georgia

Reference note

Date Created/Published: 1946.
Call Number: NYWTS - SUBJ/GEOG--Crime--Lynching [item] [P&P]
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Notes: Title devised by Library staff. Associated Press photograph. No. 12779D. Forms part of: New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection (Library of Congress).
Subjects: African Americans--Political activity--Washington (D.C.)--1940-1950. Demonstrations--Washington (D.C.)--1940-1950. Lynchings--Georgia--1940-1950.

ANTI-WAR PROTESTERS AT JUSTICE DEPT.

Reference note

Creator(s): Leffler, Warren K., photographer
Date Created/Published: 1971 April 30.
Call Number: LC-U9-24347- 22 [P&P]
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Notes: Title and date from log book. Contact sheet available for reference purposes: USN&WR COLL - Job no. 24347, frame 22. Forms part of: U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection.

PROTESTORS. Govt. workers at Lafayette Pk.? & hippies at Capitol

Reference note

Creator(s): O'Halloran, Thomas J., photographer
Date Created/Published: 1971 May 5.
Call Number: LC-U9-24388-B- 8/8A [P&P]
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Notes: Title and date from log book. Contact sheet available for reference purposes: USN&WR COLL - Job no. 24388-B, frame 8/8A. Forms part of: U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection.

Large crowd at a National Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam direct action demonstration, Washington, D.C.

Reference note

Creator(s): Leffler, Warren K., photographer
Date Created/Published: [21 Oct. 1967]
Call Number: LC-U9-18187- 4A [P&P]
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Notes: Title devised by Library staff from related contact sheet folder caption. Date from related contact sheet folder caption. Contact sheet available for reference purposes: USN&WR COLL - Job no. 18187, frame 4A. Related contact sheet folder caption from USN&WR COLL - Job no. 18187: "National Mobilization Direct Action Protest (anti-Vietnam War) WKL 7-21-65." Forms part of: U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection.
Subjects: National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam--Riots & demonstrations--Washington (D.C.)--1960-1970. Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements. Protest movements--Washington (D.C.)--1960-1970. Demonstrations--Washington (D.C.)--1960-1970.

Little Rock, 1959. Rally at state capitol

Reference note

Creator(s): Bledsoe, John T., photographer
Date Created/Published: 1959 Aug. 20.
Summary: Photograph shows a group of people, one holding a Confederate flag, surrounding speakers and National Guard, protesting the admission of the "Little Rock Nine" to Central High School.
Call Number: LC-U9- 2919-25 [P&P]
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Notes: Title from contact sheet folder caption. U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection. Contact sheet available for reference purposes: USN&WR COLL - Job no. 2919, frame 25.
Subjects: Central High School (Little Rock, Ark.)--1950-1960. African Americans--Civil rights--Arkansas--Little Rock--1950-1960. School integration--Arkansas--Little Rock--1950-1960. Demonstrations--Arkansas--Little Rock--1950-1960.

Little Rock, 1959. Mob marching from capitol to Central High

Reference note

Creator(s): Bledsoe, John T., photographer
Date Created/Published: 1959 Aug. 20.
Summary: Photograph shows a young African American boy watching a group of people, some carrying American flags, march past to protest the admission of the "Little Rock Nine" to Central High School.
Call Number: LC-U9- 2906-15 [P&P]
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Notes: Title from contact sheet folder caption. U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection. Contact sheet available for reference purposes: USN&WR COLL - Job no. 2906, frame 15.
Subjects: Central High School (Little Rock, Ark.)--1950-1960. African Americans--Civil rights--Arkansas--Little Rock--1950-1960. School integration--Arkansas--Little Rock--1950-1960. Demonstrations--Arkansas--Little Rock--1950-1960.

Reagan la roba a los pobres Migrant farm worker at a demonstration, Washington, D.C. /

Reference note

Creator(s): Espada, Frank, 1930-, photographer
Date Created/Published: 1981.
Summary: Photograph shows an elderly man in the Solidarity Day march, holding a picket sign with the message: Pres. Reagan robas a los pobres para darle a los ricos, LCLAA, in a crowd at a protest. A sign in the background has the message: Pres. Reagan, do not snuff out the dreams of Hispanics!
Call Number: Unprocessed in PR 13 CN 2009:090, no. 74 [P&P]
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Notes: Title from item. Published in: The Puerto Rican diaspora : themes in the survival of a people / Frank Espada. [San Francisco, Ca.] : Frank Espada, 2006, p. 170. Accession box no. DLC/PP-2009:090
Subjects: Labor Council for Latin American Advancement--Political activity--Washington (D.C.)--1980-1990. Puerto Ricans--Civil rights--Washington (D.C.)--1980-1990. Puerto Ricans--Men--Washington (D.C.)--1980-1990. Migrant laborers--Washington (D.C.)--1980-1990. Demonstrations--Washington (D.C.)--1980-1990. Employee rights--Washington (D.C.)--1980-1990. Older people--Washington (D.C.)--1980-1990. Signs (Notices)--1980-1990.

