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Barclay D. McMillen, Papers and Audio Recordings, 1968-1999

May 4 Collection -- Box 131

Finding Aid

Prepared by Richard Wisneski, September 30, 2004. Updated August 2011.
1 document case, .33 cubic foot, 12th floor


Biographical Note

Barclay Doster McMillen (b. March 7, 1931; d. Sept. 9, 2001) was a Kent State University political science lecturer and assistant to President Robert I. White from 1967 until his resignation at the end of the 1971 academic year. He received his A.B. from Kent State in 1953, and L.L.B. from Harvard Law School in 1957. McMillen was also the "Special Counsel for Student Rights" from 1968 to 1969, playing a role in negotiating confrontations on the Kent State campus between students, faculty, and administration. These confrontations involved the Black United Students (BUS), the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), and Concerned Citizens of KSU Community (CCC) in November 1968 and April 1969. On May 4, 1970, at 11 a.m., Barclay McMillen gave a lecture to his political science class, simultaneously broadcast to the campus, in which he urged his students to avoid the noontime rally.


Scope and Content

Barclay McMillen's collection was donated to the Kent State University Special Collections and Archives Department in 1991. The collection consists of:

  • Documents from 1968 to 1971, including: letters written to President Robert White concerning student unrest at the Kent State University campus; an unpublished manuscript, The Student and the University: A Perspective on Change (September 8, 1969); and his copy of the 1970 Minority Report of the Commission on KSU Violence by Doris Franklin (which includes his marginalia).
  • Reflections on student unrest at Kent State, including: a letter to the Record Courier newspaper, 1990; and a typed copy of online manuscript Kent State May 4, 1970: Who REALLY Was Responsible for the Shootings? [published as an e-book at http://www.kentstate1970.com in 1999; no longer an active site].
  • Audio files of David Dix's interviews with Barclay McMillen and McMillen's recorded reflections made in 1989 and 1990.

Kent State University does not own copyright for the McMillen papers, but all of the contents of the collection are available for research and reference use. Digital versions of the audio tapes will be made at a future date.


May 4 Collection -- Box 131

Folder -- Contents

Letters
  1. Letter to President White. "Thoughts and suggestions" regarding recent campus disturbance that involved "Black United Students&quot (B.U.S.) and "Students for a Democratic Society" (S.D.S.). 3 pp. December 2, 1968
  2. Letter to then-wife [Liz] on his role in campus unrest. 2 pp. April 23, 1969
  3. Letter to President White. His recommendations on how to restrain "Students for a Democratic Society" (SDS) from the Kent State campus. 2 pp. May 23, 1969
  4. Resignation letter to President White as "Special Counsel" for Student Rights (2 copies). 3 pp. May 26, 1969
  5. Letter to President White. Comments on the June 9, 1969 Eisenhower Commission report and its relation to student conduct codes and "campus peace resources". 1 p. July 16, 1969
  6. Letter to President White. Outlines how students, faculty, and administration can "cope" with campus disturbances. 2 pp. July 21, 1969
  7. Letter to President White. Regarding copies of his report to Vice President Robert Matson, Dr. Beer, and officials at Harvard, Columbia, Dartmouth, and Cornell. 2 pp. September 22, 1969
  8. Letter to President White. Personal reflections on events of May 1-4, 1970. 2 pp. June 1, 1970
  9. Letter to the Record Courier newspaper, reflecting on events of May 4, 1970. 1 p. July 1990

Manuscripts and Transcripts
  1. The Student and the University: A Perspective on Change. Unpublished manuscript submitted to President White reporting on campus unrest throughout the United States, and at Kent State University during the academic year 1969-1970. Five appendices, including: McMillen's dictated remarks on visits to Columbia, Harvard, Dartmouth, and Cornell; Harvard University's interim report by the Committee of Fifteen on the Causes of the Recent Crisis; Dartmouth College letter, "To all our jailed students"; and, injunction documents related to Dartmouth College and Columbia University. 175 pp. September 8, 1969

10A. Behind the Ivy Curtain. Barclay D. McMillen and William J. Armstrong, Jr., September 1970.

  1. Transcript of Dr. Barclay McMillen's Lecture to his Political Science Class: Broadcast to the University and Community at 11 a.m., May 4, 1970, an Hour Before the Tragedy of the Four Kent Students (2 copies). 21 pp. May 4, 1970
  2. Minority Report of the Commission on KSU Violence by Doris Franklin, [fragment of report; includes McMillen's autograph notes in the margins]. 200 pp. 1971
  3. Kent State May 4, 1970: Who REALLY Was Responsible for the Shootings? Typescript, draft with autograph notes. 135 pp. [no date; 197?]
  4. Kent State May 4, 1970: Who REALLY Was Responsible for the Shootings? Electronic manuscript, 60 pp. 1999 [printed from Web in 2003; site is no longer available]

Newspaper Clippings and Miscellaneous
  1. Student Senate Minutes. Includes a Bill on how "War in Vietnam directly affects students". 5 pp. October 7, 1969
  2. Newspaper article. "McMillen announces resignation." 1 p. May 13, 1971
  3. Flyers: "The Frank and McMillen/Armstrong Manuscripts: A Colloquium" 1 p. April 22, 2003.
    NOTE: See Videotape of colloquium, with commentary by Thomas R. Hensley, in May 4 Collection, Box 95B, Folder 70
  4. Obituary from the Harvard Law School Alumni Bulletin, Spring 2002

Audio Recordings
  1. Interview by David Dix. Audio Cassette Tape: Part One. October 26, 1989
  2. Interview by David Dix. Audio Cassette Tape: Part Two. October 26, 1989
  3. Interview by David Dix. Audio Cassette Tape: Part Three. October 26, 1989
  4. "Thoughts on May 4th and Events Preceding" [recorded by Barclay McMillen and sent to David Dix]. Audio Cassette Tape. Spring 1990 [2 copies]
  5. "Thoughts on May 4th and Events Preceding" [recorded by Barclay McMillen and sent to David Dix]. Audio Cassette Tape. Spring 1990 [2 copies]