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Dr. Charles Barrell Papers - MS 636
The papers of Dr. Charles Barrell (1909-1992) were transferred from his estate to the Center for Archival Collections during the 1991-1992 academic year. An addition to the collection was made by Roger Anderson, Political Science Associate Professor Emeritus, Bowling Green State University, in July 2003. The collection contains correspondence, publications and files related to his tenure as a professor of Political Science at Bowling Green State University (1940-1974) and his service as a Bowling Green City Councilman (1967-1981).
There are no restrictions on the use of this collection and duplication is permitted for preservation and research purposes. This finding aid was completed by Paul Buckingham, archival assistant, in June 1996 and revised in July 2003.
Dr. Charles Barrell was born in Buckingham, Virginia, on March 21, 1909. He earned a B.A. in History from Hampden-Syndey College of Virginia in 1931; a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Virginia in 1932; and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Ohio State University in 1938. He taught as an instructor at a few colleges including Oberlin College before being hired by Bowling Green State University in 1940. He taught political science from 1940 until his retirement in 1974. He was on leave between 1942 and 1946 when he served in the Army, first as a private, then corporal at the Anti-Aircraft Artillery School at Camp David, North Carolina, and then beginning February 1945, until his discharge in January 1946, as an officer in the Political Branch of Military Intelligence.
Throughout his life, Dr. Barrell was dedicated to serving both the University and the Bowling Green community. His academic career involved seventeen years as chairman of the Department of Political Science (1948-1965). He was involved in discussions about campus unrest at BGSU in the late 1950s and 1960s, both in shaping and criticizing the University's response. Some of his students went on to become important figures in state and local politics (see Charles Kurfess Papers, MS-26).
Barrell gave more than just students to the political process. He himself was heavily involved in the Bowling Green community. He was an active member of Kiwanis for over 30 years, and active in the Democratic Party, serving as an alternate from Ohio to the National Convention of 1964. He also served as a City Councilman from 1967 to 1981. On the Council, he worked to bring the Home Rule Charter to city government and was instrumental in developing a senior center and the post of city housing ombudsman. His career spanned important times in the history of the University and the City. He died on January 14, 1992.
The Barrell Papers contain the personal correspondence, publications, and financial papers of Dr. Charles Barrell (1909-1992). Also included in this collection are materials concerning the history of Bowling Green State University and the Department of Political Science as well as the history of the city of Bowling Green during Dr. Barrell's tenure as a City Councilman, 1967-1981.
The heart of the collection is a series of correspondence covering the years 1933 to 1983. This record series contains letters pertaining to the hiring of Dr. Barrell by Bowling Green State University, his service during WWII, his work on campus as chair of the Department of Political Science (1948-1965), his involvement with the campus unrest during the late 1950s and 1960s, and his work as a City Councilman for Bowling Green (1967-1981).
Other important series include files directly concerning his work for city council, especially those relating to the City Charter Commission, a collection of publications concerning his academic work, and files dedicated to his concerns about student rights and political freedom.
One small series of interest is a collection of war propaganda leaflets sent to him by a former student or colleague. The series contains leaflets sent to Japanese soldiers in WWII, and American solders during the Korean War.
A weakness of the collection is the lack of documents relating to Dr. Barrell's involvement with the Democratic Party. His political, as opposed to his governing, activities are only hinted at in the collection's papers.
This collection will be useful as a basis for biographical work as well as for histories of the University and the Department of Political Science. It also contains useful materials for the study of the city of Bowling Green.
CITY OF BOWLING GREEN--MINUTES
Minutes, reports and some correspondence are included from the various Bowling Green city committees and boards. Of special interest are the files of the Charter Commission.
PERSONAL AND BUSINESS CORRESPONDENCE
Topics include Bowling Green City Politics, faculty and correspondence from the Political Science Department at Bowling Green State University, and personal letters from friends and students.
STUDENTS AND POLITICAL FREEDOM
Includes reports, memos, etc., discussing the outbreak of student demonstrations and university policy toward student rights.
WARTIME PROPOGANDA MATERIALS
Included are propaganda leaflets from WW II from the Psychological Warfare Branch of the U.S. Armed Forces aimed toward the Japanese. Also included are propaganda intended for U.S. Forces during the Korean Conflict.
MANUSCRIPTS BY CHARLES BARRELL
[1929-1989, sc.], n.d.
