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Guide To The Allan Bakke Vs. Regents of UC Collection CEMA 113
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  • Conditions Governing Access note
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  • Processing Information note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note

  • Title: Allan Bakke Vs. Regents of UC Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: CEMA 113
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara, Davidson Library, Department of Special Collections, California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.5 linear feet 1 Box
    Date (inclusive): 1976-1980
    Location note: Del Norte

    Conditions Governing Access note

    None

    Conditions Governing Use note

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Processing Information note

    Alexander Hauschild, 2007.

    Biographical/Historical note

    After several unsuccessful applications to the University of California’s medical school at Davis, Allan Bakke applied to the school in 1974 receiving a 549 out of 600 on his application. Under a special program, UC Davis held 16 of its 100 available places in each class through a process administered by what was called The Special Task Force for Miority and Disadvantaged Students. According to Allan Baake students competed amongst themselves and were not held to the same grade point averages. Shortly thereafter, Bakke filed suit, challenging that the University's admissions policy was unconstitutional on the grounds that the school's consideration of race denied him his right to equal protection of the law. Bakke was able to show that his grades and test scores were higher than those admitted through the special admissions program, though nearly fifty other white candidates who had been denied had superior numerical indicators. Reinforcing, yet complicating Bakke’s case, a few white students with scores lower than Bakke's had been admitted to the class.
    The University of California conceded that Bakke would have been admitted absent the special admissions program and the consideration of race. It was the University’s intention through this plea, to obtain a definitive ruling on the constitutionality of its admissions program. The case never went to trial but was instead decided in Bakke’s favor by a trial judge on the facts of the case alone. This did not, however, decide the fate of special admissions programs for minorities, as the subsequent and numerous appeals helped to lay out the legal foundations of special admissions programs and their relationship to what were then termed “regular admissions” programs (Selmi, 1999).
    This collection contains materials related to both the opinion held by the Supreme Court and the debate within the UC over the legitimacy of Bakke’s complaint and/or legal standing of the University. There was no definitive consensus among scholars as to the strength of weaknesses of the University’s case yet the arguments presented during the amicus filings covered a wide spectrum of concepts. Despite the controversial nature of these issues and the continuing legal debate of affirmative action programs in the United States, most, if not all, of the fundamental legal arguments for and against affirmative action were explored in the Bakke vs. UC decisions.

    Scope and Contents note

    This collection contains materials related to both the opinion held by the Supreme Court and the debate within the UC over the legitimacy of it’s complaint. There was no definitive consensus among scholars as to the strength of weaknesses of the University’s case ye the arguments presented during the amicus filings covered a wide spectrum of concepts. Despite the controversial nature of these issues and the continuing legal debate of affirmative action programs in the United States, most, if not all, of the fundamental legal arguments for and agains affirmative action were explored in Bakke vs. UC decisions. The collection is contained in a single box collected from materials obtained through the collection Colleción Tloque Nahuaque.The collection is arranged in a single series. Series I: Bakke vs. UC Regents. The series contains numerous correspondences between UC scholars and representatives, lawyers from the Mexican American Legal Defence and Education Fund, (MALDEF) and organizations within the UC, all voicing their opinions on the case including a series of mail grams imploring the UC not to appeal the case based on the weakness of its merits.
    Selmi, Michael. The life of Bakke: An affirmative action retrospective. The Georgetown Law Journal 87 no. 4, 981-1022 (2009).

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    This collection was acquired by the Colección Tloque Nahuaque and was transferred to CEMA in 1989. It has an unknown provenance.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Affirmative action programs