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Out of Chaos Project Materials. Collection, 2005.

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Out of Chaos Project Materials. Collection, 2005.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 255



Out of Chaos Project Materials. SMHC Manuscript Collection 255. 1 Hollinger box and ½ Hollinger box, 0.75 cubic foot.

Abstract:

The Out of Chaos Project Materials collection contains materials related to the creation of Out of Chaos: Reflections of a University President and his Contemporaries on Vietnam-era Unrest in Mankato and its Relevance Today by James F. Nickerson. The primary focus of the book is May 1972. The collection consists of research materials generated as part of the writing of the book. It includes: written accounts of the events in Nickerson’s book, audio interviews with those who contributed to the project, CDs with transcripts of the audio interviews, and drafts of portions of the book.

Biographical Note:

James F. Nickerson earned his bachelors of science in education in 1932 from Nebraska Weslyan University. In 1940 he earned his masters of arts degree in music education from Columbia University Teacher’s College, and in 1964 he earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Throughout his higher education, Nickerson taught high school and college music. In 1946, he joined the faculty of the University of Kansas, where he taught until 1953 when he moved to San Diego, California to conduct research in sound and communication for the Naval Electronics Laboratory and serve as a visiting professor at San Diego State University.

Later that year, Dr. Nickerson became the Bozeman Dean of Education, director of summer session and chair of the Department of Psychology at Montana State University. Ten years later, in 1964, he was named academic vice president at North Dakota State University.

In 1966, Dr. Nickerson was named president of Mankato State College. Under his leadership, the College reached a record enrollment of 14,000 students; sixth-year programs were authorized; the first specialist degrees were awarded; and Trafton Science Center and an addition to the Centennial Student Union were completed on the upper campus. He was later named a Distinguished Professor within the Minnesota State College System. Dr. Nickerson resigned his presidency in 1973. That same year, he was asked by the pentagon to establish the four-year Servicemen’s Opportunity Colleges consortium. After two months in Washington, D.C. as interim director, he accepted the permanent directorship and remained in that position until 1982 when he began to accept various contracts by the Department of Defense to evaluate higher education opportunities for military personnel. Under his leadership, the SOC affected major policy changes on college campuses throughout the nation to better accommodate service members. During his time in Washington, Dr. Nickerson sang with the Washington, D.C. Chorale Arts Society under various directors including Dimitri Rostropovich, Robert Shaw, and Leonard Bernstein.

In 1981, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for outstanding public service in recognition of the SOC’s accomplishments. In the same year, the American Associate of State Colleges and /universities established the James F. Nickerson Medal of Merit, which is awarded periodically to public leaders, educators and representatives of the armed services who have contributed significantly to advancing the national interest through advocacy of and dedication to the expansion of voluntary education opportunities
for military personnel.

Biography from Out of Chaos: Reflections of a University President and His Contemporaries on Vietnam-Era Unrest in Mankato and Its Relevance Today by James F. Nickerson

Dr. Nickerson passed away in Mankato, Minnesota on March 6, 2009 at the age of 98.
Minnesota State University Mankato, http://www.mnsu.edu/news/read/?id=1236383555&paper=topstories

Scope and Content:

The Out of Chaos Project Materials collection consists of research materials generated as part of the writing of the book. It includes: written accounts of the events in Nickerson’s book, President Nickerson’s own written notes, audio interviews with those who contributed to the project, CDs with transcripts of the audio interviews, and drafts of portions of the book. The collection is split into two series.

Audio Materials Series:
As part of the book research, discussion sessions were hosted by President James Nickerson and facilitated by Ann Fee, Integrated Marketing and book editor. The discussions were with former colleagues and students, recounting their experiences during the Vietnam Era at Mankato State College and discussing the current day effects of those experiences. Each session lasted about two hours. All of the sessions contain transcripts and are included.

Written Materials Series:
Among the written materials are notes by President Nickerson, his personal comments on materials as well as letters and correspondences during the project. The majority of the written materials series are “memories” of individuals who were involved in the 1972 protests. These memories are included in the book in the contributions section. These memories were contributed in email and letter formats. Additionally, there are copies of newspaper clippings from the Vietnam era in Mankato collected by Carl Egan as a student and sent to President Nickerson for this project.

Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Out of Chaos Project Materials. Collection, 2005. SMHC Manuscript Collection 255, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Acquisition:

Ann Fee donated this collection in February 2008.

Processed By:

David J. Nichols processed this collection in February 2016.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about the Out of Chaos Project Materials available elsewhere.

