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.
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.
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