Special Collections and Archives

James W. Walker papers

Special Collections and Archives

James W. Walker papers

Repository:Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.
Title:James W. Walker papers
Inclusive Date(s):1947-2016
Bulk Date(s):1988-2000
Author:Finding aid prepared by Rennie Greenfield, February 2016
Creation:Finding aid encoded by Rennie Greenfield using the OhioLINK EAD Application in 2016
Origination:Walker, James W., 1947-
Extent:3.0 cubic feet (3 record storage boxes and 1 oversize folder)
Physical Location:12th Floor
Finding Aid Identifier:OhKeUSC0174
Abstract:This collection contains the personal papers of Kent State University alumnus James W. Walker of Stark County, Ohio. It contains materials from his years of writing and teaching as well as his own photography.
Language(s):The records are in English

Biography of James W. Walker

James W. Walker was born in Akron, Ohio in February of 1947. Walker earned a journeyman's card as a pipe fitter in the apprenticeship program of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Akron, Ohio before receiving B.S. and Master's degrees from Kent State University in 1973 and 1979 respectively. Walker went on to teach mathematics and science at the middle and high school levels at Jackson Public Schools for 28 years. His advocacy for science and academic freedom brought him into conflict with Jackson Local School District. His insistence on the separation of church and state led to involvement in two cases with the school board, one in the Common Pleas Court and one in Federal Court. He won both cases before stepping down from Jackson Schools in 2004.

Walker continued to teach at Stark State College and the Massillon City Schools Adult Basic and Literacy Education (A.B.L.E.) program. He also served the community of Stark County on the board of the Stark County Hunger Task Force, the North Canton Friends of the Library, and Coming Together Stark County. He was president of the Board of Trustees of the Massillon Museum, and a founding member, as well as president, of the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Greater Canton.

He currently serves on the Teachers Advisory Board of the National Center for Science Education, headquartered in Berkeley, California. He continues to publish articles on a wide range of subjects and to pursue his passion for photography. Walker resides in Massillon, Ohio.

Scope and Content

The James W. Walker papers contain materials from a lifetime of teaching and service in Stark County, Ohio. These papers contain items from Walker's time teaching science at Jackson Middle School and Jackson High School as well as from his time teaching mathematics at Stark State College. There are also files from his service to various local entities such as the Stark County Hunger Task Force, the Massillon Museum, and Coming Together Stark County. Additionally, there are examples from Walker's years of award winning photography, personal writings, and publications. Walker's papers also reflect his advocacy for the separation of church and state in the public schools and include the court records of those efforts.

Statement of Arrangement

This collection has been arranged into the following ten series:
Series 1: Personal Information
Series 2: Writing
Series 3: Publications
Series 4: Jackson Schools
Series 5: Stark State College
Series 6: Teaching Materials
Series 7: Court Records
Series 8: Correspondence
Series 9: Subject Files
Series 10: Photography


Preferred Citation

James W. Walker papers. Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.

Subject Headings
The following subjects are found in this collection:

Subjects:
Photography, Artistic--Ohio
Mathematics--Study and Teaching--Ohio
Science--Study and Teaching--Ohio
Church and state--United States--History--20th century
Organizations/Corporations:
Jackson Local School District (Stark County, Ohio)
Stark State College
Jackson High School (Massillon, Ohio)
Jackson Memorial Middle School (Massillon, Ohio)
Places:
Stark County (Ohio)
Occupations:
Middle school teachers
High school teachers
College teachers
Material Types:
Court records
Correspondence
Photographs
Teaching materials



Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Personal Information, 1947-2008
Box 1 / Folder 1
Birth Certificate, 1947
Box 1 / Folder 2
Resume, 2001
Box 1 / Folder 3
Certificates and Awards, 1960-1962
Box 1 / Folder 4
Biographical Sketch Written by James W. Walker, 2016
Box 1 / Folder 5
Walker Information in The Kent State Magazine, 2003-2008
Box 1 / Folder 6
Partial List of Published Writing, undated
Box 1 / Folder 7
Family Photographs, undated

Series 2: Writings, 1980-2010
Scope and Content
James W. Walker's writings cover a wide range of subjects and styles. He has written poetry and the memoir Before I Go. He also has published several articles in scholastic and scientific journals. This series of writings contains his drafts with hand written corrections, as well as unpublished manuscripts, and submitted manuscripts.
Box 1 / Folder 8
Before I Go: Hand Written Draft: Chapters 1-15, undated
Box 1 / Folder 9
Before I Go: Hand Written Draft: Chapters 16-24, undated
Box 1 / Folder 10
Before I Go: Hand Written Draft: Chapters 25-31, undated
Box 1 / Folder 11
Before I Go: Typed Draft With Corrections: Chapters 1-12, undated
Box 1 / Folder 12
Before I Go: Typed Draft With Corrections: Chapters 13-22, undated
Box 1 / Folder 13
Before I Go: Typed Draft With Corrections: Chapters 23-31 and Cover Art, undated
Box 1 / Folder 14
Bridges to Wholeness: Unpublished Poetry Manuscript, 1987
Box 1 / Folder 15
My Turn Now: Unpublished Manuscript, undated
Box 1 / Folder 16
Ontolocon: Unpublished Manuscript, 2002
Box 1 / Folder 17
Miscellaneous Personal Writings, 1984-1988
Box 1 / Folder 18
Submitted Manuscripts, 1980-1989
Box 1 / Folder 19
Submitted Manuscripts, 1990-1998
Box 1 / Folder 20
Submitted Manuscripts, 2000-2010

