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Jay G. Rainey papers

Jay G. Rainey papers, 1970-1996, bulk 1970-1977
Jay G. Rainey papers
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1970-1996, bulk 1970-1977
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Rainey, Jay G. papers
The Jay G. Rainey Papers, 1970-1996, bulk 1970-1977, consist of five legal folders (.1 cubic feet). The collection is comprised of materials relating to Rainey’s role in the April 1970 protest of three faculty members’ non-reappointment. Additional materials are related to The Fixer, a student-run newspaper of which Rainey was an editor, and political brochures and newsletters from the AFL-CIO
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Jay Garland Rainey (b. 1946) entered Madison College in September 1966 as a member of the college’s first fully coeducational class; he was originally from Alexandria, Virginia. He married Katherine (Tina) Marie Russell soon after graduating high school and they moved to Rockingham County with their son so Rainey could attend Madison. In an effort to prepare for his wife’s delivery of the couple’s second child and to save for tuition, Rainey left the college after two years of study and returned to Alexandria. Rainey was initially denied readmission for the 1968-1969 session due to his alleged unkempt appearance. He brought suit against the college in February 1969 and the ruling was subsequently overturned due to a lack of due process. Rainey returned to Madison for the 1969-1970 session. While attending Madison College, Rainey was active in several zradicaly or zleft-leaningy student organizations. Rainey served as the first editor of The Fixer, a student-run underground newspaper at Madison College from 1969 to 1973. It was published by the Madison College Free Press and its prime directive was to encourage a zmeaningful exchange of ideas, a confrontation of minds.y Furthermore, the paper strove to reopen various channels of dialogue between students, faculty, and the administration due to a perceived lack of communication and overall transparency. Rainey was also active in the student group, Harambee. While Rainey described the organization as a zliberal group of like-minded people that would mainly get together and give each other support,y Harambee did not explicitly identify as a political organization. Rainey organized a sit-in at Wilson Hall in April 1970 after the administration announced that three professors – Roger Adkins, Assistant Professor of Economics; Houston Rogers, Instructor of English; and James McClung, Assistant Professor of English – would not have their contracts renewed for 1970-1971 academic term. Many students perceived the non-reappointments as being politically motivated rather than a result of poor academic performance. Rainey was arrested, convicted of trespassing, and, despite a long series of appeals, sentenced to a six-month jail sentence and a 500 dollar fine. Governor Mills E. Godwin Jr. eventually pardoned Rainey and commuted his sentence on November 17, 1977. Rainey graduated Madison College in June 1971 with a B. S from the School of Social Sciences.
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JMU Alum papers
Jay G. Rainey papers
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5 legal folders; .1 cubic feet.
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Collection is open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection
Immediate source of acquisition
Donated by Jay Rainey in October 1997 via Dr. Robert Geary, Professor of English at James Madison University.
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Organization method
The collection is arranged topically in five folders.

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