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James Zarichny collection

Identifier: UA-10.3.284

Scope and Content

The collection consists of the document "The Case Against James Zarichny." James Zarichny attended Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) and was placed on disciplinary probation for being involved in the American Youth for Democracy (AYD) organization. The AYD had applied to be a recognized student organization but was denied. The members of the organization continued to meet for which they were placed on disciplinary probation when this was discovered by the college. Zarichny was one of the members and as punishment was banned from extra-curricular activities.

Later, he was found to be in contempt of his probation because he continued to be involved in extra-curricular organizations, including the “Ingham County Civil Rights Committee,” which arranged for Communist Party members to speak at the People’s Church in East Lansing. Zarichny contested the decision based on grounds that his civil rights had been violated. MSU responded that Zarichny had violated his probation due to his involvement in extra-curriculars, not his political views. The document in the collection outlines the details of the case.


  • 1949

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.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Related Materials

See also:

Stanley Edwin Crowe papers (UA 17.61). James Zarichny Expulsion, 1948 – 1949 (Box: 5634, Folder: 12)

John A. Hannah papers (UA 2.1.12). Disciplinary Cases - James Zarichny, 1949 (Box: 66, Folder: 37).

Vice President for University Relations records (UA 8). James Zarichny Case. Investigation, Undated (Box: 403, Folder: 14).

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.

James Zarichny Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US