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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biography
  • Chronology
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Fred Harcleroad papers
    Dates: 1932-1974
    Bulk Dates: 1959-1966
    Collection number: Col-12
    Creator: Harcleroad, Fred F.
    Collection Size: 5.36 cubic feet (11 letter size boxes, 1 half-size box, 2 media boxes)
    Repository: California State University, East Bay. University Archives
    Hayward, California 94542
    Abstract: The Fred Harcleroad Papers are a collection of documents created and received by Harcleroad slightly prior to, during, and after his time as President of the University.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the University Archives at California State University, East Bay. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the University Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    Fred Harcleroad papers, Col-12, University Archives, California State University, East Bay, Hayward, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Records were transferred by the Office of the President.

    Processing Information

    Originally processed by Lucille Klovdahl (date unknown); collection rehoused and finding aid created by Collin Thorman, 2010. Finding aid updated with new accretion by Diana Wakimoto, 2016.


    Fred Harcleroad became President of the University in 1959, before the Hayward Campus was created. He was appointed after having served as a dean at the San Jose State College and was quickly embraced by the student body and faculty as a supporter of education and the Alameda County College (as it was then known). Fred Harcleroad also assisted in the lengthy naming process of the college, the construction of its campus, the selection of its faculty, and the structure of its curriculum. Dr. Harcleroad's interest in A.V. pertaining to teaching made him a forward-thinking man who strove to integrate technology into the college system.
    Dr. Harcleroad's primary focus for the California State University, Hayward (as it eventually came to be known at the end of his tenure) was to create a modern university, integrating computers and audio-visual media into the curriculum with a focus on cultural awareness in the form of various multicultural studies programs. Unfortunately, many of these programs either never made it off the ground or were cut due to budget constraints.
    Though Fred Harcleroad was supported by the majority of the students and faculty, a vocal minority's slanderous anonymous letters caused Dr. Harcleroad to be reassigned as a professor of higher education and consultant to Chancellor Dumke.


    1959, March Appointed to President of the Alameda County College
    1959, September Opening registration
    1961, February Groundbreaking Ceremony for Hayward Campus
    1961, February Accredited by the Western College Association
    1961, June First Commencement
    1963 First Undergraduates
    1967, July Reassigned to full time faculty

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Fred Harcleroad Papers are a collection of documents created and received by Harcleroad slightly prior to, during, and after his time as President of the University. The collection contains loose leaf presidential correspondences, telegrams, letters, newspapers, speeches, and informational material.
    All collected outgoing correspondence during Harcleroad’s time as President of the University is present in this collection, as well as assorted papers (including incoming correspondence) received by Harcleroad before, during, and after his presidency. The collection also includes audio and video interviews of Harcleroad on 2 DVDs and 4 cassette tapes, and scrapbooks assembled during Harcleroad’s Presidency, along with several awards received by Harcleroad.


    Arranged in five series by subject: Series 1: Outgoing Correspondence, Series 2: Papers, Series 3: Awards, Series 4: Audio-Visual Material, Series 5: Scrapbooks

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Bee, Carlos
    California State University, East Bay
    Dumke, Glenn S.