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Collection Number: 05329

Collection Title: Thomas M. Bello Papers, 1970-1971

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 700 items)
Abstract Thomas Michael Bello (Tommy) was born in Raleigh, N.C. From March 1970 to March 1971, he was the student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In May 1970, campus life was disrupted by student unrest over the war in Vietnam and specifically the killing of four students at Kent State University. Bello was instrumental in guiding the student body and communicating with the faculty and administration during this time. The collection contains writings, correspondence, campus communications, campaign materials, and other items relating to Thomas M. Bello's tenure as student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Materials chiefly concern student unrest on campus in May 1970 relating to the United States involvement in Vietnam. Also included are some of Bello's class materials, an unassembled scrapbook of clippings documenting Bello's tenure as student body president, newspaper articles and other publications such as the National Strike Information Center (Brandeis University) newsletter, and a typed copy of Bello's speech to the student body during a campus-wide protest on 6 May 1970.
Creator Bello, Thomas M.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Thomas M. Bello Papers #5329, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Thomas M. Bello in April 2007 (Acc. 100642).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Thomas Michael Bello (Tommy) was born in Raleigh, N.C. From March 1970 to March 1971, he was the student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In May of 1970, campus life was disrupted by student unrest over the war in Vietnam and specifically the killing of four students at Kent State University. Bello was instrumental in guiding the student body and communicating with the faculty and administration during this time.

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The collection contains writings, correspondence, campus communications, campaign materials, and other items relating to Thomas M. Bello's tenure as student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Materials chiefly concern student unrest on campus in May 1970 relating to the United States involvement in the Vietnam War. Also included are some of Bello's class materials, an unassembled scrapbook of clippings documenting Bello's tenure as student body president, newspaper articles and other publications such as the National Strike Information Center (Brandeis University) newsletter, and a typed copy of Bello's speech to the student body during a campus-wide protest on 6 May 1970.

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Contents list

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About 700 items.

Arrangement: by type of material.

Where possible, Bello's file folder labels have been retained.

Folder 1

Speech, 6 May 1970 #05329, Series: "Papers, 1970-1971." Folder 1

Folder 2

Correspondence #05329, Series: "Papers, 1970-1971." Folder 2

Folder 3-4

Folder 3

Folder 4

Changaris report #05329, Series: "Papers, 1970-1971." Folder 3-4

Annotated draft copy of "Confrontation '70: a study of campus unrest," an account of the events of the spring of 1970 by David Changaris, a classmate of Thomas M. Bello.

Folder 5

Congressional information #05329, Series: "Papers, 1970-1971." Folder 5

Information compiled by Thomas M. Bello on state and federal government issues in the spring of 1970.

Folder 6

Constructive action #05329, Series: "Papers, 1970-1971." Folder 6

Student body president communications.

Folder 7

Faculty #05329, Series: "Papers, 1970-1971." Folder 7

Materials compiled by Thomas M. Bello relating to faculty response to student unrest.

Folder 8-12

Folder 8

Folder 9

Folder 10

Folder 11

Folder 12

Notes, drafts of speeches, clippings, and campus communications regarding student protests in May 1970. #05329, Series: "Papers, 1970-1971." Folder 8-12

Folder 13

Class materials #05329, Series: "Papers, 1970-1971." Folder 13

Folder 14

Class notebook #05329, Series: "Papers, 1970-1971." Folder 14

Folder 15-18

Folder 15

Folder 16

Folder 17

Folder 18

Unassembled scrapbook #05329, Series: "Papers, 1970-1971." Folder 15-18

Clippings and other materials relating to Thomas M. Bello's campaign and tenure as student body president

Folder 19

National Strike Information Center (Brandeis University) newsletters #05329, Series: "Papers, 1970-1971." Folder 19

Folder 20

Newspaper articles #05329, Series: "Papers, 1970-1971." Folder 20

Folder 21-22

Folder 21

Folder 22

Other printed materials #05329, Series: "Papers, 1970-1971." Folder 21-22

Oversize Paper Folder OP-5329/1

Poster from Thomas M. Bello's campaign for student body president #05329, Series: "Papers, 1970-1971." OP-5329/1

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Processing Information

Processed by: Margaret Dickson, May 2007

Encoded by: Margaret Dickson, May 2007

Where applicable, Bello's own labels for his files have been retained.

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