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Guide to the Peter Bohmer Collection
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  • Administrative Information
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  • 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
    URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
    Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
    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
    Publications

    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

    Accruals:

    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.