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KU Twelve Incident

Call Number: PP 497


Gail J. Hamilton was one of twelve students involved in the "KU Twelve Incident." During the commencement ceremony on May 19, 1980, twelve members of the Academic Freedom Action Coalition displayed a banner protesting the University of Kansas' policy prohibiting the display of banners in certain public spaces. The twelve students were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct; their charges were eventually dropped. A KBI investigation found evidence of police brutality against two university officers involved in the incident. This collection contains newspaper clippings, scrap books and a KBI report concerning the "KU Twelve Incident."


  • Creation: 1980 - 1983


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.


.5 Linear Feet (1 box + 1 oversize box, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

Includes information relating to the KU Twelve Incident (May 19, 1980): newspaper articles, legal documents, correspondence, Kbi report and miscellaneous documents.

Physical Location

PP 497

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Gail Harshaw, 2009

Guide to the Gail J. Hamilton Collection
KU Twelve Incident
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Preferred citation
Gail J. Hamilton Collection, PP 497, University Archives, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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