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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Title: John H. Bunzel papers
    Date (inclusive): 1949-2004
    Collection Number: 87001
    Creator: Bunzel, John H., 1924-
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Collection Size: 47 manuscript boxes, 1 card file box, 1 oversize box (21.7 linear feet)
    Abstract: Speeches and writings, correspondence, minutes, grant proposals, memoranda, reports, studies, hearing transcripts, printed matter, and photographs related to political science, administration of San Jose State University, student radicalism at San Francisco State University, activities of the Institute for Educational Affairs in funding academic research projects, and activities of the Civil Rights Commission in monitoring the status of civil rights in the United States, such as investigating allegations of race or sex discrimination in voting, employment, or housing and considering affirmative action and comparable worth concepts.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of the Material : The collection is in English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], John H. Bunzel papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1987 with an increment in 2005.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Related Materials

    James Babb papers, Hoover Institution Archives
    San Jose State Office of the Presidents, John Bunzel records, San Jose State University

    Biographical Note

    1924 Born, New York City, New York
    1937-1942 Attended Kent School, Kent, Connecticut
    1943-1946 Served in the United States Army
    1948 AB in political science from Princeton University
    1949 MA in sociology from Columbia University
    1953-1956 Taught at San Francisco State College
    1954 PhD in political science from the University of California at Berkeley
    1956-1957 Taught at Michigan State University
    1957-1963 Taught at Stanford University
    1959-1961 Director, Northern California Citizenship Clearing House
    1962 Author, The American Small Businessman
    1962-1963 President, Northern California Political Science Association
    1963-1970 Taught at San Francisco State College
    1964 Author, Issues of American Public Policy
    1967 Author, Anti-Politics in America
    1968 California delegate, Democratic National Convention
    1969 Awarded Presidential Award from the Northern California Political Science Association
    1970-1978 President, San Jose State University
    1974 Awarded Certificate of Honor from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
    1976 Honorary doctor of laws, University of Santa Clara
    1978- Fellow, Hoover Institution
    1983 Author, New Force on the Left: Tom Hayden and the Campaign Against Corporate America
    1983-1986 Commissioner, United States Commission on Civil Rights
    1985 Editor, Challenge to American Schools : The Case for Standards and Values
    1988 Editor, Political Passages: Journeys of Change through Two Decades, 1968-1988
      Became a political commentator on a KCBS radio news program
    1990 Received the Hubert Humphrey Award from the American Political Science Association
    1992 Author, Race Relations on Campus: Stanford Students Speak
    1998 Author, Affirmative Action in Higher Education : A Dilemma of Conflicting Principles

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The John H. Bunzel papers consist of speeches and writings, correspondence, minutes, grant proposals, memoranda, reports, studies, hearing transcripts, printed matter, and photographs related to political science, administration of San Jose State University, student radicalism at San Francisco State University, activities of the Institute for Educational Affairs in funding academic research projects, and activities of the Civil Rights Commission in monitoring the status of civil rights in the United States, such as investigating allegations of race or sex discrimination in voting, employment, or housing and considering affirmative action and comparable worth concepts.
    Over his career, Bunzel served as a professor of political science, academic president, and Hoover Institution fellow. The Biographical file contains a curriculum vitae detailing Bunzel's career, as well as report cards and photographs. For articles about Bunzel, see the clippings in the speeches and writings series, as well as the San Jose State University file.
    The collection contains Correspondence, mainly dating from the 1990s, which includes letters to or from Morris B. Abram, John Kerry, Edward Laurie, Stanley Mosk, Daniel Moynihan, Condoleezza Rice, and David Riesman. Several letters contain discussions of affirmative action issues.
    Many of Bunzel's Speeches and writings also comment on affirmative action policies and civil rights issues. This file includes speeches, books, articles by Bunzel and about him, radio commentary, interviews, and chapter drafts for Race Relations on Campus, a book published in 1992 that examines issues of race at Stanford University.
    The Professional activities file contains materials related to Bunzel's teaching career, as well as his role as the California delegate to the Democratic National Convention of 1968 and a Hoover Institution fellow. Bunzel was a professor at San Francisco State University from 1953 to 1956 and from 1963 to 1970, an era that saw student unrest and protests. During a lengthy strike in the 1960s, Bunzel was a target of student protesters, suffering disruptions while teaching and threats. This period of student radicalism at San Francisco State University is documented in this file.
    Bunzel served as president of San Jose State University from 1970 to 1978. Under his leadership, the university established programs in religious studies, Jewish studies, and women's studies; changed its name from San Jose State College to San Jose State University; and hired more women into high-level administrative positions than any other California State University at that time. The San Jose State University file contains speeches, clippings, and letters documenting Bunzel's activities as president.
    Bunzel served on the board of directors for the Institute for Educational Affairs (IEA), which later merged with the Madison Center to become the Madison Center for Educational Affairs. The IEA was an educational foundation established in 1978 with the goal of supporting democratic capitalism. The collection includes materials from board meetings of the IEA, such as agendas, minutes, grant proposals, and reports.
    In 1983, President Reagan appointed Bunzel to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, a federal agency established in 1957 to investigate civil rights issues. In 1986, Bunzel called for the resignation of Chairman Clarence Pendleton and did not seek reappointment after the expiration of his term of service. The United States Commission on Civil Rights file includes meeting materials, memoranda, and consultation/hearing binders related to issues of comparable worth, affirmative action, and fair housing. Memoranda often summarize court cases and have attached reports.
    The Audiovisual material includes sound recordings of Bunzel's speeches, as well as recordings of events at San Jose State University, such as Bunzel's inauguration as president and his "farewell roast" upon leaving that position. This file contains a videotape of Bunzel being interviewed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which includes his comments on Edward Teller. The Oversize material and ephemera contain clippings and a coffee mug imprinted with an article about Bunzel.
    Source: San Jose State University. SJSU Presidents. http://www.sjsu.edu/about_sjsu/history/presidents/

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Institute for Educational Affairs (New York, N.Y.)
    San Jose State University.
    United States Commission on Civil Rights.
    Affirmative action programs--United States.
    Civil rights--United States.
    Education--United States.
    Equal pay for equal work--United States.
    Learning and scholarship--United States.
    Political science.
    Radicalism--United States.
    Research--United States.
    Student movements--United States.
    United States--Race relations.
    Women--United States.