Related Collections at MSU:

President's Office. Collection, 1867-Ongoing. MSU Archives Collection 13, University Archives, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

University General Records. Collection, 1868-Ongoing. MSU Archives Collection 12, University Archives, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Mankato State University
Mankato State College
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Nickerson, James F.
Protest movements.
Vietnam War (1961-1975)
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Protest movements - Minnesota - Mankato - Personal narratives.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - Protest movements - Minnesota - Mankato - Chronology.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 255Box Folder
Audio Materials Series
Nickerson Interview Session 1, Hours 1 and 2 on CD, 2005, (James Nickerson, John(?), H. Roger Smith, Ann Fee)11
Nickerson Interview Session 1, Hours 1 and 2 Transcript, 200512
Nickerson Interview Session 2 on CD, 2005, (James Nickerson, H. Roger Smith, Charles Mundale, Ann Fee, Kathy (Musinbaum?), Everett)13
Nickerson Interview Session 2, Transcript, 200514
Nickerson Interview Session 3, Hours 1 and 2 on CD, 2005, (Disc 1: James Nickerson, H. Roger Smith, Paul Hadley; Disc 2: James Nickerson, H. Roger Smith, Paul Hadley, Ann Fee, David Cowan ) 15
Nickerson Interview Session 3, Hours 1 and 2 Transcript, 200516
Nickerson Interview Session 4, Hours 1 and 2 on CD, 2005, (Disc 1: James Nickerson, David Cowan, H. Roger Smith, Curt Fisher, Mark Halverson; Disc 2: James Nickerson, Curt Fisher, H. Roger Smith, Mark Halverson, Paul Hadley, Ann Fee)17
Nickerson Interview Session 4, Hours 1 and 2 Transcript, 200518
Nickerson Interview Session 5, Hours 1 and 2 on CD, 2005, (Disc 1: James Nickerson, H. Roger Smith, Judy Mans, Paul Hadley, Helen Walters; Disc 2: James Nickerson, H. Roger Smith, Judy Mans, Paul Hadley)19
Nickerson Interview Session 5, Hours 1 and 2 Transcript, 2005110
Nickerson Interview Session 6, Hours 1 and 2 on CD, 2005, (Disc 1: James Nickerson, Roger Larson, Paul Hadley, Kent Alm, Kent S; Disc 2: James Nickerson, Roger Larson, Paul Hadley, Paul Meyer)111
Nickerson Interview Session 6, Hours 1 and 2 Transcript, 2005112
Nickerson Interview Session 7, Hours 1 and 2 on CD, 2005, (Disc 1: James Nickerson, Mehr Shahidi, Scott Hageback, Dave Boyce; Disc 2: James Nickerson, Roger Larson, Dave Phelps, Mehr Shahidi, Scott Hageback, Dave Boyce)113
Nickerson Interview Session 7, Hours 1 and 2 Transcript, 2005114
Written Materials SeriesBox Folder
Carl Egan Letters and Newspaper Clippings, 1966-1970Oversize1
Carl Egan Newspaper Clipping, 1970Oversize2
Front Matter and Notes, 2005118
Larry Spencer/Mark Hall Interview Session Transcript, 2005, (James Nickerson, Dave Boyce, Mark Halverson, H. Roger Smith)23
Lorraine Cuddy Interview Transcript, July 27, 2005, (James Nickerson, Lorraine Cuddy)21
Memories CD (Nickerson history Project Compiled 10-28-05.doc)28
Mike Fagin Interview Session Transcript, July 25, 2005, (James Nickerson, Mike Fagin, Helen (Walters?))24
Nickerson Project "Memories" A-F, 2005 (Timeline, Kent Alm, Eddice Barker, Dave Boyce, Robert Brown, Harold Burch, Ronnie Burton, G. Merf Cansler, Benjamin Carey, Florence Cobb, Cathy Collier, Lorraine Cuddy, Mary Dooley, Dean Doyscher, Carl Egan, Claire Faust)115
Nickerson Project "Memories" G-Sha, 2005 (Don Glines, Paul Hadley, Arnoldus Gruter, Tom Hagen, John Hodowanic, Bryce Lindsay, Chuck Lofy, Judy Mans, Lee Nordgren, Dwayne Peterson, Dan Quinlin, Beth Sageng, Louis Schwartzkopf, Ruth Schwickert, Mehr Shahidi)116
Nickerson Project "Memories" Shr-Z, 2005 (Scott Shrewsbury, H. Roger Smith, Lee Snilsberg, Larry Spencer, Don Strasser, George and Nadine Sugden, Linda Cobb Thompson, Edgar Twedt, Truman Wood, Ron Yezzi, Jan Young, Jerome Zuckerman, 117
Nickerson Project "Nickerson Notes", 200525
Transcripts and Book Draft CD (JFN 10-14-05)26
Transcripts and Memories CD (History Project Nickerson-Memories Compiled 12/8/05)27
Vietnam Discussion Transcript, July 20, 2005, (Larry Spencer, Carolyn Thompson, Mark Halverson, H. Roger Smith, Dave Boyce, Kathy Musinbaum)22