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Guide to the H. Bruce Franklin Collection
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  • Overview
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Sketch
  • Description of the Collection
  • Access Terms

  • Overview

    Call Number: SC0152
    Creator: Franklin, H. Bruce (Howard Bruce), 1934-
    Title: H. Bruce Franklin collection
    Dates: 1969-1980
    Physical Description: 4 Linear feet (8 boxes)
    Summary: This collection includes newspapers clippings, Stanford news releases, leaflets and pamphlets relating to Franklin's tenure and dismissal hearings, the full text of the Advisory Board's recommendations, and transcripts of hearing proceedings. Also included are a copy of a senior research project by James Wascher of Northwestern University, 1978; photocopy of a letter from Wallace Stegner, 1972; and the Board of Trustees resolution reaffirming Franklin's dismissal, 1980.
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
    Stanford University Libraries.
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305
    Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information

    Provenance

    The materials were received by the Stanford University Archives via administrative transfer from Ray Bachetti, Vice-Provost, in 1976. Additional materials were collected by archives staff during the course of the Franklin hearings.

    Information about Access

    This collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least 48 hours in advance of intended use.

    Ownership & Copyright

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Cite As

    [Identification of item], H. Bruce Franklin Collection (SC0152). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Biographical/Historical Sketch

    H. Bruce Franklin had been a member of the English Department faculty since he received his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1961. A highly regarded scholar of Melville, he received tenure in 1965. In his early career at Stanford, Franklin was not publicly involved with politics. He dates the beginning of his political commitment from 1966, when he taught at the Stanford-in-France campus. There he became acquainted with several Vietnamese students, and with them, founded a politically oriented free university in Paris. The controversy concerning Franklin's tenure began in 1971, when he allegedly participated in the heckling of a speech by Henry Cabot Lodge on January 11. The speech was cancelled, and President Lyman sent Franklin a letter of reprimand for his part in the disruptions. Franklin continued to participate in campus demonstrations, however and on March 22 of 1971 was charged by President Lyman for contributing to or inciting disruptions on four occasions: the Lodge disruptions on January 11; a White Plaza antiwar rally on February 10; the occupation of the Computation Center; and a nighttime rally on February 10 which led to subsequent acts of violence on the campus. He was tried before a faculty advisory board of seven full professors. The hearings lasted from September 28, 1971 to January 4, 1972, when the board recommended 5 to 2 that Franklin be fired. The board of Trustees finalized the dismissal on January 20, 1972.

    Description of the Collection

    The collection includes newspapers clippings, Stanford news releases, leaflets and pamphlets relating to Franklin's tenure and dismissal hearings, the full text of the Advisory Board's recommendations, and transcripts of hearing proceedings. Also included are a copy of a senior research project by James Wascher of Northwestern University, 1978; photocopy of a letter from Wallace Stegner, 1972; and the Board of Trustees resolution reaffirming Franklin's dismissal, 1980.

    Access Terms

    Franklin, H. Bruce (Howard Bruce), 1934-
    Lyman, Richard W., 1923-2012.
    Stegner, Wallace Earle, 1909-1993
    Wascher, James D.
    Academic freedom.
    Pamphlets
    Student movements--California--Stanford.
    Transcripts