Title of Collection

Randy Hall Collection, 1920-1950


Randy Hall

Document Type

Finding Aid

Publication Date


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Scope and Content Note

This collection includes newspaper clippings from the 1950s when students went on strike at Freed-Hardeman (which eventually led to N.B. Hardeman stepping down as president). Also included are copies of letters and a telegram regarding of the event.

Donor Note

Randy Hall


This collection is arranged in two series: I. Newspaper Clippings, 2. Correspondence

Content List

Materials are arranged into five folders. Folder 1: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) Newspaper Clippings: 1. Students, Faculty Members ‘Strike’ At Freed-Hardeman; Feb. 21, 1950 2. Students ‘Sit-It-Out’ As Board Deliberates: Report On Hardeman Charges is Demanded: ‘If He Stays Then We Go’; Feb. 22, 1950 – by William Boozer 3. Students Win Strike At Freed-Hardeman: Trustees Instruct President To Apologize: He Will Resign Office; Feb. 23, 1950 – by William Boozer 4. Hardeman’s Apology Delayed At College: To Be Made, With Students’ Defense, Today: Classes Are Resumed; Feb. 24, 1950 – by William Boozer 5. ‘I’m Not Retiring Yet,’ Testy Hardeman Says: Longtime College President Pays Visit To Memphis: Won’t Discuss ‘Strike’; Mar. 6, 1950 – by John Carruth 6. Enrolment is Down At Freed-Hardeman: 75 Fewer Students After College ‘Strike’: All Faculty Remains; March 10, 1950 – by William Boozer 7. Board Airs Problems At Freed-Hardeman: 11-Hour Closed Session Is Held At College; Letter Gets Attention; March 30, 1950 – by William Boozer 8. New Walkout Voted At Freed-Hardeman: Students Decide to Go Home Until Quarrel With Head Of College Clears; March, 31, 1950 – by William Boozer 9. Six Teachers Resign At Freed-Hardeman: Others Quit As Student Vote To Go Home Apparently Dooms College; April 1, 1950 10. Dr. Hardeman Balks At Resignation Plea: Classes At College To Resume This Morning: Row Outcome Uncertain; April 3, 1950 – by William Boozer 11. Dehoff Will Resign At Freed-Hardeman: Vice President To Quit Today As Trustees Arrive: Faculty Has Lost Nine; April 11, 1950 – by William Boozer Folder 2: Correspondence: “I Saw Freed-Hardeman Killed By Traitors” – Crittenden, J.T. Student Committee (composed of Bob Atkinson, Charles Andrews, and Bob Hartman) Folder 3: Correspondence: Copy of N.B. Hardeman’s letter to Mr. Billy Nicks, March 1, 1950 with responses Folder 4: Correspondence: “A.G. Freed’s Answer to N.B. Hardeman’s Writings to Committee of Brethren, June 21, 1927” Folder 5: Telegram: Two telegrams or wire reports concerning the strike at Freed-Hardeman College. These are probably AP reports, and probably should be dated 22 and 24 February 1950.


Freed-Hardeman College



Extent of Collection

5 Folders (Housed in Small Manuscripts Filing Cabinet)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #298

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Use Restrictions

Open to researchers. Contact Milliken Special Collections to make an appointmen

Processing Status


Finding Aid created by

ACU Staff, Audrey Schaffner

Subjects--Personal Names

Hardeman, N.B.; DeHoff, George W.; Whitt, R.L.; Atkinson, Bob; Andrews, Charles; Hartman, Robert; Wrinkle, Carroll; Yeldell, Clifford; Nicks, Billy; Anderson, John W.; Boozer, William; Carruth, John; Hardeman, Joe; Freed, A.G.


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