Rainey, Jay Garland. Papers. SU 97-1007

JMU Historical Collection, Special Collections

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Compiled by Chris Bolgiano, December 1997

Scope & Content.

This collection consists of four folders, 1971-77, of miscellaneous papers relating to the case of Jay G. Rainey.

Mr. Rainey entered Madison College as a Day Male Student beginning Sept. 1966. He was denied re-admission for the 1968-69 session because he appeared unkempt in the eyes of the College administration. Rainey brought suit against the College in Feb. 1969 in Federal District Court, and in Sept. the judge requested, and the College agreed, that he be re-admitted. In April of 1970, Rainey led a sit-in in Wilson Hall to protest the non-renewal of three faculty members. He was arrested, convicted, fined $500 and sentenced to a six month prison term. He was pardoned by the Governor of VA in 1977.


Donated by Jay Rainey in Oct. 1997, through English faculty member Bob Geary, whose daughter had borrowed the materials to create an exhibit for a class assignment.


Folder 1 - Includes letter from Dr. John Wood, College History faculty, to Rainey in jail; Governor's

               pardon; student petitions against the war in Vietnam.

Folder 2 - Political education materials from the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of

               Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).

Folder 3 - News clippings.

Folder 4 - Chronology of events and other items created for or used in the Geary exhibit.