Finding aid prepared by Amanda Mardis
Alvin Goldman papers
University of Kentucky Special Collections
The collection is arranged by subject in two series.
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
2009UA028 : [identification of item], Alvin Goldman papers, 1969-1972, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
0.44 Cubic feet
Steve Bright was the Student Government President at the University of Kentucky during the 1970-1971 academic year. During that time, UK students held various protests about social and political issues. On May 6-7, 1970, one particular protest against U.S. troops being sent to Cambodia and the recent deaths of Kent State students led to the burning of an ROTC building. Governor Nunn then declared the University of Kentucky campus in a state of emergency and called for National Guardsmen and state police to inhabitat campus to maintain order. On May 7, what was viewed as illegal assemblies of student protestors led to the arrest of several students, including Steve Bright for disorderly conduct. Steve Bright later filed suit against the Commonwealth of Kentucky for his arrest.
Lewis Colten was a student at the University of Kentucky, when in 1970, after Mrs. Richard Nixon left the Lexington Airport, he was accused of causing a traffic disturbance by pulling over when a friend was pulled over by police for expired tags. He was asked to leave, and when he did not, was arrested for disorderly conduct. Colten testified that police used unwarranted force agaianst him while being arrested. The case went through the Fayette County Circuit Court, Court of Appeals of Kentucky, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Alvin L. Goldman graduated from Columbia University and the New York University of Law. He was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow and worked for the NYU Law Review. Goldman also worked for Parker Chapin & Flattau, and then became a Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky in 1965. Goldman is the author of several books and is currently the Secretary-Treasurer of the U.S. Branch of the International Society for Labor and Social Security Law. (Source: UK College of Law Faculty website)
The College of Law Papers contain one box of materials from 1969-1972, relating to two different court cases headed by Professor Alvin L. Goldman, among others. The court cases consist of Steve Bright vs. Commonwealth of Kentucky and Lewis Colten vs. Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The Steve Bright v. Commonwealth of Kentucky series contains materials relating to Bright's court case and the protests that occured on UK's campus on May 6-7, 1970. Papers include court proceedings, affidavits and witness testimonies, correspondence concerning the court case and its developments, UK Intra-Campus Correspondence about the protests on May 6-7, a student report by Scott Wendelsdorf (successor to Bright), and a page from the University of Kentucky directory with pictures during those two days.
The Lewis Colten v. Commonwealth of Kentucky series contains material relating to Colten's court case where he was accused of disorderly conduct. Papers include court proceedings from the Fayette Circuit Court, Court of Appeals of Kentucky, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Papers also include correspondence about the trials, papers on James Thomas Bell's trial, and other court cases on disorderly conduct.
Steve Bright v. Commonwealth of Kentucky series includes papers from the court proceedings and the student protests of May 6-7, 1970. Papers inlcude court proceedings, affidavits and witness testimonies, newspaper articles, and correspondence. The series also includes a student report by Scott Wendelsdorf and a University of Kentucky directory page with pictures of arrests being made during those two days.
Lewis Colten v. Commonwealth of Kentucky series contains papers relating to the various court cases associated with it. Included are papers from the Circuit Court of Fayette County, Court of Appeals of Kentucky, and the U.S. Supreme Court. The series also contains correspondence, papers from the James Thomas Bell case, and other cases on disorderly conduct.