These papers include articles (some published) written by Barrell for publication, for class use, and reports written about Bowling Green City government and policies. Most of the topics covered deal with politics and the political system. Several speeches are included, of interest is the introduction of speaker Senator John Kennedy. Also included is a history of the Political Science Department.
MANUSCRIPTS BY OTHER AUTHORS
Arranged alphabetically by name or title.
These papers include ones identified by author and ones which are not identified (some of the latter may actually have been written by Barrell). Some are from former students of Dr. Barrell. The papers deal with political issues and the American system of government, as well as principles of academics. Several speeches and addresses are included.
Included are contracts of employment with BGSU, contracts with the Board of Elections and a resolution commending the sesquicentennial commission of Bowling Green.
Included are receipts for declaration of candidacy and pay stubs.
SCRAPBOOKS AND SCRAPBOOK MATERIALS
1933, 1941-1942, n.d.
Report card from the University of Virginia, Pay Roll Allotment Authorization card, Bowling Green Council member card, U.S. Senate Chamber pass.
Two maps of the city of Bowling Green, one identified as Plain (Town 5 North, Range 10 East) and Center (Range 11 East).
Arranged by subject.
Articles and publications about government and political issues and documents sent to Barrell by professional colleagues and former students.
1951, 1963, 1965, 1980
These include certificates of appreciation from the Department of Political Science, the Kiwanis Club, Bowling Green City Council, the Democratic National Committee, and the Medical College of Ohio. Also included are certificates of election and nomination for council positions in Bowling Green and sample ballots.
These include certificates of appreciation from the Department of Political Science, the Kiwanis Club, Bowling Green City Council, the Democratic National Committee, and the Medical College of Ohio. Also included are certificates of election and nomination for council positions in Bowling Green.
Includes political pamphlets and flyers, a bumper sticker from campaign for councilman in Bowling Green.
Includes programs from the American Association of University Professors Conference, an Epsilon Chi Chapter program.
PHOTOGRAPHIC AND AUDIO MATERIAL
1959, 1971-1989, n.d.
Most photos are unidentified but show Dr. Barrell accepting awards, speaking at functions, and with noted personalities. Of special interest is a photo of then Senator John Kennedy with students during his visit to BGSU in September 1959.
Two reel-to-reel tapes, one identified as "Henry Howell" and the other as "The American Political Science Associations 1965 Seminar".
Three paper weights with the Seal of Bowling Green and one commemorative plate from the 1955 Political Science 490 class, with the names of several students on the back.
- Correspondence, May 1933-May 1948
- Correspondence, Feb. 1950-Dec. 1959
- Correspondence, Jan. 1960-March 1964
- Correspondence, June 1964-Sept. 1969
- Correspondence, March 1970-Dec. 1975
- Correspondence, Jan. 1976-Sept. 1979
- Correspondence, Jan. 1980-Nov. 1983
- Correspondence, n.d.
- "An Academic Looks at Political Parties", by Barrell, n.d.
- "Can War Be Abolished?", by Barrell 
- "City Politics and Urban Problems", by Barrell and Anderson, n.d.
- "A Concert of the World", by Barrell, n.d.
- "The Dubious Duality of Virginia Politics", by Barrell, n.d.
- Editorials, by Barrell, 1930, 1988
- "The Electoral System and its 'Reforms'", by Barrell, n.d.
- "George Wythe, Constitutionalist", by Barrell, n.d.
- "How Different Would the Government of Bowling Green be Under the Proposed Charter?", by Barrell 
- "International Affairs in 1939", by Barrell, 1940
- Senator John Kennedy Introduction--Speech, by Barrell, 
- "Larger Living"--Speech, by Barrell, 1935
- "Negro Rights", by Barrell, n.d.
- "Pan-American Society", by Barrel, n.d.
- "Participatory Democracy", by Barrell, n.d.
- "Proportion and Plurality in the Election of a President", by Barrell, n.d.
- "The Proposed Housing Code", by Barrell 1981
- "The Rationale and Institutionalization of Metropolitan Government", by Barrell 
- "Re-alignment of Political Parties"--Speech, by Barrell, n.d.
- "Responsible National Government", by Barrell (college Thesis), 1932
- "Sweet versus Sour: Notes on Suffrage", by Barrell, n.d.
- "Virginia, Molder of the Nation's Political Ideals", by Barrell 
- "What Democracy Means to Barrell", by Barrell, n.d.
