This collection consists mainly of published materials such as newspapers, newsletters, and flyers relating to the New Left and its causes in the 1960s. There are some non-published materials such as membership lists and Denk's own papers. The majority of these materials are from national or regional groups, rather than local organizations. A microfilm of his anti-war scrapbook is also available in Archives and Special Collections.
Robert E. Denk was born September 15, 1927 and died February 22, 1989. He was a sociology major at the University of Louisville in the graduating class of 1967. An Army veteran, Denk was the president of the campus chapter of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).