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Guide to the Bob Sheldon Papers, 1968-1991

Abstract

Political activist; nurse; owner of Internationalist Book Store in Chapel Hill, N.C. Sheldon was murdered in the store on February 21, 1991.

Drafts of Sheldon's speeches, articles, diary and notes; news clippings; printed materials; and transcripts of trials and FBI files. Materials relate chiefly to his political activism as a draft resister in 1968; a visit to China in the 1970s, including slides; work with the Communist Workers Party in the 1970s and the Green Party in the 1980s; union organizing at Cone Mills Textile plant in the 1970s; and various Palestine issues in the 1980s.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Sheldon, Bob.
Title
Bob Sheldon papers 1968-1991
Language of Material
English
Extent
2.1 Linear Feet, 500 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Drafts of Sheldon's speeches, articles, diary and notes; news clippings; printed materials; and transcripts of trials and FBI files. Materials relate chiefly to his political activism as a draft resister in 1968; a visit to China in the 1970s, including slides; work with the Communist Workers Party in the 1970s and the Green Party in the 1980s; union organizing at Cone Mills Textile plant in the 1970s; and various Palestine issues in the 1980s.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Internationalist Books Resource Center: articles and management, 1982-1984
Box 1
Annotations on articles and events of political activism, undated
Box 1
Publications and correspondence about the Green Party and political issues, 1986-1988
Box 1
FBI files, 1969-1986
Box 1
Anti-war protest/arrest, 1969
Box 1
Cone Mills Union organizing, 1978
(2 folders)
Box 1
Civil Suit: RCA Plant Strike, 1974
Box 1
Warren County Public Health, undated
(2 folders)
Box 1
Mayday arrest and status reports, 1982-1985
Box 1
American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit, 1989-1990
Box 1
Iranian Revolution: "The Need for Revolutionary Support of Iranian People's Struggle," undated
Box 1
Miscellaneous articles on Middle Eastern conflict, 1987-1990
Box 1
Resource articles and manuscripts on Palestine, 1987-1989
(3 folders)
Box 1
Clippings on the Middle East, 1988
Box 1
Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) clippings and notes, 1982 and undated
Box 1
Revolutionary Communist Party notes and China diary, undated
Box 1
Notes on Chinese history, 1979
Box 1
China trip, 1975-1976
Box 1
Public Health in China talk, 1976
Box 1
Miscellaneous writings, undated
Box 1
Miscellaneous speeches and writings, 1988 and undated
Box 1
Bob Sheldon's bar mitzvah, and miscellaneous notes and photographs, undated
Box 1
Newspaper and magazine articles about Bob Sheldon's death, 1991
Box 1
Public Health in China talk (March 1976 trip to China)

Subjects include industry, medicine, people, education, museums, history, parks, scenery, Old China, and miscellaneous.

Box 2

Historical Note

Political activist; nurse; owner of Internationalist Book Store in Chapel Hill, N.C. Sheldon was originally from Colorado, and moved to Chapel Hill in the late 1970s. He opened the Internationalist Book Store as a reading room in 1981, and moved it to a storefront in 1984. The store provided a space for activists as well as a dissemination point for Marxist and other political literature. With the launch of the Gulf War in 1991, Sheldon was interviewed on local television stations as Internationalist Book Store volunteers organized opposition to the war. Shortly afterward, Sheldon was murdered in the store on February 21, 1991. His murder remains unsolved.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bob Sheldon Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Bob Sheldon Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1993 and 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon, March 2011

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, March 2011

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2011-0027

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.