Overview of the Collection
Scope and Contents
Overview of the Collection
Collection Title: Campus Unrest Court Transcripts
San Fernando Valley State College
1.25 linear feet
Language of Materials:
Abstract: California State University, Northridge,
then called San Fernando Valley State College, was a center for the wave of campus
unrest and minority protests that rocked the nation during the 1960s and 1970s.
Radiating throughout the student body, faculty, campus administration, and greater
community, the atmosphere of turmoil bred discord and disruption for the governing
agencies within the university system, and within California. The collection consists of
"Transcripts on Appeal" for Consolidated Case No. 638182 in the Municipal
Court of Los Angeles Judicial District, County of Los Angeles, State of California,
Division No. 69, Hon. David L. Mohr, Judge. "The People of the State of California,
Plaintiff vs. Stuart Medal, Lance Cutler, Allen Steven Dellefield, et al.,
Defendants," on April 30, 1969.
The San Fernando Valley campus of Los Angeles State College opened to students in 1956
on land that once produced citrus, avocado, and walnuts. Just two years later, in the
fall 1958, that campus became San Fernando Valley State College (SFVSC). With the
creation on the CSU system in 1972 SFVSC became California State University, Northridge
The Official groundbreaking for the college was January 4, 1956. Classes were held in
temporary buildings as construction continued throughout campus. The old library was the
first building on campus to be completed; however it was destroyed following the 1994
The campus gained a national reputation for being one of the centers of campus activism
during the mid-1960s and the early 1970s, and the documentation supports the
University's struggles against such national issues as the Vietnam War, racism, and
social and educational inequality.
Racial tensions erupted with the take‑over of the Administration Building on November 4,
1968. Charges of racism were leveled against a white football coach, Don Markham, and
the Black Student Union called for his dismissal. Twenty to twenty-five black students
(with the white coaches in tow) marched to the Administration Building to take up their
grievances with acting President Blomgren. In subsequent action, the black students took
over the fifth floor of the Administration Building in an attempt to have their demands
In the fall of 1969 Dr. James Cleary was chosen as the new President of SFVSC. He had
past experience at the University of Wisconsin in dealing with student unrest. He
remained President at SFVSC/CSUN for twenty-three years.
During the tenure of campus president Dr. Blenda Wilson CSUN was again challenged. This
time in the form of a 6.7 magnitude earthquake centered just 1.5 miles from campus.
Causing in excess of $300 million in damages to the CSUN campus the spring semester was
delayed by only two weeks.
In 1956 1,500 students attended classes at the San Fernando Valley campus of Los Angeles
State College. In 2013 total CSUN enrollment nears 37,000 students.
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Student movements -- California -- Los
Conditions Governing Use:
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s)
of this collection has not been transferred to California State University,
Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or
reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond
that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.
Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of
the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Conditions Governing Access:
The collection is open for research use.
[Identification of item], [date],
Campus Unrest Court
, Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library,
California State University, Northridge.
Other collections documenting California State University, Northridge's history
are available in the
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of "Transcripts on Appeal" for Consolidated Case No.
638182 in the Municipal Court of Los Angeles Judicial District, County of Los Angeles,
State of California, Division No. 69, Hon. David L. Mohr, Judge. "The People of the
State of California, Plaintiff vs. Stuart Medal, Lance Cutler, Allen Steven Dellefield,
et al., Defendants," on April 30, 1969. Defendants appeared before the court on
August 7, 1969 for sentencing. The case was again before the court on March 6 and 9,
1970 for final disposition. The State of California filed two (2) counts against the
defendants for violation of Section 415, P.C. and Section 602, Subdivision J, P.C. The
files are arranged in volume and page order.