Series 3: Publications, 1980-2013
Box 1 / Folder 21
Publications, 1980-1989
Box 1 / Folder 22
Publications, 1990-1993
Box 1 / Folder 23
Publications, 1994-1995
Box 1 / Folder 24
Publications, 1996-1998
Box 1 / Folder 25
Publications, 1999-2000
Box 1 / Folder 26
Publications, 2001-2002
Box 1 / Folder 27
Publications, 2003-2004
Box 1 / Folder 28
Publications, 2005-2007
Box 1 / Folder 29
Publications, 2008-2009
Box 1 / Folder 30
Publications, 2010-2011
Box 1 / Folder 31
Publications, 2012-2013
Box 1 / Folder 32
"Give 'em What They Want: A Strategy for Reading Growth" Ohio Media Spectrum, 1980
Box 1 / Folder 33
"My Square Meter: A Student Exploration" The Ohio Journal of Science, 1985
Box 1 / Folder 34
"The Treasure Found in a Junk Box" Horizon, 1987
Box 1 / Folder 35
"Science and Society in England" The Ohio Journal of Science, 1987
Box 1 / Folder 36
"Density Detectives" Science Scope, 1987
Box 1 / Folder 37
"From Trophies to Test Tubes" Science Scope, 1987
Box 1 / Folder 38
"Rube Goldberg Rides Again" Science Scope, 1987
Box 1 / Folder 39
"A Nobles Pond Experience: Middle School Students Unearth Paleo-Indian Artifacts" The Ohio Journal of Science, 1989
Box 1 / Folder 40
"Primary Science in England: An Overview, Summer '86" Science Education in Ohio, 1989
Box 1 / Folder 41
"Getting Them Unstuck: Some Strategies for the Teaching of Reading in Science" School Science and Mathematics, 1989
Box 1 / Folder 42
"Creation v. Evolution: Why Not Both?" Liberal Religious Education, 1991
Box 1 / Folder 43
"Cereal Box Bridge" Science Scope, 1996
Box 1 / Folder 44
"Bang" Ohio Poetry Association - Best of 1999, 1999
Box 1 / Folder 45
Before I Go: My First Fifty-Six Trips Around the Sun, 2003

Series 4: Jackson Schools, 1976-1999
Box 2 / Folder 1
Middle School, 1976-1987
Box 2 / Folder 2
Middle School, 1988
Box 2 / Folder 3
Middle School, 1989-1994
Box 2 / Folder 4
Middle School Yearbook, 1992
Box 2 / Folder 5
High School, 1994-1996
Box 2 / Folder 6
High School, 1997-1999
Box 2 / Folder 7
High School, 2000-2004
Box 2 / Folder 8
Religion at Jackson Middle School, 1971-1997
Box 2 / Folder 9
High School Choir Prayer, 1998
Box 2 / Folder 10
Ohio Education Association Documents, 1988-1990
Box 2 / Folder 11
Issues and Severance Contract, 1999
Box 2 / Folder 12
Recognition, 1981-1990
Box 2 / Folder 13
Recognition, 1991-2000
Box 2 / Folder 14
Recognition, 2001-2011
Box 2 / Folder 15
Evaluations, 1976-1998
Box 2 / Folder 16
Notes from Students, undated
Box 2 / Folder 17
Medical and Sick Leave records, 1998-1999

Series 5: Stark State College, 1988-2010
Box 2 / Folder 18
Correspondence and Teaching Materials, 1988-2010
Box 2 / Folder 19
Math 101 Lecture Notes, undated
Box 2 / Folder 20
Math 125 Notes and Tests, 2010
Box 2 / Folder 21
Physics, 2007-2008

Series 6: Teaching Materials, 1987-2013
Box 2 / Folder 22
General Science, 1996-1998
Box 2 / Folder 23
7th Grade Lab Science, undated
Box 2 / Folder 24
"Science Shorts" Newsletter, 1987
Box 2 / Folder 25
Nobles Pond, 1988
Box 2 / Folder 26
Miami University Field Geology, 1992
Box 2 / Folder 27
Canton Country Day, 2000
Box 2 / Folder 28
Student Tests, 1997-1998
Box 2 / Folder 29
Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE), 2003-2013

