Special Collections and Archives

James Nuber papers

Special Collections and Archives

James Nuber papers

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Finding Aid for the James Nuber papers

May 4 Collection -- Box 5

Author: Gregg McCullough, March 2008
Revisions: Updated by Haley Antell, March 2018
Descriptive Rules: DACS
Origination: Nuber, James
Inclusive Dates: 1969-1977
Bulk Dates: 1970-1971
Extent: 1.0 cubic feet (1 record storage box)
Physical Location: 12th floor
Language of Materials: English


Biography: James Nuber was an undergraduate student at Kent State University in the 1970s, including at the time of the Kent State shootings on May 4, 1970. He served as a Student Senator, Executive Assistant to the Student Body President, chairperson of the Executive Board of the Life Center, and was involved with the Center for Peaceful Change. Nuber was also a member of many national organizations dedicated to ending the Vietnam War. He graduated from Kent State with a degree in business administration in 1977.


Scope and Content: The James Nuber papers contain records from national and Kent State University organizations related to, or created in response to the Kent State shootings and the Vietnam War. Organizations represented in this collection include the Center for Peaceful Change, Inter-Faith Task Force, Kent Reform Council, Life Center, Peace Brigade, Young Voters for Peace, and the Kent State University Student Government. The papers provide information on student involvement in activism nationally and at Kent State in the aftermath of the Kent State shootings.


Arrangement: The James Nuber papers are arranged in the following series.


Acquisition Information: This collection was donated to the Department of Special Collections and Archives by James Nuber in September 2000.

Preferred Citation: James Nuber papers. May 4 Collection. Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.

Related Material: See also the Center for Peaceful Change records.

Restrictions on Access: Some information included in this collection is restricted due to the presence of information protected by privacy laws. This information has been redacted where present on documents in the collection. Un-redacted originals, in all cases, have been retained by Special Collections and Archives.

Separated Materials: Some records, deemed unrelated to the Kent State shootings and produced by Kent State University Student Government, were removed from the James Nuber papers and placed in the Student Government records.

Sponsor: Digitization of this collection was funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Series 1: Organizations
Scope and Content: Contains records from organizations with which James Nuber was involved.
Arrangement: Materials are arranged alphabetically by organization.

