The collection contains materials produced by and related to George Pepperdine College. Items in the collection include school
records; recruitment material; memorabilia; publicity and newspaper clippings; programs; college history; photographs of educational
departments, university events, and student life; scrapbooks; and other printed materials. Materials in the collection range
from 1937 to the early 1970s.
George Pepperdine College was founded by George Pepperdine, a businessman from Kansas who founded the Western Auto Supply
Company. He made his fortune in the auto supply business and moved to Los Angeles in 1916. Mr. Pepperdine was approached in
1937 by a friend, Hugh Tiner (a fellow member of the Churches of Christ and supervisor of Los Angeles County high schools),
asking for help starting a Christian college on the west coast. George Pepperdine and Hugh Tiner met with Dr. Batsell Baxter
(former president of Abilene Christian University and David Lipscomb College) in February 1937, and decided to create a four-year
liberal arts college with teachings based in the Christian faith.
11.76 linear feet
(8 boxes plus 2 oversize photographs)
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