George Lincoln Rockwell sound recording: October 13, 1964
Summary Information
Title: George Lincoln Rockwell sound recording
Creator: Rockwell, George Lincoln, 1918-1967
Dates: October 13, 1964
Extent: 0.1 linear feet
George Lincoln Rockwell was the founder and leader of the American Nazi Party. This sound recording is from a speech he gave at Hill Auditorium at the University of Michigan in 1964. Everett M. Dirksen was a member of Congress from Illinois. The sound recording also includes a speech he gave on the state of union.
Call number: 0732 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Acquisition Information:

Donated by F. John Fuchs (donor no. 9859), in February 2007.

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George Lincoln Rockwell (1918-1967), born in Bloomington, Illinois, was the disowned son of a prominent vaudeville comedian. After dropping out of Brown University, in 1941 he joined the U.S. Navy, where he flew several combat missions during World War II. Due to his political extremism he was discharged several times. In 1960 he was discharged for good.

In 1959 he formed the American Nazi Party, originally known as the World Union of Free Enterprise and National Socialists, becoming its leader shortly afterwards. On August 25, 1967 he was shot and killed by a sniper at the American Nazi Party Headquarters, Hatemonger Hill, in Arlington, Virginia.


"Rockwell, George Lincoln (1918--1967)." Famous Assassinations in World History: An Encyclopedia . Michael Newton. Vol. 2. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2014. 476-481.

"Rockwell, George Lincoln." Encyclopedia of Race and Racism. Ed. John Hartwell Moore. Vol. 2. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008. 503-505.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The George Lincoln Rockwell sound recording consists of a single tape reel. The recording consists of a speech George Lincoln Rockwell gave at Hill Auditorium on October 13, 1964. Rockwell's appearance was part of a speakers program sponsored by the Special Projects Committee of the Michigan Union. It stirred considerable controversy on campus on the nature of the American Nazi Party, the limits of academic freedom, and the role of the university in society.

The recording also includes a 1964 speech from Illinois Senator Everett M. Dirksen on the State of Union.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Speeches, addresses, etc., American -- Michigan.
  • Compact discs.
  • Sound recordings.
  • Rockwell, George Lincoln, 1918-1967.
  • American Nazi Party.
  • Dirksen, Everett McKinley.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
George Lincoln Rockwell sound recording [series]
Sound Recordings Box   SR-4  
George Lincoln Rockwell Speech at Hill Auditorium; Senator Dirksen speech 1964 October 13 (Audio Reel-to-Reel, 7 inch)
[Part 1] ([0732-SR-1-1-1])
(Recording of speech given by George Lincoln Rockwell at Hill Auditorium on the University of Michigan campus on October 13, 1964.) [access item]
[Part 2] ([0732-SR-1-1-2])
(Unexpected content] Series of recordings by The Galens: "Baby I Do Love You", "The Riverias: "California Sun", and others; no other content.) [access item]
[Part 3] ([0732-SR-1-2])
(Senator Everett M. Dirksen speech given on October 13, 1964 on the state of the union.) (mp3 file) [access item]