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David Lyon Student Activism Materials

Identifier: MC 1703

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains organizational materials and newspaper clippings regarding activities in which Lyon participated.


  • 1964-1966


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

David "Chi" Lyon, of Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas, was a student activist at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in the free speech and Civil Rights movements from 1964 until his graduation in 1966 with a BA in Sociology. During his time as a student, Lyon held the position of treasurer in the Arkansas Committee of Concern in the 1964-1965 school year and was president of the University of Arkansas Chapter of the Council on Human Relations in the 1965-1966 school year. The Arkansas Committee of Concern was linked to the Methodist Campus Ministry. One of its activities included a 1965 spring break trip to assist in African-American church rebuilding in Mississippi. The University of Arkansas Chapter Council on Human Relations' primary achievement was the integration of student dormitory rooms. In addition, David Lyon was a member of the Foreign Relations Club. In late 1964, the Foreign Relations Club invited Peter Vassilev, the cultural affairs officer of the Bulgarian Embassy to campus. Vassilev was later denied access to University facilities for a public forum by the University administration due to his status as a representative of a communist regime. This lead to a controversy on free speech.


.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Acquisition Information

The David Lyon Student Activism Materials were donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, on May 7, 2007, by David Lyon of Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Related Collections

Arkansas Council on Human Relations Rcords (MS Ar4 ACHR)

Processing Information

Processed by Nick Cannella; completed in September 2007


David Lyon Student Activism Materials
Nick Cannella
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444