- "Political Science at Bowling Green State University," by Barrell 
- "The Theory and Practice of Representation: An Analysis of Numerical Functions and Forms," by Barrell, 1939
- "Administrative Regulation", by Emmette Redford, n.d.
- "Alienation and the Radical Right", by Gilbert Abcarian 1964
- "An American Program for World Peace", by Clyde L. Deeds, n.d.
- "Beginnings of BGSU and its Fraternities-- Speech by Ivan E. Lake, 1953
- Book Comparison, by Dennis Ferrell, 
- Book Review of Dynamics of the Party System, by Barbara Glimpse, 1974
- "Citizens in Politics", by Robert Hirshfield, 1962
- "Competition and Fractionalism in Southern Legislative Primaries and Elections", by Malcolm Jewell 1962
- "De Facto Segregation: Problem for Urban Education", by Sandra Vekasy, 1968
- "The Democratic Principle", by William Snow, 1970
- "Dilemma of the Scholar Activist", by D. Anderson and D. Chandler, n.d.
- "First Year of the Franchise", by Kalman Szekely and Dawn McCaghy, 1972
- "Framework for the Analysis of Local Primary-Economics", by John Kain, n.d.
- "Freedom"--Address, by Charles E. Ayers, 1959
- "Freedom of the Press", by R. Brannon, n.d.
- "Formal Coordination of Higher Education in the State of Ohio", by Neil Heighberger, n.d.
- "Game Theory Analysis of Campaign Decisions", by John Kessel, 1962
- "History of the Bowling Green Senior Citizen's Club", by Florence Aldrich, 1977
- "Industrial Development Committee of the Little Hoover Commission", n.d.
- "Insanity and Crime", by H. Fockler, 1936
- "Introducing Political Science: Three Professors in Search of a Method", by R. Giardina, T. Jones, W. Spragens, n.d.
- "An Introduction to Administrative Law", by James Hart, n.d.
- "Is Democratic Theory Anachronistic?", by David Kettler, 1968
- "James Baldwin's Contribution to the Identity of the American Negro", by James Morr 1968
- "Labor in City Politics: Case of the Toledo United Auto Workers", by Schley Lyons, n.d.
- "Legislative Seminar Discussion Notes", by Arthur Peterson, n.d.
- "Loyalty Case Studies", by McNair, n.d.
- "Loyalty of Government Employees...", by Burke, n.d.
- "Michigan Legislative Since Re-apportionment", by Robert L. Sawyer, n.d.
- "The Ohio Constitution and Metropolitan Areas", by George Willis, 1970
- "Ohio Government Finance Study", by Betsy Weis, 1982
- "Party Realignment: Lubell vs. Sundquist", by Jeff Weber, 1974
- "The Persistance of Ideology", by Steven Brown, 1968
- "Phillips: The Emerging Republican Majority", by Merlin Babogtz, n.d.
- "Polimetric Models of Voting Behavior in Congressional Elections", by John Kain and John Ries, n.d.
- "Popular Control of Government", by Francis Aumann and H. Walker 1956
- "Problems of a Growing Student Population", by Ralph Harshman 
- "Realities of Developing Student Participation in Department Policy-Making", by A.E. Lapitan 1970
- "Yield of the Fountain" by Frederick Walsh (play), n.d.
- "Report to the Bowling Green Environmental Commission", by William Peterman, n.d.
- "Sick, Sick America", by Steve Fox, 
- "Spatial Models of Party Competition", by Donald Stokes, 1962
- "The Status of Women Faculty at Bowling Green State University", by the Ad Hoc Committee on Status of Women, 1972
- "Stevenson: The 1956 Campaign", by Raymond Yeager, 1956
- "Summary of How to Win Friends and Influence People", by Sheldon Westman, n.d.
- "Survey of the Ohio Democratic Party", by Ron Rimelspach, n.d.
- "Toledo Election Survey", by Department of Political Science, 1967
- "Toledo Fair Housing Election Survey-Preliminary Report", Howard Hamilton, 1967
- "Towards a Theory of Political Attitudes in the Prediction of Voting Behavior", by Denis Sullivan, 1962
- "Two-Party Competiton and Governmental Expenditure", by John Fenton, 1962
- "Urbanism and Voter Turnout: The Case of Ohio", by Dennis Anderson, 1981
- "Urbanization and Party Competition", by John Gargan, n.d.
