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Bonnie Atwood papers

Identifier: C0415

Scope and Content

The Bonnie Atwood papers contains material collected by former George Mason College student Bonnie Atwood from the late 1960s to the mid 1990s, with much of it focused on her antiwar activism and the broader protest movements of the 1960s-1970s. It also includes news reports from student, professional, and underground publications, legal documents, and promotional materials produced by Northern Virginia Resistance.


  • Creation: circa 1965-1979, 1994, 1996


Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

The copyright and related rights status of this collection have not been evaluated (See

Biographical Information

Born in Northern Virginia in 1947, Bonnie Atwood was a student at George Mason College (GMC) in the late 1960s and early 1970s. During that time she was a member of the anti-Vietnam War organization Northern Virginia Resistance, alongside fellow students and GMC professor James Shea. She and David Lusby, another member of NVR, were arrested in 1969 for trespassing after protesting inside Draft Board #39 in Fairfax, Virginia. The American Civil Liberties Union defended them in the case Lusby v. Commonwealth of Virginia. Atwood provided articles to the GMC student newspaper Broadside while enrolled at GMC, and wrote professionally for the Manassas Journal-Messenger afterwards.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Collection of news articles, court records, and other writings collected by Bonnie Atwood. The bulk of the collection covers Atwood's involvement with activism and protests against the Vietnam War during and after her time as a student at George Mason College, later known as George Mason University.


This collection is divided into folders by subject and then chronologically.

Physical Location

R 71, C 1, S 7

Acquisition Information

Donated by Bonnie Atwood in December 2019.

Related Materials

The Special Collections Research Center holds other collections pertaining to the protest movement against the Vietnam War, including the Francis J. McNamara papers, the Edwin M. Lynch Vietnam War protest collection, and the Eugene McCarthy presidential campaign speech files collection.

The District of Columbia Public Library holds a collection of digitized issues of the Quicksilver Times, a D.C.-area underground newspaper of the Vietnam War era.

Processing Information

Processing and finding aid completed by Evan Dorman in November 2023. Finding aid published by Amanda Menjivar in November 2023.


Guide to the Bonnie Atwood papers
Bonnie Atwood papers
Evan Dorman, Amanda Menjivar
November 7, 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center Repository

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