Recent acquisition: Campus Vietnam protest items

We’ve received quite a few awesome acquisitions this summer! Here are a gas mask and carrying bag from a UMD alum. These items date from the 1970’s  Vietnam protests at the University of Maryland. The donor’s father bought him the mask to wear while he was walking to classes. You might think he overcompensated, but the mask probably protected his son from tear gas. Police used the gas to control rioters on campus, and bystanders were occasionally accidentally gassed when the wind changed directions. Check out our Vietnam protests resource guide, and search “Vietnam protests” and “riot” in University AlbUM to find photos of the protests.

Students face off with riot police near campus
Student protesters face down riot police on Route 1, University of Maryland, 1970. Taken by Wesley M. Kremkau.

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