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John R. Hildebrand papers

Identifier: UA-17.440

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of papers related to Hildebrand's case including proceedings, exhibits, decision, and appeal.


  • Creation: 1969 - 1977


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

John R. Hildebrand was a tenure track faculty member in the Department of Social Science at Michigan State University. In 1969, the University did not renew his contract. Hildebrand sued the University for reinstatement and punitive damages, alleging the University violated his constitutional rights, stating that the actual reason for his dismissal was his involvement in faculty labor groups. In 1970, Hildebrand lost his suit. With the backing of the American Association of University Professors, Hildebrand appealed this decision. In 1977, he lost the appeal.


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Custodial History

Gift of John R. Hildebrand.

Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Processing Information

Changed record group from 00122 to UA 17.440 to reflect Hildebrand's connection to Michigan State University. December 2019.



John R. Hildebrand Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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