WOMAN SUFFRAGE. GROUP BEFORE CAPITOL

Reference note

Creator(s): Harris & Ewing, photographer
Date Created/Published: [April 2, 1917]
Summary: Photograph shows anti-war protesters at the U.S. Capitol rallying against President Wilson's speech to Congress asking for a declaration of war (Source: Fort Wayne News, April 5, 1917)
Call Number: LC-H261- 2927 [P&P]
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Notes: Title from unverified caption data received with the Harris & Ewing Collection. Original caption data incorrectly gives date as 1913. Gift; Harris & Ewing, Inc. 1955. General information about the Harris & Ewing Collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.hec Temp. note: Batch one.
Subjects: United States--District of Columbia--Washington (D.C.)

African American woman being carried to police patrol wagon during demonstration in Brooklyn, New York

Reference note

Creator(s): DeMarsico, Dick, photographer
Date Created/Published: 1963.
Call Number: NYWTS - SUBJ/GEOG--Racism--New York City [item] [P&P]
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Notes: Title devised by Library staff. NYWT&S staff photograph. Date stamped on verso: Aug 20 1963. Forms part of: New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection (Library of Congress).
Subjects: African Americans--Civil rights--New York (State)--New York--1960-1970. Civil rights demonstrations--New York (State)--New York--1960-1970. Women--Political activity--New York (State)--New York--1960-1970. Policewomen--New York (State)--New York--1960-1970.

Iran Hostage Crisis student demonstration, Washington, D.C.

Reference note

Creator(s): Trikosko, Marion S., photographer
Date Created/Published: 1979 Nov. 9.
Call Number: LC-U9- 38450-29 [P&P]
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Notes: Title devised by Library staff. Contact sheet folder caption: Iran students demonstrate. MST. U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection. Contact sheet available for reference purposes.
Subjects: Iran Hostage Crisis, 1979-1981. Demonstrations--Washington (D.C.)--1970-1980.

"Right to Life" demonstration, at White House and Capitol [Crowd with banner, Abortion is murder

Reference note

Creator(s): O'Halloran, Thomas J., photographer
Date Created/Published: 1978 January 23.
Call Number: LC-U9-35666A- 7 [P&P]
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Notes: Title and date from log book. Contact sheet available for reference purposes: USN&WR COLL - Job no. 35666A, frame 7. Forms part of: U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection.

Gay rights demonstration at the Democratic National Convention, New York City

Teaching Notes

Gay rights demonstration at the Democratic National Convention, New York City (1976)

Gay Rights   Protests   Demonstrations

2012 Gay Pride Parade, San Francisco, California

Teaching Notes

The San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration, usually known as San Francisco Pride, is a parade and festival held at the end of June each year in San Francisco to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their allies. The 40th anniversary parade in 2012 included over 200 parade contingents.

This event is listed as a parade. Additional photographs of Carol M. Highsmith documenting the 2012 event are available here

An American Folk Life blog post "Gay Pride Parades: Identity, Protest, and Tradition" brings to light differences between "Parades" and "Protests."

Gay Rights Parades Protests

[Persons picketing against the use of tax dollars for the development of nuclear weapons] / World-Telegram photo by F. Palumbo.

Teaching Notes

Protest against nuclear weapons

pickets protesters

Reference note

Contributor Names: Palumbo, Fred, photographer
Created / Published: 1950 Mar. 15.
Subject Headings: -  Pickets--United States--1950
-  Nuclear weapons--1950
-  Protest movements--United States--1950
Notes: -  NYWT&S staff photo.
-  New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection.
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Digital Id: cph 3c13632 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c13632

[Protesters]

Teaching Notes

Mystery Protest - who can solve what, where, when, who?

protest march

Reference note

Created / Published: [between 1909 and 1923]
Notes: -  Title devised by Library staff.
-  Date from negatives in same range
-  Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947.
-  This glass negative might show streaks and other blemishes resulting from a natural deterioration in the original coatings.
-  Temp. note: Batch four.
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Digital Id: npcc 18540 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/npcc.18540

[War protesters]

