MS 636 - Dr. Charles Barrell Papers
|Title||MS 636 - Dr. Charles Barrell Papers|
|Subject||BGSU Centennial History|
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.
|Scope and Content|
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
PERSONAL AND BUSINESS CORRESPONDENCE
STUDENTS AND POLITICAL FREEDOM
WARTIME PROPOGANDA MATERIALS
MANUSCRIPTS BY CHARLES BARRELL
MANUSCRIPTS BY OTHER AUTHORS
SCRAPBOOKS AND SCRAPBOOK MATERIALS
PHOTOGRAPHIC AND AUDIO MATERIAL