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UA 047 - Political Science Department Records, 1975-2010

Records of the Political Science Department at Bowling Green State University.

Duplication of materials in this collection is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. No restrictions exist on the use of this collection. As described in the Visiting Researcher Application Form, researchers using this collection assume full responsibility for conforming to the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright.

MS 26 - Charles F. Kurfess Papers

The Charles F. Kurfess Collection was donated to the Center for Archival Collections in 1980 by Charles F. Kurfess, a long-time representative to the Ohio General Assembly from northwest Ohio.  Over 150 linear feet of correspondence, committee minutes, clippings, press releases, and publications covering Kurfess' political career from 1956 through 1980, including his service as Speaker of the House and candidate for Governor in 1978.

The collection was processed and the finding aid prepared by Lee N. McLaird, Curator of Rare Books & Special Collections.

The collection consists of the files generated while Charles Kurfess served in the Ohio General Assembly from 1957 - 1978. It also documents his activities as a candidate for the House of Representatives, Governor, and judge. Consequently there were office files created for his northwest Ohio office as well as his Columbus office. The original condition of these files reflect different systems used by office staff and for different purposes, though it appears that both staff and purposes often overlapped between Kurfess’ official files as a legislator and those generated as a candidate. As Speaker of the House and later Minority Leader, Kurfess and his office generated other files dealing with the business of the state legislature as an entity. Records from special committees dealing with the Public Improvements Inspection Committee, the Kent State Shootings, and Reapportionment, as well as regular committee assignments can be found. There is also some material dealing with the resignation of BGSU President Ralph McDonald. Legislators are assisted in their work by government offices including the Legislative Budget Office and the Legislative Service Office, which generate their own reports and correspondence. Constituent correspondence and service is also an important factor, with files originally arranged by subject. As a veteran legislator, Kurfess dealt with many of the same subjects repeatedly over the years and there appears to have been no particular effort to close out files from one biennium to the next, but to maintain a continuity in the office, retiring files from active use as space was needed. As a legislative leader in a populous state, Kurfess was also active in national organizations for such individuals, which emphasized education, training, professional contacts and coordinated planning, as well as on regional environmental concerns, such as the Legislative Commission (committee?) on Lake Erie. Finally, as a party leader, the campaign files reveal the increasing complexity of running for office in the third quarter of the twentieth century. Kurfess generated files as an individual candidate (of particular interest are those kept during his run for Governor in 1977-1978), and as coordinator of Republican campaigns for legislature. Party correspondence, memoranda, and training information are also found in this collection.

More information on the collection is in preparation.


PCL MS 118 Michael Bowen Collection

Michael Bowen is a lawyer and author of numerous mystery books. He has written the Thomas and Sandy mystery series, Richard Michaelson and Marjorie Randolph mystery series, and Rep and Melissa Pennyworth mystery series, as well as 3 other novels. He has also contributed to law journals and The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing.

The Bowen Collection of .4 linear feet consists of 2 versions of the manuscript Badger Game. This manuscript was donated to Bowling Green State University in March 1990. The collection has no restrictions placed upon its use for scholarly purposes. Researchers are responsible for securing copyright permission when using all unpublished manuscripts and published works.

This finding aid was prepared by Patty Falk in September 2011.

MS 281 - Hancock County Republican Scrapbooks Hancock County, Ohio

The Hancock County Republican collection features newspaper articles in scrapbooks that highlight the activities of the Hancock County Republican Women and other groups including Central and Executive Committees of Hancock County Republicans, and the Hancock County Young Republican’s Club.

The collection materials were donated by the Hancock Co. Republican Women’s former president, Mae Guyer on April 7, 1983.

No restrictions exist on the research use of this collection and duplication is permitted for research purposes. The collection was arranged and described by graduate student archival assistant Joan Eardly in December, 2013.


MS 1168 mf - John M. Ashbrook

Diaries, 1952-1982 Daily entries, personal and professional, of a US Congressman, representing the 17th Ohio Congressional District (1960-1982) Permission required from Ashland University for any copies of the microfilm other than paper.


MS 1167 mf - William Albert Ashbrook (1867-1940)

Diaries, 1886-1939 Daily entries, personal and professional, of a US Congressman, representing the 17th Ohio Congressional District (1907-1921) Permission required from Ashland University for any copies of the microfilm other than paper.


MS 204 mf - Samuel Milton Jones (1846-1904)

Papers, 1896-1904. Toledo, Ohio Papers held by the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library of prominent Toledo politician and progressive reformer. Microfilm