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Governor's Day Papers

 Collection
Identifier: AC 0020
This collection consists of the letters and petitions sent to N. Edd Miller concerning the Governor's Day ceremony and protest march, and the clipped newspaper columns which were signed and sent, often with attached letters.

Dates

  • 1970

Creator

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law. Copy and literary rights not owned by University of Nevada.

Extent

0.3 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Abstract

Letters and petitions sent to university President N. Edd Miller concerning the Governor's Day ceremony and protest march, and a newspaper letter to the editor which was clipped, signed and sent, often with attached letters, calling for the discharge of participating faculty and students.

Administrative Note

Governor's Day was an annual occasion for honoring ROTC cadets. In 1970, students that opposed the war in Vietnam held a peace rally the same day, May 5, 1970, disrupting the proceedings. A substantial segment of the community was outraged, and voiced their disapproval to the university President, N. Edd Miller, with letters and petitions calling for the discharge of faculty that urged and directed the disruption and the expulsion of students that participated.

For many years prior to 1970, Nevada Governor's Day was the occasion for honoring ROTC cadets, with the governor in attendance to review future officers. In 1970, the occasion was held coincidentally in the same week President Richard Nixon ordered American troops into Cambodia, and four students were shot to death by National Guard troops at Kent State University in Ohio.

The same day Governor's Day was held, May 5, a peace rally was held by students opposing the war and the military policies of the federal government when the rally became a march toward the Governor's Day ceremony. The marchers walked around the field where military exercises were being held, and while some demonstrators filed into the stands, shouting anti-war slogans, others went onto the field and threatened to disrupt the ROTC cadet drill.

The episode ended without violence, but a substantial segment of the community was outraged. They voiced their disapproval to the president of the University, N. Edd Miller, with letters and petitions. A local newspaper printed a letter to the editor calling on the university to discharge faculty that urged and directed the disruption and the expulsion of students that participated. The letter urged any reader who agreed with the sentiment expressed, to clip, sign, and forward it to the university administration.

Arrangement

Unarranged.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

University president's office; transfer; unknown.

Creator

Title
A Guide to the Governor's Day Papers
Status
completed
Author
Betty Glass
Date
August 13, 2008
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. University Archives Repository

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