Guide to the James J. Sullivan Collection

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Davidson Library
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
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Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Guide to the James J. Sullivan Collection, 1966-1972

Collection number: SBHC Mss 49

Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara

Contact Information:

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Davidson Library
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: (805) 893-3062
  • Fax: (805) 893-5749
  • Email: special@library.ucsb.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/speccoll.html
    Processed by:
    David Kelly and D. Tambo
    Date Completed:
    20 November 2001
    Encoded by:
    David C. Gartrell
© 2002 Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: James J. Sullivan Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1966-1972
Date (bulk): (bulk 1970)
Collection Number: SBHC Mss 49
Collector: Sullivan, James J.
Extent: 2.0 linear feet (4 boxes and 5 audiotapes)
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
Physical Location: Del Sur.
Abstract: Papers compiled by James J. Sullivan, UCSB faculty member, and primarily relating to the 1970 Isla Vista disturbances. Includes documentation collected and reports issued by bodies such as the Santa Barbara Count Grand Jury, the Santa Barbara Citizens Commission on Civil Disorders, the Faculty/Clergy Observer Program, the Police Practices Action Project [PPAP], and the President's Commission on Campus Unrest. Also includes extensive participant, observer, and law enforcement accounts of incidents, arrests, and subsequent lawsuits.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Preferred Citation

James J. Sullivan Collection. SBHC Mss 49. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Undetermined.

Biography

James J. Sullivan was a UCSB Assistant Professor of Economics and a member of the Faculty-Clergy Observer Program, created in response to the 1970 Isla Vista disturbances. He compiled the preliminary report on the disturbances.
The Isla Vista disturbances took place in 1970 and were characterized as occurring in three phases:
Isla Vista I: In January 1970, UCSB Professor William Allen was denied a hearing on his dismissal and there were ensuing campus demonstrations. On February 25, 1970, William Kunstler spoke at Campus Stadium in the afternoon and crowds swelled in Isla Vista. Just after midnight the Bank of America building burned.
Isla Vista II: On April 16, 1970, Jerry Rubin spoke at a campus 'free-speech' area. On April 17, crowds gathered at the Bank and UCSB student Kevin Moran was accidentally killed during police actions.
Isla Vista III: On June 3, 1970, a Santa Barbara Grand Jury indicted 17 for the February bank burning. Over the next several days, crowds protested the indictments, there was some damage to property in IV, trash fires, and bottle and rock throwing. A curfew was imposed, sweep actions by the police, and numerous arrests. By June 12 confrontations subsided and the curfew was lifted. Total arrests: 667.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection primarily contains documentation relating to Isla Vista III and subsequent legal actions.

Collection Contents

 

Series 1.  Background

Scope and Content Note

Includes a chronology of events (1968-1970), along with correspondence, reports, addresses, photographs, newspaper articles, and a white paper on police conduct.
Box 1: 1

Allen, Bill [UCSB Professor] -- Material relating to his dismissal, 1970

Box 1: 2

Arrested Faculty -- "Statement of Jailed Professors," 1970

Box 1: 3

Arrestee Listings -- Bookings, June 1970

Box 1: 4

Chronology of Events, 1968-1970

Box 1: 5

Correspondence -- Sullivan (mainly to national newspapers and news magazines re local officials abuse of power ), 1970

Box 1: 6

Isla Vista information and statistics (includes housing, zoning, relations with UCSB), 1967-1971

Box 1: 7

Isla Vista People's Patrol -- Report, Aug. 29, 1970

Box 1: 8

Isla Vista Viewed From Behind Badge: A Deputy's Appraisal - Santa Barbara News Press, Aug. 2, 1970

Box 1: 9

Legal Defense Office - Berkeley (procedural information and sample worksheets), 1970

Box 1: 10

Local Government Response (handwritten notes, mostly re Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors), 1966-1970

Box 1: 11

Lundborg, Louis B. (Chairman of the Board, Bank of America) -- "The Lessons of Isla Vista" address, June 17, 1970

Box 1: 12 - 14

Newspaper articles and clippings, Apr.-June, Aug. 1970

Box 1: 15

Notes on Events Leading Up to the Death of Kevin Moran, Apr. 16, 1970

Box 1: 16

Panofsky, Richard Jacob (newspaper articles), Apr. 17 -- June 24, 1970

Box 1: 17

Photographs (b/w proof sheet and negatives; color prints), [1970]

Box 1: 18

White Paper on Police Conduct at UCSB, Mar. 5, 1970

 

Series 2.  Reports and Testimony about the I.V. Riots

Scope and Content Note

Includes the Campus by the Sea report by Robert A. Potter and James J. Sullivan, as well as material relating to the President's Commission on Campus Unrest, held by Joseph Rhodes, Jr., Aug. 6, 1970, and the Santa Barbara Citizens Commission on Civil Disorders, June-September 1970.
Box 2: 1

Campus by the Sea Where the Bank Burned Down: A Report on the Disturbances at UCSB and Isla Vista 1968-1970..., by Robert A. Potter and James J. Sullivan (2 copies), Sept. 1, 1970.

