Washington State University Police Officer Papers, 1967-1972

Overview of the Collection

Washington State University Police Officer Papers
1967-1972 (inclusive)
.25 linear feet of shelf space, (1 box)
Collection Number
Cage 845 (collection)
Papers collected and created by a Washington State University police officer, relating to student activism in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman, WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

This collection is open and available for research use.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The donor of this material was a multi-decade veteran of the WSU police force, who self-described himself as sympathetic to the students’ cause.

As was the case nationally, in the late 1960s and early 1970s students at Washington State University organized a number of protests, marches, sit-ins, and other activities in response to U.S. international policies, and in response to perceived racial and economic injustices. WSU campus police were amongst those charged with investigating any criminal activities.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains materials created by WSU police officers relating to their investigations into campus student unrest; materials published elsewhere relating to student activism (notably FBI-created documents and pro-activism documents), and photostatic copies of materials originally created or collected by WSU campus student activists. The latter were presumably copied by officers in the course of their investigations. Notes on one sheet in folder 6 (IWW regional membership lists) make it appear likely they were copied from materials collected from the office of a particular WSU student activist, whose name appears multiple times throughout the copied documents. These photostatic copies are identified in the folder list by the designation “(copies).”

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions apply.

Preferred Citation

[Item Description] WSU Police Officer Papers, 1967-1972

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Due to the small size of the collection, the materials are organized in a simple subject-based order. Within each folder items are either in chronological order (where determinable) or retained in their original order. Folders are ordered alphabetically.

Acquisition Information

The materials in this collection were donated to the Washington State University Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) on May 4th, 2016, and retained as MS2016-21. The donor, a retired WSU police officer, asked to remain anonymous.

Processing Note

Materials were processed in June, 2016, by University Archivist Mark O’English. One police report was discarded during processing.

Related Materials

Cage 704, Papers of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Washington State University, 1967-1973, consists of papers collected and donated to WSU by Sieg Vogt and Jerry Calvert. What appear to be the originals to some of the photostatic copies in this collection can be found in those SDS papers.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Activist brochures, national (copies) undated
1 2 Ely, Ruby. Correspondence & articles (copies) 1970-1971
1 3 FBI & U.S. government brochures 1967-1972
1 4 Handbook of the Flame, by Kimit Ali Kimil undated
1 5 IWW documents (copies) 1970
1 6 IWW regional membership lists (primarily copies) 1971
1 7 Lists of WSU area activists 1969-1970
1 8 Notes about revolutionary groups (copies) undated
1 9 Spark v.1 no. 6, production materials (copies) undated
1 10 Student activist (WSU) handouts & brochures (copies) 1969-1970

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