May 4 Collection - Box 5
Folder -- Contents

  1. Center for Peaceful Change: Annual Report: 1974-1975
  2. Center for Peaceful Change: Clippings: 1971
  3. Center for Peaceful Change: Conferences: 1971
  4. Center for Peaceful Change: Correspondence: 1970-1971
  5. Center for Peaceful Change: Correspondence: 1975; 1977
  6. Center for Peaceful Change: Curricula: 1971-1977
  7. Center for Peaceful Change: Event Flyers/Leaflets: 1971
  8. Center for Peaceful Change: Meeting Minutes: 1971
    Scope and Content: Includes meetings minutes from the Executive Committee of the Center for Peaceful Change. Also contains meeting notes, likely written by James Nuber.
  9. Center for Peaceful Change: Meeting Minutes: 1975
    Scope and Content: Includes an agenda for a September 26, 1975 CPC staff meeting, and the minutes for a November 19, 1975 CPC Advisory Council meeting.
  10. Center for Peaceful Change: Organizational Affiliations: undated
    Scope and Content: This file contains a document titled, “Center for Peaceful Change, Guidelines for Organizational Affiliations.”
  11. Center for Peaceful Change: Proposals: 1970-1971; undated
    Scope and Content: Includes proposals for the establishment of the Center for Peaceful Change, and educational development and programming.
  12. Center for Peaceful Change: Publications: 1970s
    Scope and Content: Contains three booklets published by the Center for Peaceful Change. Full titles:
    Center for Peaceful Change: A Living Memorial to Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandy Scheuer, Bill Schroeder.
    Education Dynamism in Miniature (course offerings in the Center for Peaceful Change, the Institute for African American Affairs, and the Center for Urban Regionalism and Environmental Systems).
    Kent State Program in Peaceful Change: A Profile.
  13. Center for Peaceful Change: Related Organizations: 1970-1971; undated
    Scope and Content: Contains a booklet, survey, and leaflets from related organizations, some of which were affiliated with Kent State University.
  14. Inter-Faith Task Force: Centre for Group Studies: 1969; undated
    Scope and Content: Contains several proposals from an organization in England and Ohio, called the Centre for Group Studies. Both the Inter-Faith Task Force and the Centre for Group Studies were concerned with welfare policy.
  15. Inter-Faith Task Force: Our Poor Neighbors: 1970
    Scope and Content: Full title: Our Poor Neighbors: What are we doing to help? What could we do?
    Authors: Paulsen, Arnold; Saupe, William; Daft, Lynn; Nelson, Don
    Publisher: Farm Foundation, National Committee on Agricultural Policy, Agriculture Policy Institute at North Carolina State University, and the Center for Agricultural and Economic Development at Iowa State University
  16. Inter-Faith Task Force: Proposal for Action: 1970
    Scope and Content: Full Title: Public Assistance Reform in Ohio: An Inter-Faith Proposal for Action
  17. Inter-Faith Task Force: Publications: 1971
    Scope and Content: Contains several pamphlets and booklets published by the Inter-Faith Task Force, many of which were sent to James Nuber.
  18. Kent Reform Council: Flyers, Leaflets: 1971; undated
  19. Kent Reform Council: Home Rule: circa 1971
    Scope and Content: Full title: Home Rule: A Perspective for Faculty
  20. Kent Reform Council: House Bill: 1971
    Scope and Content: A bill to amend sections of the Ohio Revised Code to provide for Home Rule of state universities by students and faculty.
  21. Kent Reform Council: KRC Candidates for Trustees: circa 1971
  22. Kent Reform Council: Meeting Minutes: February 9, 1971
  23. Kent Reform Council: Survey Analysis: January 1971
    Scope and Content: Full title: Analysis of KRC-Student Government Survey
  24. Kent Reform Council: Why Home Rule?: circa 1971
  25. Life Center: Correspondence: 1970-1971
  26. Life Center: Notes: undated
    Scope and Content: Includes handwritten notes, likely made by James Nuber.
  27. Life Center: Proposals: 1970
  28. Peace Brigade: Gentle Strength, vol. 3: 1970-1971
    Scope and Content: Newsletter published by the Peace Brigade. Includes volume 3, issues 1-4 and 6-9.
  29. Peace Brigade: Gentle Strength, vol. 4: 1971
    Scope and Content: Newsletter published by the Peace Brigade. Includes volume 4, issues 1-6.
  30. Peace Brigade: Publicity: 1970-1971
    Scope and Content: Includes a booklet, flyers, leaflets, and a press release regarding activities organized by the Peace Brigade.
  31. Student Government: Correspondence: November-December 1970
  32. Student Government: Correspondence: January-March 1971
  33. Student Government: Correspondence: April 1971
  34. Student Government: Correspondence: May-August 1971; undated
  35. Student Government: Emergency Procedures: April 1971
  36. Student Government: Events: 1970-1971
  37. Student Government: Meeting Minutes: Executive: November 1970
  38. Student Government: Meeting Minutes: Executive: January-May 1971
  39. Student Government: Meeting Minutes: Senate: July-November 1970
  40. Student Government: Meeting Minutes: Senate: February-May 1971
  41. Student Government: Organizational Charts: 1971
  42. Student Government: Position Paper: undated (likely 1970)
    Scope and Content: Contains a position paper by the Student Body President on Ohio House Bill 1219.
  43. Quaker Organizations: 1970-1971
    Historical Note: In July 1971 a group from Northeast Ohio affiliated with Quaker organizations travelled to Washington DC to lobby Congress against the Vietnam War.
    Scope and Content: Includes publications from the Friends Committee on National Legislation, American Friends Service Committee, Congressional Record, list of persons travelling to Washington DC, and handwritten notes, possibly written by Nuber.
  44. Young Voters for Peace: Leaflets: 1971

Series 2: Subject Files

May 4 Collection -- Box 5
Folder -- Contents

  1. Subject File: Committee for Non-Violence: Phone Tree: undated
  2. Subject File: Nuber: Journal Entries: 1972
    Restrictions on Access: This file is restricted.
  3. Subject File: Nuber: Notes and Correspondence: 1971
  4. Subject File: Nuber: Student Papers/Projects: 1970-1971
  5. Subject File: Political Education: 1971
    Scope and Content: Proposal by the Kent State University Committee on Political Education to create a Political Information Bureau.
  6. Subject File: Report: Campus Unrest: April 19, 1971
    Scope and Content: Full title: Campus Unrest: Rhetoric and Reality. A Report of the Attitudes at American Colleges and Universities
    Author: Thomas, Gordon B.
  7. Subject File: Report: University Governance: November 1969
    Scope and Content: Report titled Statement on Student-Faculty-Administrative Relationships: A Report to the Senate and Member Institutions of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges by the Committee on Student-Faculty-Administrative Relationships
  8. Subject File: ROTC: 1970-1971
    Scope and Content: Includes reports, statements, and news clippings related to the ROTC at Kent State University.
  9. Subject File: Special Grand Jury: undated
    Scope and Content: Contains a list of witnesses scheduled to testify in the Special Grand Jury.
  10. Subject File: Student Organizations: 1970-1971; undated
    Scope and Content: Flyers, leaflets, and newsletters published by student organizations.
  11. Subject File: Tent City: 1977
    Scope and Content: Includes a flyer, press release, and bumper stickers related to the Gym Annex protest events (Tent City).