1969: A turbulent time remembered 50 years later

On March 16, 1969, police used tear gas to disperse students blocking traffic near the Stanford Research Institute building in the Industrial Park at the corner of Hanover Street and Page Mill Road. (Image credit: Chuck Painter & Tim D. Lawson)

The year 1968 tends to be synonymous with student activism at the nation’s colleges and universities. Certainly that was true at Stanford. But what is also true is that turbulent times didn’t end with the calendar year. The year 1969 was also a year filled with demonstrations, takeovers and sit-ins, as these archival photographs document. The issues most at stake for students at Stanford 50 years ago were the war in Vietnam, admission and hiring policies, university governance, the draft, ROTC and classified research. Take a look back.