Vernon I. Cheadle Papers

Arranged and described by David Kelly, 12/12/97; last update J. Mundy 9/18/07.
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University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
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Vernon I. Cheadle Papers, 1925-2000

Collection number: UArch FacP 22

Department of Special Collections

Davidson Library

University of California, Santa Barbara
Processed by:
Arranged and described by David Kelly, 12/12/97; last update J.Mundy 9/18/07.
Date completed:
Sept. 18, 2007
Latest revision:
Feb. 5, 2013
Encoded by:
A. Demeter
© 2010-2013 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Vernon I. Cheadle Papers
Dates: 1925-2000
Collection number: UArch FacP 22
Creator: Cheadle, Vernon Irvin, 1910-1995
Collection Size: 6 linear feet (15 boxes).
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Abstract: The Vernon I. Cheadle Papers contain biographical material, correspondence, subject files, and academic files from Cheadle's time as a faculty member before and after his days as Chancellor.
Physical location: Annex 2.
Languages: English

Access Restrictions

Box 15 closed until 2025 A.D. Collection is stored off-site; advance notice required for retrieval.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Preferred Citation

Vernon I. Cheadle Papers. UArch FacP 22. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mary Cheadle 1995.


Vernon Irvin Cheadle was the Chancellor of the University of California, Santa Barbara campus from 1962 to 1977. During this time, he oversaw the growth and development of the campus from a small, local college to an internationally recognized university. Cheadle strengthened ties between the university and the surrounding community. He also steered the campus through the turbulent period of protests and riots in the late 1960s and 1970s. As Chancellor, Cheadle made many contributions to UCSB, and he continued to serve the university following his retirement.
Vernon Cheadle was born on February 6, 1910 in Salem, South Dakota, and was raised on a farm. He attended Miami University and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in botany. He went on to graduate study at Harvard University, earning a Ph.D. in botany in 1936. In the same year, Cheadle began his career by teaching botany at the University of Rhode Island. His research focused on the water conducting cells in plants. During the next 16 years, he was promoted to Professor and Chairman of the Botany Department, as well as director of the Graduate Division. From 1944 to 1946, he served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy in the Pacific. In 1952, Cheadle moved to the University of California at Davis, where he collaborated with Dr. Katherine Esau on studies of the phloem of dicotyledons. He was Chairman of the Botany Department at Davis from 1952 to 1962, and Acting Vice Chancellor from 1961 to 1962.
University of California President Clark Kerr appointed Vernon Cheadle to be Chancellor of the Santa Barbara campus in 1962. During his 15 year tenure, UC Santa Barbara experienced rapid expansion in both its physical campus and its research and academic programs. Twenty-five new buildings were constructed. Student enrollment increased from 5,000 to 13,000 and faculty positions more than doubled. The number of masters degree programs rose from 15 to 42 and Ph.D. programs increased from two to 27. Cheadle's work laid the foundations for UCSB's transformation into a world-class university, recognized by its election to the prestigious Association of American Universities in 1995.
The most difficult period for Chancellor Cheadle came during the years from 1968 to 1975, when sometimes violent student protests erupted over a variety of social and political issues. Cheadle had worked to achieve closer ties between the university and the community of Santa Barbara, but this relationship soured when student protests spilled over from the campus to the streets of Isla Vista and Santa Barbara. The burning of the Bank of America building by protesters in 1970 briefly made Isla Vista one of the most notorious college towns in the country. Cheadle withstood pressure from all sides during this time. He acquiesced to student demands for a Black Studies program and created the first Chicano Studies program in the nation. Thus UCSB emerged from this difficult period strengthened and improved by a more diverse program of studies.
Cheadle retired from the Chancellorship in 1977, but he remained active in campus and community affairs. He returned to his laboratory and continued his botanical research. He assumed the role of elder statesman and counselor to campus leaders. He assisted the university in fund-raising efforts, and served on the boards of local organizations such as the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Vernon Cheadle died in Santa Barbara on July 23, 1995.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Vernon Cheadle papers are divided into two parts. The first part covers the years 1962 to 1977, when Cheadle was Chancellor of the University of California Santa Barbara campus. These papers are located in the Office of the Chancellor, Chancellors' records, UArch 17, along with the papers of the other Chancellors. There is a separate finding guide to these papers. The Chancellors' records include correspondence, memos, and official reports of the Cheadle administration.
The second part of the Cheadle collection covers the years before and after Cheadle was Chancellor. This collection is part of the Faculty Papers section of the University Archives. It is divided into five series. The organization is based on Cheadle's own filing system. The files came from Cheadle's office on campus. Although there are two series that are exclusively devoted to correspondence and speeches, these items can be found sprinkled throughout all of the series.


