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Professor Charles Planck as Master of College F papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 34-9-230

Scope and Contents

Papers of Charles Planck, professor of political science and first Master of College F from its establishment in October 1968 until his resignation in June 1973. The papers are primarily concerned with the planning of College F, courses offered by College F, other colleges, and university relations with the colleges. Also included are papers relating to the Radical Faculty Caucus of 1969 and the "Hayes 45" faculty arrested in the strike of 1970.


  • October 1968-June 1973


Terms of Access and Use

The Professor Charles Planck as Master of College F papers, October 1968-June 1973, are open to researchers.


Copyright is held by The State University of New York at Buffalo, University Archives. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Biographical Note

Charles Planck was named Master of College F on October 10, 1968. Planning sessions were held in the Spring of 1969 and the name Tolstoy College was chosen because of the importance Tolstoy gave "in his life and work understanding education, society, and politics." These three areas became the focus of the college's concern.

In Fall 1969, College F had 2 main teachers, 15-25 students, and a storefront on Main Street. In the two courses and other informal discussions, theories and means of educational and political change were studied. The college was most interested in 'non-violent anarchists like Tolstoy and a variety of thinkers and movements whose chief commitment is to the freedom of the individual and to the preservation and creation of autonomous communities of self-governing men and women."

In the Spring of 1972, Professor Planck wrote that College F had grown but was still relatively small: 4-5 courses, 2-4 faculty, 80-100 students per term. Still concerned with the questions of political, social and educational change, the activities had shifted from a theoretical bend to a more practical direction: members had participated in the founding of a local experimental school; people from outside the university were being included in college activities; and existing alternative institutions were being considered.

In June 1973, Charles Planck resigned from the university in order to pursue farming.


0.22 Linear Feet (One half manuscript box)

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The collection is organized into three series: Series I. College F; Series II. The Colleges; Series III.Campus Controversies.

Acquisition Information

The Professor Charles Planck as Master of College F papers were donated by Professor Planck on June 22, 1973.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff, June 1973; finding aid encoded by Lucy Bell, August 2018.


Finding Aid for the Professor Charles Planck as Master of College F papers
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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