Guide to the Peter Bohmer Collection

Finding Aid Authors: Jennifer Hollander.
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Guide to the Peter Bohmer Collection 1964/1979

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Peter Bohmer Collection
Dates: 1964-1979
Identification: MS-0334
Creator: Bohmer, Peter
Physical Description: 1.76 lienar ft
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Phone: 619-594-6791

Biographical Information:

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.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name:

San Diego State University -- Faculty -- Biography -- Sources
San Diego State University -- History -- 20th century -- Sources

Genre/Form of Material:

Personal Papers

Personal Name:

Bohmer, Peter -- Archives

Topical Term:

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

Administrative Information


1986, 1989

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.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Peter Bohmer Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Related Materials:

Radical Ephemera and Underground Publications Collection
University Senate Records
Associated Students Records
Harold Keen Papers
Uncataloged Periodicals

Scope and Contents

The 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.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Daily Aztec January 4 - March 2, 1973

Box 1, Folder 2

Daily Aztec May 19 - May 25, 1972

Box 1, Folder 3

Daily Aztec September 28 - December 14, 1972

Box 1, Folder 4

Daily Aztec November 4 - November 24, 1971

Box 1, Folder 5

Daily Aztec January 4 - January 14, 1972

Box 1, Folder 6

Daily Aztec February 7 - February 23, 1972

Box 1, Folder 7

Daily Aztec Reports on Peter Bohmer October 21 - November 3, 1971

Box 1, Folder 8

Daily Aztec February 24 - March 7, 1972

Box 1, Folder 9

Daily Aztec April 4 - April 26, 1972

Box 1, Folder 10

Daily Aztec May 2 - May 16, 1972

Box 1, Folder 11

Daily Aztec December 1 - December 17, 1971

Box 1, Folder 12

Other Newspaper and Clippings of Peter Bohmer Trial 1971 - 1972

Box 1, Folder 13

Daily Aztec

Box 1, Folder 14

Newspaper Clippings

Box 2, Folder 1

Administration: Planning for Campus Demonstrations 1965 - 1972

Box 2, Folder 2

Billing Information on Damages 1972

Box 2, Folder 3

Associated Students Council Minutes 1969

Box 2, Folder 4

Bohmer, Peter

Box 2, Folder 5

Bohmer, Peter - Case

Box 2, Folder 6

Bohmer Case 1970 - 1972

Box 2, Folder 7

Campus Disturbances - Mixed 1967 - 1970

Box 2, Folder 8

Campus Disturbances - Mixed 1971 - 1975

Box 2, Folder 9

Campus Disturbances - Mixed 1979 - 1982

Box 2, Folder 10

Campus Strike May 1969

Box 2, Folder 11

Chicano Community May 1972

Box 2, Folder 12

Correspondence 1967 - 1972

Box 2, Folder 13

Newspaper Clippings 1967 - 1969

Box 2, Folder 14

Newspaper Clippings 1970 - 1972

Box 2, Folder 15

Phoenix Incident 1964

Box 2, Folder 16

Professor Bohmer's Dismissal 1971 - 1972

Box 2, Folder 17

Publications on Discrimination 1968 - 1971

Box 2, Folder 18

Student Conduct Procedures 1967 - 1972

Box 2, Folder 19

Student Discipline: Published Booklets, non-SDSU