The first series contains biographical material covering Cheadle's entire life. It includes short biographies, curriculum vitae, and a complete list of publications. The second series is devoted to correspondence. There is personal correspondence from 1937 to 1979, and personal and administrative correspondence from 1980 to 1995. Administrative correspondence from 1962 to 1977 is located in the Office of the Chancellor collection. The third series is composed of subject files which Cheadle kept from 1978 to 1995. These files contain mostly professional and administrative correspondence, and include material related to Lotusland in Montecito and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden as well as the university. The fourth series concerns Cheadle's academic work throughout his career, from 1933 to 1995. This includes articles, reviews and books published by Cheadle; research grant reports; research notes; course manuals; and speeches and papers presented at professional conferences. These is also a section devoted to Cheadle's sabbaticals in Australia and South Africa. Cheadle's academic files include correspondence with his publishers and peers. Finally, the fifth series contains Cheadle's personal letters of recommendation for his students and fellow academicians. As this material is confidential in nature, these files are not available for use until the year 2025.
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Related Materials

The Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) has their own Cheadle collection, comprised mainly of plant specimens collected by Cheadle during his career, his xylem article collection, and memorabilia/artifacts. For more information, see: 
The Katherine Esau collection in the Faculty Papers section (UArch FacP 23) of the University Archives contains many documents and correspondence relating to her work in collaboration with Cheadle. See also Esau's collection at CCBER:  Katherine Esau's oral history, entitled Katherine Esau: A Life of Achievements, also includes comments on her work with Cheadle (OH 3).
The Office of the Chancellor, Chancellors' records (UArch 17) of the University Archives contains a large collection from the Cheadle administration, as mentioned above. This collection includes audio tape recordings of some of Cheadle's speeches as Chancellor, which are located in the University Archives Audio Recordings section. For a more detailed description of these other holdings, see the guide: 
Many photographs of Cheadle can be found in the University Archives Photographs Collection (UArch 112).
Chancellor Vernon Cheadle section in UCSB History and Antecedents collection, UArch 100.
Biographical information and photos of Cheadle in Office of Public Information biographical files, UArch 11.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Cheadle, Vernon Irvin, 1910-1995
University of California, Santa Barbara. Dept. of Physics
University of California, Santa Barbara. Dept. of Biological Sciences


Series I:  Biographical

Box 1: 1

Curriculum Vitae, 1977

Box 1: 2

California Academy of Sciences, Award, 1970

Box 1: 3

Inauguration as Chancellor of UCSB, 1962

Box 1: 4

Katherine Esau's Comments on Her Work with VIC, 1992

Box 1: 5

List of Publications, 1996

Box 1: 6

Memorial Service Pamphlet, 1995

Box 1: 7

Personnel Forms, 1952-1962

Box 1: 8

Soundings, (issue dedicated to VIC), 1996

Box 1: 9

Mary Cheadle

Box 1: 10

Academic biography, 1973

Box 1: 11

Alexander, Alec, "Vernon Cheadle and the Foundations of Excellence at UCSB", lecture presented at UCSB's 50 Anniversary celebration, 1995

Box 1: 12

Coastlines, article about the Cheadle-Esau Botanical Collection, Summer 2000

Box 2-3



Miami University, Ohio, 1929-1932


Rhode Island State College, 1939-1942

Box 4-5

Calendars, Appointment Books, 1965-1993


Series II:  Correspondence


Personal Correspondence

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically; additional administrative correspondence from 1962-1977 is located in the Chancellor's administrative collection.
Box 6: 1

1937-1950 (includes correspondence with Katherine Esau)

Box 6: 2


Box 6: 3

1962-1967 (mostly correspondence with Duke Sedgwick)

Box 6: 4

1968-1977 (includes correspondence with Charles Hitch and David Gardner, plus birthday greetings from Ronald Reagan)

Box 6: 5



Correspondence, 1980-1995

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically, includes personal and administrative correspondence.
Box 7: 1-2


