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May Days Oral History Project, 1960 - 2020


Scope and Contents

This collection currently includes X interviews with former legal marshals, Law School faculty, and citizens that participated in the various student demonstrations of May 1970. Unless otherwise stated, each interview is presented in video format with an accompanying transcript. Interviews were conducted in-person until the outbreak of the novel COVID-19 virus, in which case they were conducted via Zoom. This collection and associated documentary research are currently available for viewing on the Marshaling May Days online exhibition site. [insert hyperlink]


  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 2020

Biographical / Historical

The May Days Oral History Project is an ongoing initiative to preserve the history of UVA Law in the era of the Vietnam War. This era of the University’s history was a period of intense activism not only about the war but also about issues of race, gender, and American governance. This project aims to honor and preserve a diversity of law school perspectives and experiences from the 1960s and 1970s, but particularly the concentrated period of student demonstrations at the University of Virginia during the month of May of 1970. The primary timeline of events of May 1970 are well-represented in the University of Virginia’s archives. However, information on UVA Law’s “legal marshals” is sparse and has received little attention despite their integral role in maintaining peace during student demonstrations. Considering this fact, Class of 1970 alum Edward “Ted” Hogshire contacted UVA Law Special Collections in early 2019 and recommended that the library preserve and tell the “legal marshal” story. May 2020 also marks the 50th anniversary of the student strike movement at the University of Virginia. With that encouragement, the Law Special Collections team decided to revitalize the library’s oral history program, starting with the stories of student marshals during the “May Days” protests.


9 items (9 digital interviews and their accompanying transcripts)

Language of Materials


Repository Details

Part of the Arthur J. Morris Law Library Special Collections Repository

Arthur J. Morris Law Library
580 Massie Road
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22903 United States