Overview of the Collection
Scope and Contents
Overview of the Collection
Collection Title: Peter Bohmer Collection
Physical Description: 1.76 lienar ft
Language of Materials:
Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Peter Bohmer was an assistant economics professor at San Diego State University during the 1960s. During his time at SDSU,
he was known for his activism, participating in many campus demonstrations. In 1971, Bohmer was charged with unprofessional
conduct and eventually fired by Chancellor Glenn S. Dumke. In December of 1971, a hearing was held behind closed doors in
downtown San Diego to determine Bohmer's future with the university. More than 100 people testified on Bohmer's behalf.
On December 19, he was cleared of all charges. However, he was not recommended for rehire and the university President, Donald
Walker, immediately called for a new set of hearing based upon new evidence. Bohmer was eventually recommended for rehire
by Chancellor Dumke, but would never work at SDSU again.
In 1972, Bohmer was arrested and convicted of staging a protest against the Santa Fe Railroad in Del Mar, CA. He and several
others placed timber on the railroad tracks, setting fire to it in order to protest the railroad's practice of shipping war
materials through San Diego. He was sentenced to Chino State Prison and ordered to undergo psychological observation for
90 days. After his release from prison, Bohmer left California. He returned to MIT to finish his doctorate. He later went
to Pennsylvania State University for further studies. He eventually moved to Washington where he taught public administration.
He also married and had 3 children.
This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
San Diego State University -- Faculty -- Biography -- Sources
San Diego State University -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
Genre/Form of Material:
Bohmer, Peter -- Archives
Peace movements -- California -- San Diego -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
Protest movements -- California -- San Diego -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
Student movements -- California -- San Diego -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
Conditions Governing Use:
The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with
the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections
is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Requests for permission to publish must be
submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission
is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission
of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available
for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including
but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Conditions Governing Access:
This collection is open for research.
Identification of item, folder title, box number, Peter Bohmer Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library
and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Radical Ephemera and Underground Publications Collection
University Senate Records
Associated Students Records
Harold Keen Papers
Scope and Contents
Peter Bohmer Collection dates from 1964-1979 with some undated materials. The collection documents Bohmer's personal and professional life, including
legal issues during his time as an assistant economics professor at San Diego State University as well as his arrest and conviction
for staging a protest against the Santa Fe Railroad Company in 1972. The collection includes memos on planning for campus
disruptions; Associated Student Council meeting minutes; billing information for damages done to university property during
student demonstrations; numerous flyers promoting campus protests against chemical companies, military recruiting on campus,
and war; publications on discrimination and rebellion; information on the campus wide strike in 1969; correspondence regarding
campus resolutions, demonstrations, and university policy; university memos on disciplinary procedures for both students and
faculty; newspaper clippings about
The Phoenix, a student publication, being blocked from distribution; and memos and policies regarding student conduct and discipline.
The collection is arranged alphabetically.