Box 7: 3

Bason, Bob, Assistant Chancellor, University Relations

Box 7: 4-15


Box 7: 16

Saxon, David, President, University of California

Box 7: 17


Box 7: 18

Uehling, Barbara, Chancellor, UCSB

Box 7: 19-21



Series III:  Subject Files

Scope and Content Note

Mostly contains correspondence, pamphlets and speeches.
Box 8: 1

Academic Senate, 1993-1995

Box 8: 2

Affiliates, Club West: Vernon Cheadle Barbecue

Box 8: 3

Affirmative Action: 20th Anniversary (includes photo), 1991

Box 8: 4

Aldrich, Daniel (contains speeches by VIC re: Aldrich), 1986-1990

Box 8: 5

American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1982-1994

Box 8: 6

American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1990-1992

Box 8: 7

American Journal of Botany, 1988

Box 8: 8

American Society of Plant Taxonomists, 1984-1989

Box 8: 9

Area Botany Group (talk given by VIC), 1980

Box 8: 10

Biological Sciences Department (administration and space), 1983-1995

Box 8: 11

Birnam Wood Golf Club (contains correspondence re: Uehling membership), 1988

Box 8: 12

Botanical Gazette, 1990

Box 8: 13

Botanical Society of America, 1983-1991

Box 8: 14

Botanical Society of America, Merit Award Committee, 1986-1987

Box 8: 15

Brun, Chris, 1981-1983

Box 8: 16

Carlquist, Sherwin (nomination to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences), 1995

Box 8: 17

Chancellor's Council, 1989

Box 8: 18

Channel City Club, 1990-1994

Box 8: 19

Cheadle Award, 1984-1995

Box 8: 20

Don't Bank on Amerika (VIC comments on book), 1985

Box 8: 21

Education Abroad Program, 1983-1992

Box 8: 22

Environmental & Evolutionary Biology Dept., 1979-1983

Box 8: 23

Esau: Awards (recommendations by VIC), 1970-1973

Box 8: 24

Esau Facility Dedication (includes speech), 1990-1991

Box 9: 1

Esau: National Medal of Science Award, 1986-1990

Box 9: 2

Events Center: Fundraising, 1978-1979

Box 9: 3

Faculty Club, 1989

Box 9: 4

Football, 1991

Box 9: 5

Gaucho Club, 1981-1988

Box 9: 6

Herbarium, 1978-1983

Box 9: 7

International Association of Wood Anatomists, 1980-1994

Box 9: 8

International Committee for the Study of Educational Exchange, 1980-1981

Box 9: 9

Isla Vista Riots / United Front, 1969-1990

Box 9: 10

Keener, Clyde, 1978-1979

Box 9: 11

Letters and Science, College of, 1991-1994



Box 9: 12-15

Board of Directors, 1988-1991

Box 9: 16

Buildings & Grounds Committee, 1989-1991

Box 9: 17

Conditional Use Permit, 1991

Box 9: 18

Foundation, 1986

Box 9: 19

Master Plan, 1986

Box 10: 1

Montecito Union School Presentation, 1989

Box 10: 2

Newsletters, 1993-1994

Box 10: 3

Miscellaneous, 1990-1995

Box 10: 4

Memberships, 1980

Box 10: 5

Memos: Campuswide, 1977-1994

Box 10: 6

Parking Services, 1985-1989

Box 10: 7

People to People, 1992

Box 10: 8

Phi Beta Kappa, 1979-1995

Box 10: 9

Phytomorphology, 1980-1984

Box 10: 10

Public Affairs, Office, 1995

Box 10: 11

Recommendations, 1977-1990

Box 10: 12

Recreation Center, 1995

Box 10: 13

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1988-1990

Box 10: 14-15

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Ironwood Council, 1994-1995

Box 10: 16

Sedgwick Ranch, 1978-1990

Box 10: 17

UCSB Foundation, Athletic Committee, 1991-1995

Box 10: 18

UCSB Foundation, Correspondence, 1983-1993

Box 10: 19

University Relations and Development, 1981-1994

Box 10: 20

Yang, Henry (includes photo), 1994


Series IV:  Academic Files


Courses Taught by Cheadle

Box 11: 1

Discussion Manual for Botany II, VIC and Palmatier, Rhode Island State College, 1950

Box 11: 2

Biology 158: Island Biology, Winter 1994

Box 11: 3

Biology 158, Notes



Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
Box 11: 4

Research Grant No. 442 from the Penrose Fund, "Investigations of the Vascular system...," Rhode Island State College (reports reprinted from the Year Book of the American Philosophical Society), 1940-1943

Box 11: 5-7

National Science Foundation grant, no. 76-82133, "Normal and Pathological Anatomy" (includes proposals and Final Report), 1977-1981

Box 11: 8

NSF grant, no. 79-18834 (contains reports, proposal, award), 1980-1985

Box 11: 9-10

NSF grant, no. 83-10823 (contains proposal, external reviews, award synopsis), 1984-1987

Box 11: 11

NSF grant, no. 83-5254 (contains Final Report), 1987

Box 11: 12

NSF grant, no. 8800436 (contains proposal declination), 1988


Articles, Published Papers, Research

Scope and Content Note

Files arranged chronologically; include reprints, illustrations, correspondence, and original manuscripts. All articles by VIC, unless otherwise noted. See "List of Publications" in box 1 for full titles.
Box 11: 13

Working Tables (Harvard, probably 1933-1936), n.d.

