Nicholson’s History of Radical Movements Requested by Regent Bell

Dean Nicholson provided this “history” of radicalism at the University in 1940 at the request of Regent James Ford Bell, who was President of General Mills from 1928 to 1934 and had employed Ray Chase for unspecified work. In this private document, Nicholson revealed his belief that the Minnesota Daily was controlled by Marxists, that the Farmer-Labor Party gave rise to student activism, and that students from New York came to campus in order to foment radical activities. His facts were often incorrect. He continued to attack the Farmer Labor party on and off campus throughout the 1930s.

CreatorEdward E. NicholsonSourceUniversity of Minnesota Archives, DOS, Box4, Folder Correspondence, Misc. 1913-1941, June 3, to Honorable Fred Snyder.Date03/06/1940RightsImage is available courtesy the University of Minnesota Archives. For additional information about the use or re-use of this image please contact the University of Minnesota Archives at www.lib.umn.edu/uarchives.CoverageUniversity of MinnesotaTime Period1930s