Housing and Residence Life Perham Hall Bombing Files, 1979-1980

Overview of the Collection

Housing and Residence Life Perham Hall Bombing Files
1979-1980 (inclusive)
.25 linear feet of shelf space, (1 box)
Collection Number
Archives 362 (collection)
Clippings, insurance documentation, ‘thank you” letters, and other small documents relating to a suicide by dynamite in WSU’s Perham Hall in 1979.
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

On December 18, 1979, the former boyfriend of a resident of WSU’s Perham Hall came to WSU and demanded to see his girlfriend. When she proved unavailable, the man detonated an explosive on Perham’s fifth floor, killing himself, injuring two police officers, and causing significant damage to the floor.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of miscellaneous documents created in the few months after the explosion and retained in WSU Housing Offices. They primarily consist of newspaper clippings, documentation of damaged items, and “thank you” letters, and well as a small set of other items.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions apply.

Preferred Citation

[Item Description] Housing and Residence Life Perham Hall Bombing Files, 1979-1980 (Archives 362)

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The collection is organized into subject files, arranged alphabetically.

Acquisition Information

The files in this collection were transferred to the Washington State University Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections on May 23rd, 2016 from WSU’s Housing and Residence Life, and retained as UA 2016-06.

Processing Note

The papers were processed by University Archivist Mark O’English in June of 2016.

Related Materials

Other places where documents related to the Perham bombing can be found include President Glenn Terrell’s Papers (Archives 207, Box 5, Folder 241); Resident Living Department Papers (Archives 252, Box 3, Folders 74-75); and the Hilltopics Photographs Collection (PC 123, Box 14, Folder 1). Smaller set of records exist in other places as well.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Floor residents 1979-1980
1 2 Insurance claims & damage recovery 1979-1980
1 3 Miscellaneous single documents 1979-1980
1 4 Newspaper Clippings 1979
1 5 "Thank you" letters 1979-1980

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