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Guide to the Campus Unrest Court Transcripts Collection, 1969-1970
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Campus Unrest Court Transcripts Collection
    Dates: 1969-1970
    Identification: URB/CUCT
    Creator: San Fernando Valley State College
    Physical Description: 1.13 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Urban Archives
    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.

    Historical Note:

    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 of the CSU system in 1972 SFVSC became California State University, Northridge (CSUN).
    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 Northridge Earthquake.
    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 met.
    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.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Corporate Name:

    California State University, Northridge

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Paper records

    Personal Name:

    Bedeau, Steve
    Costello, Con
    Cutler, Lance
    Dellefield, Allen Steven
    Fried, Clifford
    Gura, Robert
    Johns, Lesley
    Kaufman, Ray
    Lee, Michael
    Martinez, Millie
    Mazo, John
    Medal, Stuart
    Spiegal, Rochelle
    Standig, Ira
    Tempkin, Vickie Cunningham
    Tozzie, Michael
    Whitaker, Vickie

    Topical Term:

    Student movements -- California -- Los Angeles area

    Administrative Information

    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.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], [date], Campus Unrest Court Transcripts Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

    Related Materials:

    Other collections documenting California State University, Northridge's history are available in the University Archives  

    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 by volume and page number.