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Wayne State University Office of the Vice President for University Relations George E. Gullen Records

Identifier: WSR000232
This collection consists primarily of correspondence within the university about university policies and general administrative duties, as well as meeting minutes and administrative reports. This collection also notably contains information about students of color, primarily African American students, at Wayne State University during that time period, including publications, statistics, and general data about students and faculty.

Additionally, this collection includes some correspondence about the War Crimes Trial conducted by students in response to the Vietnam War. Many community members spoke out against President Keast and Vice President Gullen for allowing the students to conduct their mock trial on campus. The correspondence contains some of the letters from community members and protest materials both for and against the trial, as well as the letters crafted in response to people by Vice President Gullen.

This collection also covers the outcry against the South End student newspaper in the late 1960s. Some community members and other publications began to speak out against the publication because they felt that the newspaper was breaching its intended scope and becoming radicalized because the reporters were covering events outside of Wayne State University. The folders contain some of the letters and articles speaking out against the South End, as well as Vice President Gullen’s initial response to the issue.

Important Subjects: African American college students School newspapers Student organizations Vietnam War, 1961-1975 – Protest movements – United States

Important Names: Detroit – Mich Gullen, George E., 1915-1982 Keast, William R. The South End Wayne State University


  • 1963 - 1972
  • Majority of material found within 1967 - 1971


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.


6 Linear Feet (6 SB)


George E. Gullen, an alumnus of Wayne State University, served for ten years as the Vice President of American Motors Corporation. Gullen rejoined Wayne State University in 1966 when he was appointed Vice President of University Relations, during which William R. Keast was the president of the university. Gullen later served as the acting president of the university, and he was officially appointed president in 1972, a title he kept until 1978. Both Keast and Gullen served on the administration of the university during a particularly turbulent time period in Detroit history, including the civil unrest of 1967 and the early stages of a quick economic decline in the city.


Materials in the collection are grouped by subject and arranged chronologically thereunder.


Donated to Reuther Library by George E. Gullen on August 24, 1972.

Related Materials

Wayne State University Centennial Commission Minutes

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Meghan McGowan on November 18, 2014.
Guide to the Wayne State University Office of the Vice President for University Relations George E. Gullen Records
Processed by Meghan McGowan.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA