The University of Michigan has acquired the personal documents, photographs, recordings and government files of activist Tom Hayden, a Michigan graduate and a founding member of Students for a Democratic Society.

The collection includes an expansive FBI file with detailed government records of Hayden's travels, speeches and other activities spanning the 1960s and '70s. He acquired the documents after successfully suing the federal government over suspected illegal surveillance.

Hayden's papers will be stored at the U-M Library's Joseph A. Labadie Collection. They will open September 18 for access by external scholars, as well as U-M faculty, undergraduate students and graduate students.

Hayden will make public appearances in Ann Arbor that week.

{photo credit:  Wikimedia Commons,  Hayden addressing an anti-war demonstration in Boston during the 2004 Democratic National Convention by Brian Corr, July 29, 2004}