Scope and Content
Title: California State Student Association Records,
Collection Number: CSU 007
California State Student Association
9 linear ft
California State University Historical Archives
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Archives & Special Collection
University Library, Room G-145
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3013
Records of the California State Student Association include minutes of meetings, committee meetings, and subjects including
collective bargaining and financial aid.
Language: Collection material is in English
There are no access restrictions on this collection.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives
and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical
materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
[Title of item], California State Student Association Records, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections.
University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Materials in this collection were transferred by the Chancellor’s Office, California State University and collected by archives
Processed during 2004-2006 CSU System-wide Archives Processing Project.
The California State University System, formally established in 1960 by the Donahoe Higher Education Act. It is the nation’s
largest university system, with 23 campuses and seven off-campus centers, more than 400,000 students and 42,000 faculty and
staff. The CSU is one of three public higher education systems in the state of California (the others are the University of
California and the California Community College System). Since 1961 more than 2 million alumni have received a bachelor's,
master's, and doctoral (Ph.D. and Ed.D) degrees from the university system.
In 1958, three years before the formation of the CSU system, a group of Associated Student Body presidents founded the "Student
Presidents Association." This group initially served mostly as an informational forum for the campus student associations,
but the fact that a well-organized statewide student association was firmly established when the CSU was founded ensured that
the students had a place in the CSU's internal policymaking from the beginning. The Student Presidents Association was formally
recognized by the Trustees in 1963. By 1974, the student leaders were articulate, intelligent, and politically astute. The
student leaders of this era were quite successful both in the legislature and within the system, and are responsible for much
of the foundation of student leadership that still exists. By 1979 CSSA had become extraordinarily active, and many student
body presidents were finding it difficult to fulfill both their campus and CSSA responsibilities and thus began appointing
CSSA representatives (a few campuses had already started electing separate representatives). The Association decided to recognize
this reality by re-naming itself the California State Student Association in 1979.
Scope and Content
Includes the records of the California State Student Association mostly between 1979 and 1998, but also include materials
back to 1963. Records and subjects include Committee meeting minutes (Public Affairs, Executive, University Affairs Committees),
collective bargaining, liaison reports, correspondence with various campus representatives, childcare, CalPIRG, financial
aid, faculty salaries, Title IX gender equity, student fees, legislation, and many other issues relating to students in the
United States. Education Amendment of 1972. Title IX
Student aid -- California
Student government -- California
California State University
CSU Academic Senate Collection