There are many different kinds of resources available that support the study of Madison College/James Madison University in the 1970s. Primary sources (created during the 1970s) are available at Special Collections in Carrier Library. These include official publications like the annual student handbooks and catalogues, as well as files kept by various offices and indivuduals. Copies of the yearbook, The Bluestone, can be found in Special Collections, the Reference room, and online at The student newspaper, The Breeze, can be found in microfilm, at Special Collections, and accessed digitally through JMU Scholarly Commons. By contrast, scholarly secondary studies (created after the decade) of the institution are few. The following bibliography offers interested person a good place to start. Resources that provide a broader context for American higher education during this period and for the 1970s as a unique decade can be found at the end of this list as well as at the bottom of each exhibit page.

Sources about Madison College/James Madison University

Dingledine, Raymond C. Madison College: The First Fifty Years, 1908-1958. Harrisonburg, VA: Madison College, 1959. LD 3141.M566l.D55 shelved in stacks, Reference, and Spec. Coll.

Hilton, Fred D. “Changing from a College to a University: Madison College to James Madison University, 1971-1977.” M.A. thesis, 1996. LB1028. M3H56 shelved in stacks and Spec. Coll.

Robertson, Emily G. “The Transformation of Madison College into James Madison University.” Ph.D. dissertation, College of William and Mary, 1991. LD 3141.M56592.R62 1991, shelved in stacks and Spec. Coll.

Sonner, Ray C. “Madison College: The Miller Years, 1949-1970.” Madison College, 1974. Microfilm no. 870.

Turner, Jeremy. “This is your School Too”: The Madison College Student Protest Movement of 1970.” BA Thesis, JMU, 1999 LB1028.M32 T948 1999, shelved in stacks and Spec. Coll. Room 109.

Sources about Higher Education and College Life

Bender, Thomas and Wilson Smith, eds. American Higher Education Transformed (2008)

Duderstadt, Inter-Collegiate Athletics and the American University

Heinemann, Kenneth. Campus Wars

Journal of Higher Education (1930-2009 in JStor)

Kerr, Clark. The Great Transformation in Higher Education

Lefkowitz-Horowitz, Helen. Campus Life (1987)

Suggs, Welch. A Place on the Team: The Triumph and Tragedy of Title IX (2006)

Vermilye, D., ed. Current Issues in Higher Education: The Future in the Making. Jossey-Bass, 1973.

Watterson, John. College Football: History, Spectacle, Controversy. Johns Hopkins University, 2000.

Wilson, L. Shaping Higher Education. Washington, DC: American Council of Education, 1972.

Sources about the 1970s

Baily, Beth and David Farber, eds. America in the Seventies (2004)

Clecak, Peter. America’s Quest for the Ideal Self: Dissent and Fulfillment in the 60s and 70s. (1983)

Cowie, Jefferson. Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the last Days of the Working Class (date)

Francois, Anne-Lise, The Seventies: The Age of Glitter in Popular Culture (2000)

Gilmore, Stephanie, ed. Feminist Coalitions: Historical Perspectives on Second-Wave feminism in the United States (2008)

Kaufman, Will. American Culture in the 1970s. Scotland: Edinburgh University Press, 2009.

Killen, Andreas. 1973 Nervous Breakdown: Watergate, Warhol, and the Birth of the Post-Sixties America (2007)

Olson, James S. ed., Historical Dictionary of the 1970s (1999)

Rodgers Daniel T. Age of Fracture (2011)

Shuman, Bruce. The Seventies (2001)