Skip to main content

Peter Bohmer Collection

Identifier: MS-0334

Scope and Contents

The Peter Bohmer Collection dates from 1964-1979 with some undated materials. The collection documents Bohmer's personal and professional life, including legal issues during his time as an assistant economics professor at San Diego State University as well as his arrest and conviction for staging a protest against the Santa Fe Railroad Company in 1972. The collection includes memos on planning for campus disruptions; Associated Student Council meeting minutes; billing information for damages done to university property during student demonstrations; numerous flyers promoting campus protests against chemical companies, military recruiting on campus, and war; publications on discrimination and rebellion; information on the campus wide strike in 1969; correspondence regarding campus resolutions, demonstrations, and university policy; university memos on disciplinary procedures for both students and faculty; newspaper clippings about The Phoenix, a student publication, being blocked from distribution; and memos and policies regarding student conduct and discipline.  The collection is arranged alphabetically.


  • 1964-1979


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.

Biographical Note

Peter Bohmer was an assistant economics professor at San Diego State University during the 1960s. During his time at SDSU, he was known for his activism, participating in many campus demonstrations. In 1971, Bohmer was charged with unprofessional conduct and eventually fired by Chancellor Glenn S. Dumke. In December of 1971, a hearing was held behind closed doors in downtown San Diego to determine Bohmer's future with the university. More than 100 people testified on Bohmer's behalf. On December 19, he was cleared of all charges. However, he was not recommended for rehire and the university President, Donald Walker, immediately called for a new set of hearing based upon new evidence. Bohmer was eventually recommended for rehire by Chancellor Dumke, but would never work at SDSU again.

In 1972, Bohmer was arrested and convicted of staging a protest against the Santa Fe Railroad in Del Mar, CA. He and several others placed timber on the railroad tracks, setting fire to it in order to protest the railroad's practice of shipping war materials through San Diego. He was sentenced to Chino State Prison and ordered to undergo psychological observation for 90 days. After his release from prison, Bohmer left California. He returned to MIT to finish his doctorate. He later went to Pennsylvania State University for further studies. He eventually moved to Washington where he taught public administration. He also married and had 3 children.


1.76 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Accruals and Additions

1983, 1986, 1989

Related Materials

Radical Ephemera and Underground Publications Collection

University Senate Records

Associated Students Records

Harold Keen Papers

Related Publications

Advise and Dissent: LD705.8 .A3

Phoenix: PS508.C6 P3

Daily Aztec: LH1.C3 S316

Peter Bohmer Collection
Jennifer Hollander
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego CA 92182-8050 US