Series 7: Court Records, 1988-1991
Box 3 / Folder 1
James Walker v Jackson Local Schools Board of Education. Case Number 88-1785-3. Complaint, Judgement Entry, and Settlement Agreement., 1988-1991
Box 3 / Folder 2
James Walker v Jackson Local Schools Board of Education. Case Number 88-1785-3. Deposition of James Walker., 1991
Box 3 / Folder 3
James Walker v Jackson Local Schools Board of Education. Case Number 88-1785-3. Deposition of Robert Glassburn, 1991
Box 3 / Folder 4
James Walker v Jackson Local Schools Board of Education. Case Number 88-1785-3. Defendant's Closing Argument, 1991
Box 3 / Folder 5
James Walker v Jackson Local Schools Board of Education. Case Number 88-1785-3. Stipulations (1 of 3)., 1988-1990
Box 3 / Folder 6
James Walker v Jackson Local Schools Board of Education. Case Number 88-1785-3. Stipulations (2 of 3)., 1988-1990
Box 3 / Folder 7
James Walker v Jackson Local Schools Board of Education. Case Number 88-1785-3. Stipulations (3 of 3)., 1988-1990
Box 3 / Folder 8
James Walker v Jackson Local Schools Board of Education. Case Number 88-1785-3. Second Set of Stipulations., 1988
Box 3 / Folder 9
James Walker v Jackson Local Schools Board of Education. Case Number 88-1785-3. Third Set of Stipulations, 1988-1989
Box 3 / Folder 10
James Walker v Jackson Local Schools Board of Education. Case Number 88-1785-3. Plaintiff's Post Trial Brief., 1991
Box 3 / Folder 11
James Walker v Jackson Local Schools Board of Education et al. Case Number 5:89CV0537., 1991
Box 3 / Folder 12
Correspondence Regarding Court Cases, 1991

Series 8: Correspondence, 1982-2014
Box 3 / Folder 13
Correspondence, 1982-1988
Box 3 / Folder 14
Correspondence, 1989
Box 3 / Folder 15
Correspondence, 1990-1991
Box 3 / Folder 16
Correspondence, 1992-1993
Box 3 / Folder 17
Correspondence, 1994-1999
Box 3 / Folder 18
Correspondence, 2000-2003
Box 3 / Folder 19
Correspondence, 2004-2006
Box 3 / Folder 20
Correspondence, 2007-2009
Box 3 / Folder 21
Correspondence, 2010-2014

Series 9: Subject Files, 1968-2013
Box 3 / Folder 22
Canal Fulton Mules Vintage Baseball, 1996-1998
Box 3 / Folder 23
Coming Together Stark County, 2005-2010
Box 3 / Folder 24
City Council Campaign, 2005
Box 3 / Folder 25
Gallia County Genealogical Society, 2008-2010
Box 3 / Folder 26
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, 1968-1976
Box 3 / Folder 27
Hospice, 1999-2003
Box 3 / Folder 28
Kent State University, 1979-2013
Box 3 / Folder 29
Massillon Museum (1 of 3), 2001-2003
Box 3 / Folder 30
Massillon Museum (2 of 3), 2002-2003
Box 3 / Folder 31
Massillon Museum (3 of 3), 2001-2003
Box 3 / Folder 32
Stark County Hunger Task Force, 1988-1994
Box 3 / Folder 33
Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Greater Canton, 1992-2009
Box 3 / Folder 34
WRCW-AM Radio Program, 2001-2002

Series 10: Photography, 1975-2003
Restrictions on Use
All photographs are the work of James W. Walker and are for research purposes only. They can not be reproduced without written permission from James W. Walker.
Related Material
Additional black and white photographs and negatives by James W. Walker of the Kent State University Gym Annex protests (tent city) can be found in the May 4 collection: Kent State Shootings Photographs from Various Sources.
Box 3 / Folder 35
35mm Slides, 1978-1983
Box 3 / Folder 36
7th Grade Football, undated
Box 3 / Folder 37
Birding Workshop, 1989
Box 3 / Folder 38
Circus, undated
Box 3 / Folder 39
Jackson Middle School Football, circa 1970s
Box 3 / Folder 40
Nobles Pond, 1988
Box 3 / Folder 41
Oklahoma Negatives and Contact Sheets, 1982
Box 3 / Folder 42
Personal Negatives, 1975-2003
Box 3 / Folder 43
Physique Contest, undated
Box 3 / Folder 44
Stan Hywet and the Cleveland Museum of Art, 1976
Box 3 / Folder 45
Track and Field, undated
Box 3 / Folder 46
Trip West, 1993
Box 3 / Folder 47
Unidentified Negatives and Contact Sheets (1 of 2), undated
Box 3 / Folder 48
Unidentified Negatives and Contact Sheets (2 of 2), undated
Box 3 / Folder 49
Unidentified Negatives, undated
Box 3 / Folder 50
Weightlifting Meet, undated
Box 3 / Folder 51
Wyoming Geology, 1992
Box 3 / Folder 52
First Place Photo - 11th Annual Exhibition of Nature Photography, 1981
Physical Location: 11th Floor Map Case