Abstract: [President's Commission on Campus Unrest, held by Joseph Rhodes, Jr., Aug. 6, 1970.]
Box 2: 2

Agenda

Box 2: 3

Hearings (transcriptions of tapes)

Box 2: 4

Incident Reports

Box 2: 5

Rhodes (correspondence and report on Hobart College), 1970, Santa Barbara Citizens Commission on Civil Disorders

Box 2: 6

Excerpts from testimony, June 17 -- Aug. 3, 1970

Box 2: 7

Report, Sept. 15, 1970

Box 2: 8

UC Board of Regents -- Statement by George H. Clyde (Santa Barbara County Supervisor) re Isla Vista situation, Mar. 19, 1970

Box 2: 9

UCSB and UC Statements and Memoranda, Feb. -- June 1970

Box 2: 10

Wonders, Myron (charge of violation of University standards on student conduct, and supporting documentation), 1969-1970

 

Series 3.  Faculty/Clergy Observer Program

Scope and Content Note

Includes the "Equal Justice Before the Law: A Case Study, Isla Vista 1970-1972" report, as well as other earlier reports, statements, press releases, and recommendations.
Box 2: 11

Incidents, June 1970

Box 2: 12

Preliminary Report, June 15, 1970

Box 2: 13

Reports, Statements, and Press Releases, June 1970

Box 2: 14

Recommendations, July 13, 1970

Box 2: 15

Report (update), Aug. 5, 1970

Box 2: 16

Equal Justice Before the Law: A Case Study, Isla Vista 1970-1972, Jan. 12, 1972

 

Series 4.  Formal (Legal) Complaints and Affidavits

Scope and Content Note

Includes the Santa Barbara County Grand Jury -- Preliminary Report, May 19, 1970 and court-related documentation relating to the United States District Court, Central District of California -- Civil No. 70-3128-JWC case.
Box 3: 1

Santa Barbara County Grand Jury -- Preliminary Report, May 19, 1970, United States District Court, Central District of California -- Civil No. 70-3128-JWC

Box 3: 2

Table of Complainants' Allegations, [1970]

Box 3: 3

Claim filed by John M. Sink, lawyer for plaintiffs, June 6, 1970

Box 3: 4

Complaint for Injunction, from John M. Sink, Lawyer for plaintiffs, June 12, 1970

Box 3: 5

Affidavits filed by John M. Sink, lawyer for plaintiffs, ca. June 13-20, 1970

Box 3: 6

Plaintiffs' Opening Memorandum of Points and Authorities, June 22, 1970

Box 3: 7

Affidavits in Support of Motion to Dismiss to the U.S. District Court by Attorney's for Defendants (SB and LA Sheriff's departments), June 26, 1970

 

Series 5.  Police Practices Action Project [PPAP]

Scope and Content Note

Mainly incident reports and related documentation.
Box 3: 8

Isla Vista I -- Arrest Information, Incident Reports, Feb. 1970

Box 3: 9

Isla Vista II -- Incident Reports, Apr. 1970; Isla Vista III -Incident Reports

Box 3: 10

Alphabetical list, 1970

Box 3: 11

Chronological List, June 1970

Box 3: 12 - 17

Original Set, Nos. 1-300

Box 4: 1 - 7

Original Set, Nos. 301-565

Box 4: 8

Police Officers' Names and Badge Numbers - Table of Reference to Incident Report Number, [1970]

Box 4: 9 - 10

Reports, June 1970

Box 4: 11

Reports filed later, July-August 1970

Box 4: 12

PPAP Reports, Statements, and Forms, June-July 1970

Box 4: 13

State Claims (listings of claimants, correspondence, etc.), 1970

Box 4: 14

Statistical Tabulation of Events Involving Police Practices: Incident Report Reference, June 1970

 

Series 6.  Audio Tapes

Scope and Content Note

Open reel tapes of press conference, radio program, and hearings.
A/V Item A4306/R7

University Methodist Church Press Conference, June 10, 1970

A/V Item A4307/R7

The View from Isla Vista, KABC-FM documentary, June 19, 1970

A/V Item A4308/R7

Citizen's Commission on Civil Disorders, Blue Ribbon Commission Hearings -- Testimony by Bruce McIver and Dr. Miles, June 26, 1970

A/V Item A4309/R7

Citizen's Commission on Civil Disorders Hearings -- John Wheatly (speaker), June 30, 1970

A/V Item A4310/R7

Rhodes [Joseph, Jr.] Meeting, President's Commission on Campus Unrest -- Testimony by Supervisor George Clyde, Greg Knell, and Ted Gillum, Aug. 6, 1970