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The Hoffman Family Collection

The University Libraries’ Archives & Special Collections, at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, has acquired a collection of materials from Jack Hoffman, the younger brother of political activist Abbie Hoffman. Known as the Hoffman Family Collection, it includes family correspondence, article research and personal papers, and writings by and about Abbie Hoffman, co-founder of the Yippie movement and co-defendant in the Chicago 7 Trial, which followed the riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The collection also includes copies of government files and newspaper articles, 16 mm films of the family, and personal photographs.
The Hoffman Family Collection is an intriguing mix of the personal and the political. A significant portion of the collection consists of the surveillance files of the FBI and the New York City Police Department. At one time, Hoffman was under surveillance by as many as seven local, state, and federal agencies. Abbie Hoffman died in April 1989, in New Hope, Pennsylvania, very near to where Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense. His death was ruled a suicide. This exhibit, featuring items from the collection, is in commemoration of his death.

Curator: Terri Goldich
Dodd Research Center Gallery
March 25 - May 25, 2001
This exhibit has been extended and will be up until July 27, 2001.