MS 1134 - Julian & Janice Bulley Papers (Bulley Peace Archive)
|Title||MS 1134 - Julian & Janice Bulley Papers (Bulley Peace Archive)|
The papers of the Julian and Janice Bulley Family consists of 6 linear ft. of minor correspondence, memo books, news clippings, subject files, and printed material related to family involvement in civil rights, social activist, and anti-war movements of the period of the late 1960s through the 1970s. The donation and transfer of these records to the Center for Archival Collections was arranged on December 3, 2009 through the cooperation of Joanne Bulley.
No restrictions exist on the use of this collection. Duplication is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. The register was compiled by Marilyn Levinson, Curator of Manuscripts in February 2010.
The Julian and Janice Bulley family consisted of parents Julian and Janice Bulley, with their three children, Joel, Joanne, and Jessica. As individuals with strongly held liberal social and political beliefs, each was active to some degree in the major movements of the decade of the 1960s and beyond.
Julian Bulley, born in 1923, was originally from Toledo, Ohio, where his father, Roy Bulley founded the Toledo Pipe Organ Company. Julian followed in this career as well, both in Toledo and later in Dayton, and in that capacity was involved in the installation, repair, or restoration of pipe organs around the country.
Having received degrees in science and engineering from the University of Toledo and University of Michigan, Julian was a part-time lecturer in physics at the University of Toledo until 1951 when he fell victim to unspecified charges during the McCarthy era and was dismissed. Details of that incident and the later founding of what would become the Northwest Ohio chapter of the ACLU can be found in Bulley topical files in the NWO-ACLU collection (MS-169). Although he later returned to UT in 1960 to lecture in mathematics, Bulley was occupied in the interim with American Friends Service Committee in Chicago. His involvement with Quaker programming also extended into the later 1960s when he moved to Dayton, Ohio where he served as the Peace Education Secretary for the AFSC. During that period he was also active in the Dayton Chapter of the ACLU, eventually serving as president.
In addition to his Friends/Quaker association, both Julian and his wife Janice were members of the First Unitarian Church, in Toledo, with their involvement in activities of that congregation represented in the collection in the form of material on the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for Social Justice, in the church newsletter, Toledo Unitarian, and also in issues of the national periodical, Fellowship. Janice Bulley’s notations in the calendars and steno books also attest to the level of her involvement. While the children in the Bulley family are not as well represented in the holdings, there is a scattering of items associated with Joel (primarily in the form of correspondence with someone named Robin), and with Jessica and Joanne’s school papers.
|Scope and Content|
The Bulley Family papers represent a snapshot view of the interests and activities of a Toledo, Ohio family involved in various liberal, religious, and social issues of the 1960s into the 1970s, including aspects of the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, and local/national politics.
Personal correspondence is limited in the collection, with the most extensive series being the letters between Joel Bulley and a friend, Robin. Of the series of scattered correspondence a majority of items are letters related to political opinion (including form response letters from various politicians contacted by the Bulleys), social activist events, or local politics. Although hinted at in some of the minor correspondence there is very little related to Bulley’s career as a builder/restorer of pipe organs or the Toledo Pipe Organ Company in the collection.
The involvement of Julian Bulley with the Dayton Chapter of the ACLU is represented by several folders, including minor correspondence, minutes and memos of meetings, and references to some of the types of requests and cases undertaken by the organization in the Dayton area. Files associated with Bulley’s situation with the University of Toledo during the 1950s and the establishment of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union can be found in the collection of that organization (MS-169)
Topical folders include a variety of materials, including notes, clippings, and printed items related to areas of interest to the Bulleys. As with many other series in the collection, there is a personal component in the form of highlighting of text that was of particular interest or note.
Although a large segment of the collection consists of compilations of printed material (largely clippings arranged both in chronological groupings and by topic) there is enough of a personal view of the activities of Julian and Janice to get a picture of the options and participation of the entire family.
The steno pads and various spiral notebooks in the collection offer almost a day-to-day schedule of activities ranging from school and extracurricular interests of the children (Joel, Joanne, and Jessica), organizing volunteers, carpools to attending rallies or events, and other activities of members of the Bulley family.
The books in the collection as well as the serial titles received by the family gives a good indication of the breadth of their interests. Mass market periodical titles (such as Time and Newsweek) that were also held in the BGSU library were transferred out of the collection, but more limited or specialized periodicals have been retained in the printed material series and are listed by title in the inventory.
This collection is a fine resource to the issues and activities of the Civil Rights and later Peace Movement and related anti-war material of the Vietnam era from a personal and local perspective. It also serves to highlight that protests and involvement during the period were not just confined to college campuses, but also to people in all walks of life.
CORRESPONDENCE - JULIAN BULLEY (PERSONAL/WORK)
CORRESPONDENCE - JOEL BULLEY
CORRESPONDENCE - MISCELLANEOUS
ACLU (DAYTON CHAPTER) FILES
SCRAPBOOKS AND SCRAPBOOK MATERIALS
NEWS CLIPPINGS - PASTED ON SHEETS
NEWS CLIPPINGS - LOOSE