Guide to the Papers of Kenneth A. MacDonald, 1969 - 1994Manuscript MS-1127

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Kenneth A. MacDonald, 1969 - 1994

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1127

Collection Dates:

1969 - 1994

Size of Collection:

1 Box (.50 linear ft.)

Abstract:

Kenneth MacDonald, lawyer. Born in 1917. Dartmouth College Class of 1939. Papers document his perspective and involvement as a DC alumnus and lawyer representing several Dartmouth students prosecuted after the spring 1969 takeover of Parkhurst Hall, including correspondence, copies of newspapers and magazines, notes, official college statements and press releases and a copy of the official court transcript of the students' hearings.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

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Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Kenneth MacDonald document his perspective and involvement as a DC alumnus and lawyer representing several Dartmouth students prosecuted after the spring 1969 takeover of Parkhurst Hall. They include correspondence, copies of newspapers and magazines, notes, official college statements and press releases, a copy of the official court transcript of the students' hearings, and official college guides and statements on discipline, standing, and conduct. Public records of the events and individuals' and the general public reaction are also included. Of note is MacDonald's correspondence with history professor Harry N. Scheiber, who offers one "unofficial" viewpoint of the events from a faculty member's point of view.

Biography

Kenneth Alton MacDonald was born on Oct. 30, 1917, in Cambridge, Ma. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1939, and from Harvard Law School in 1942. In 1953, he founded the law firm of MacDonald, Hoague and Bayless. He is a member and past president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, the National Board of Trustees of Antioch University, the School of Social Work at the University of Washington and a member of the Washington State Bar Association. He also worked as an adjunct professor at the Seattle University School of Law. In 1969, he attended his thirtieth reunion at Dartmouth College when he became involved in the infamous student takeover protest of Parkhurst Hall (May 6-7, 1969). MacDonald rose to the challenge of defending four of the 56 participating students - specifically Guy F. Brandenburg, William Geller, David H. Green, and Neville K. Mody who faced New Hampshire civil court trials as well as College Committee on Standing and Conduct hearings. As a practicing attorney, MacDonald volunteered to represent these four students. He remained active in the case and its aftermath for decades following the incident and trial.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Parkhurst Hall Takeover, 1969-1994

Correspondence, copies of newspapers and magazines, notes, official college statements and press releases, official college guides and statements on discipline, standing, and conduct, as well as public records related to the spring 1969 takeover of Parkhurst Hall.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Dates: 1969-1994

Contains materials relating to Kenneth MacDonald's perspective and involvement as a lawyer representing Dartmouth students prosecuted after the spring 1969 takeover of Parkhurst Hall. They include correspondence, copies of The Dartmouth, the Dartmouth Review, the Valley News, and the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine; newspaper clippings; official statements from the College, background article research, testimonies and court notes; public and personal documentation of the events during the students' trials and campus officials' reactions to the events; press releases and official statements to the Dartmouth community; a copy of the official court transcript of the students' hearings; a record of official and journalistic reactions to the events leading up to the Parkhurst takeover; and official college guides and statements on discipline, standing, and conduct.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

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