- "Voting Behavior in Bowling Green's May 2, 1967 Primary", by Charles Anderson, 
- "Brief History of Bowling Green", n.d.
- "Downtown Bowling Green", n.d.
- "Dow Jones in Bowling Green", n.d.
- "Electoral College Reform", n.d.
- "Evolution of American Political Parties", n.d.
- "Five Major Problems of the Spanish Republic", n.d.
- "Freedom of Communication from Censorship", n.d.
- "History of Bowling Green State University", 1940
- "In the Interest of Good Government", n.d.
- "Limping Lingers on", n.d.
- "Measurement of General Public Opinion", n.d.
- "National Campaign Finance", 
- "The National Convention", n.d.
- "1965 Campaign", 
- "Non-Partisanship of Representatives...", n.d.
- "Party Responsibility", n.d.
- "Plans", n.d.
- "A Report on Academic Freedom", n.d.
- "University-Community Relations", March 28, 1969
- Contracts, 1959-1983
- Receipts, 1943, 1969-1977
- Membership Cards, and other personal documents, 1933, 1941-1942
- Newspaper Clippings, 
- Map, City of Bowling Green, n.d.
- Destination--Berlin! 
The Black Slaves of Prussia, 1918
"The Pseudo-Conservative Revolt", from The American Scholar, vol. 24, no. 1, 1954
- "Staff Report to the Michigan Joint Legislative Committee on Reorganization of State Government," by Bob Mallas, 1951
- "An Analysis of the Administration of the Michigan Childrens Institute (part III: Conclusions and Recomendations)" by Bob Mallas, 1953
- "Political Phrasemakers in Perspective", from Southern Speech Journal, vol. 26, Fall 1960;
"Labor, the Clayton Act, and the Supreme Court", from Labor History, vol. 3, no. 1, Winter, 1962;
"John Bannister Gibson: Judicial Restraint and the Positive State", from Journal of Public Law, vol. 14, no. 1, 1965;
"Chief Justice Taft, National Regulation, and the Commerce Power", from The Journal of American History, vol. 51, no. 4, 1965;
"Reconstruction and the Supreme Court", from The Journal of Southern History, vol. 32, no. 1, 1966;
"Nasser's Search for New Order", from The Muslim World, vol. 56, no. 2, 1966;
"Relationships between Overt Behavior and Verbal Expressions...", from Dissertation Abstracts International, vol. 30, no. 8, 1970;
"Influence on an Anonymous Stranger on a Routine Decision to Act or Not to Act", from Sociological Quarterly, vol 14, Winter 1973
- "Government By Law or By Plan", from The Norwegian Weekly, n.d.;
"Loitering Along with Lazy Lefty", from The Campus Observer, n.d.
- "State of Ohio Executive Budget", 1953-1955
- News Releases, 1951, 1963, 1965, 1980
- Certificates of Appreciation, 1974-1985
- Certificates of Election/Nomination, Primary ballots, 1946, 1964-1977
- Political pamphlets, 1936, 1971-1981
- Programs, 1940, 1946
- Photographs, 1959, 1979-1981, n.d.
- City Lands and Building Committee--Minutes, 1974-1980
- City Traffic Commission--Minutes, 1975, 1980
- Park and Recreation Board--Minutes, 1974, 1977
- Sidewalk Study Committee--Minutes, 1978
- Citizen's Advisory Committee on Urban Renewal--Correspondence, Oct. 1966-Dec. 1967
- Citizen's Advisory Committee on Urban Renewal--Minutes, 1966-1967
- Citizen's Advisory Committee on Urban Renewal--Reports, [1966-1967]
- Citizen's Advisory Committee on Urban Renewal--Notes, n.d.
- Citizen's Advisory Committee on Urban Renewal--Newspaper Clippings, n.d.
- City of Bowling Green--Reports, 1970-1982
- Bowling Green State University--Faculty, n.d.
- Students and Political Freedom, 1965, 1967
- Wartime Propaganda Materials, 
- (2) Reel-to-reel recordings: "Henry Howell"; "The American Political Science Associations Seminar" 1965
- (3) Paperweights with the Seal of Bowling Green
- (1) Plate from the Political Science 490 Class of 1955
- Master of Arts, University of Virginia, 1932
- Bachelor of Arts, Hampden-Syndey College, 1931
- Certificate of Completion, University of London Summer School, 1958
- Doctor of Philosophy, The Ohio State University, 1938
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