Guide to the Housing and Residence Life Perham Hall Bombing Files 1979-1980
Archives 362

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Housing and Residence Life Perham Hall Bombing Files
ID
Archives 362
Date [inclusive]
1979-1980
Extent
1.0 box
General Physical Description note
.25 linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
Clippings, insurance documentation, ‘thank you” letters, and other small documents relating to a suicide by dynamite in WSU’s Perham Hall in 1979.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Housing and Residence Life Perham Hall Bombing Files, 1979-1980 (Archives 362)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

On December 18, 1979, the former boyfriend of a resident of WSU’s Perham Hall came to WSU and demanded to see his girlfriend. When she proved unavailable, the man detonated an explosive on Perham’s fifth floor, killing himself, injuring two police officers, and causing significant damage to the floor.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of miscellaneous documents created in the few months after the explosion and retained in WSU Housing Offices. They primarily consist of newspaper clippings, documentation of damaged items, and “thank you” letters, and well as a small set of other items.

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Arrangement note

The collection is organized into subject files, arranged alphabetically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The files in this collection were transferred to the Washington State University Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections on May 23rd, 2016 from WSU’s Housing and Residence Life, and retained as UA 2016-06.

Processing Information note

The papers were processed by University Archivist Mark O’English in June of 2016.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Other places where documents related to the Perham bombing can be found include President Glenn Terrell’s Papers (Archives 207, Box 5, Folder 241); Resident Living Department Papers (Archives 252, Box 3, Folders 74-75); and the Hilltopics Photographs Collection (PC 123, Box 14, Folder 1). Smaller set of records exist in other places as well.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington State University -- History

Subject(s)

  • Bombings -- Investigations
  • Colleges and Universities.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Floor residents 1979-1980 

1 1

Insurance claims & damage recovery 1979-1980 

1 2

Miscellaneous single documents 1979-1980 

1 3

Newspaper Clippings 1979 

1 4

"Thank you" letters 1979-1980 

1 5