Teaching Notes

WW II

Reference note

Contributor Names: Harris & Ewing, photographer
Created / Published: [ca. 1940]
Subject Headings: -  United States--District of Columbia--Washington (D.C.).
-  District Of Columbia--Washington (D.C.)
Notes: -  Title devised by Library staff.
-  Date based on date of negatives in same range.
-  Gift; Harris & Ewing, Inc. 1955.
-  General information about the Harris & Ewing Collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.hec
-  Temp. note: Batch five.
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Digital Id: hec 28132 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/hec.28132

[War protesters]

Reference note

Contributor Names: Harris & Ewing, photographer
Created / Published: [ca. 1940]
Subject Headings: -  United States--District of Columbia--Washington (D.C.).
-  District Of Columbia--Washington (D.C.)
Notes: -  Title devised by Library staff.
-  Date based on date of negatives in same range.
-  Gift; Harris & Ewing, Inc. 1955.
-  General information about the Harris & Ewing Collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.hec
-  Temp. note: Batch five.
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Digital Id: hec 28133 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/hec.28133

Protest against child labor in a labor parade

Reference note

Date Created/Published: [1909 May 1]
Summary: Photograph shows half-length portrait of two girls wearing banners with slogan "ABOLISH CH[ILD] SLAVERY!!" in English and Yiddish, one carrying American flag; spectators stand nearby. Probably taken during May 1, 1909 labor parade in New York City.
Call Number: LOT 10876-2 [item] [P&P]
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Notes: Bain News Service photograph. Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). Published in: American women : a Library of Congress guide for the study of women's history and culture in the United States / edited by Sheridan Harvey ... [et al.]. Washington : Library of Congress, 2001, p. 347. Original negative may be available: LC-B2-696-9
Subjects: Jews--Children--New York (State)--New York--1900-1910. Demonstrations--New York (State)--New York--1900-1910. Girls--New York (State)--New York--1900-1910. Child labor--New York (State)--New York--1900-1910.

Demonstrators opposed to the ERA in front of the White House

Reference note

Creator(s): Leffler, Warren K., photographer
Date Created/Published: 1977 Feb. 4.
Summary: Women holding signs against the Federal Equal Rights Amendment gathered outside the White House.
Call Number: USN&WR COLL - Job no. 33889A, frame 31/31A [P&P]
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Notes: U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection. Published in: American women : a Library of Congress guide for the study of women's history and culture in the United States / edited by Sheridan Harvey ... [et al.]. Washington : Library of Congress, 2001, p. 93.
Subjects: Women--Political activity--Washington (D.C.)--1970-1980. Women's rights--Washington (D.C.)--1970-1980. Equal rights amendments--1970-1980. Demonstrations--Washington (D.C.)--1970-1980. Signs (Notices)--Washington (D.C.)--1970-1980.

Pittsburgh Strike [1919 strikers demonstrating in car

Reference note

Creator(s): Bain News Service, publisher
Date Created/Published: 1919 (date created or published later by Bain)
Call Number: LC-B2- 5005-13 [P&P] LOT 10852 (Corresponding print)
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Notes: Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards. Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). General information about the Bain Collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.ggbain

Women's lib[eration] march from Farrugut Sq[uare] to Layfette [i.e., Lafayette] P[ar]k

Reference note

Creator(s): Leffler, Warren K., photographer
Date Created/Published: 1970 Aug. 26.
Summary: Photograph shows women carrying banners and signs while marching down a street in Washington, D.C., during a demonstration in favor of equal rights for women.
Call Number: LC-U9- 23117-25 [P&P]
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Notes: Title transcribed from contact sheet folder caption. U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection. Contact sheet available for reference purposes: USN&WR COLL - Job no. 23117, frame 25.
Subjects: Women--Political activity--Washington (D.C.)--1970. Women's rights--Washington (D.C.)--1970. Demonstrations--Washington (D.C.)--1970.

Ku Klux Klan members supporting Barry Goldwater's campaign for the presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention, San Francisco, California, as an African American man pushes signs back

Reference note

Creator(s): Leffler, Warren K., photographer
Date Created/Published: 1964 Jul. 12.
Call Number: LC-U9- 12250M-13A [P&P]
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Notes: Title devised by Library staff. U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection. Contact sheet available for reference purposes: USN&WR COLL - Job no. 12250M, frame 13A.
Subjects: Ku Klux Klan (1915- )--Riots & demonstrations--California--San Francisco--1960-1970. Republican National Convention--(28th :--1964 :--San Francisco, Calif.) African Americans--Civil rights--California--San Francisco--1960-1970. Demonstrations--California--San Francisco--1960-1970.