Box 11: 14

"Secondary Growth...," Botanical Gazette (reprint only), 1937

Box 11: 15

"Observations on the Phloem...," Am. J. of Botany (reprint only), 1941

Box 11: 16

Phloem Photomicrographs for Am. J. of Botany, 1941

Box 11: 17

"A Discussion...," Am. J. of Botany (illustrations only), 1941

Box 11: 18

"Occurrence and Types of Vessels...," Am. J. of Botany (reprint and illustrations), 1942

Box 11: 19

"The Role of Anatomy...," Chronica Botanica (reprint only), 1942

Box 11: 20

"The Origin and Certain Trends...," Am. J. of Botany (reprint and illustrations), 1943

Box 11: 21

"Vessel Specialization...," Am. J. of Botany (reprint only), 1943

Box 11: 22

"Specialization of Vessels," Am. J. of Botany (reprint and illustrations), 1944

Box 11: 23

"Types of Vascular Bundles...," Amer. J. Bot. (reprint only), 1948

Box 11: 24

"Observations on the Phloem...," Am. J. of Botany (reprint only), 1948

Box 11: 25

"The Relation of Metaphloem...," Am. J. of Botany (reprint and illustrations), 1948

Box 11: 26

"Samples of Woods of Columbia," from Chicago Natural History Museum (includes correspondence), 1949

Box 11: 27

"A Survey of Rhode Island's...," T.J. Wright, VIC, E.A. Palmatier, Rhode Island Dept. of Agriculture (pamphlet only), 1949

Box 12: 1

"Independent Origin...," Phytomorphology (includes correspondence, research notes, and reprint), 1953

Box 12: 2

"Comparative Structure...," Am. J. of Botany (reprint only), 1953

Box 12: 3

"A Staining Combination...," Stain Technology (reprint only), 1953

Box 12: 4

"Plasmolytic Studies of Phloem," Am. J. Botany (reprint only), 1955

Box 12: 5

"Conducting Elements...," Bromeliad Society Bulletin (reprint only), 1955

Box 12: 6

"The Taxonomic Use...," J. of the Arnold Arboretum (reprint only), 1955

Box 12: 7

"Significance of Cell Division...," ACTA Botanica Neerlandica (reprint only), 1955

Box 12: 8

"Research on Xylem...," J. of Botany (reprint only), 1956

Box 12: 9

"Physiology of Phloem," Esau, Katherine, Currier, H.B., and VIC, Annual Review of Plant Physiology (reprint only), 1957

Box 12: 10

Secondary Phloem of Calycanthaceae..., VIC and Esau, Katherine, U.C. Press (monograph), 1958

Box 12: 11

"Wall Thickening...," Esau, Katherine, and VIC, Proc. of the Nat. Acad. of Sciences (reprint only), 1958

Box 12: 12

"Size of Pores...," Esau, Katherine, and VIC, Proc. of the Nat. Acad. of Sciences (reprint only), 1959

Box 12: 13

"Woodvessels and Phylogeny...," J. of So. African Bio. Soc. (reprint only), 1960

Box 12: 14

"Vessels in Grasses," J. of So. African Bio. Soc. (reprint only), 1960

Box 12: 15

"Vessels and Phylogeny...," Recent Advances in Botany (reprint only), 1961

Box 12: 16

"An Evaluation of Studies...," Esau, Katherine and VIC, Proc. of the Nat. Acad. of Sciences (reprint only), 1961

Box 12: 17

"Development of Sieve...," Esau, Katherine, and VIC, Bot. Gaz. (reprint only), 1962

Box 12: 18

"Administration of Modern Biology," Plant Sci. Bull. (reprint only), 1962

Box 12: 19

"Mitochondria in the Phloem...," Esau, Katherine, and VIC, Bot. Gaz. (reprint only), 1962

Box 12: 20

"Marks of the Academic Man," AIBS Bull. (reprint only), 1963

Box 12: 21

"A View of Ultrastructure...," Esau, Katherine, and VIC, Bot. Gaz. (reprint only), 1963

Box 12: 22

"Vessels in Iridaceae," Phytomorphology (reprint only), 1964

Box 12: 23

Secondary Phloem of Liriodendron..., VIC and Katherine Esau, U.C. Press, 1964

Box 12: 24

Cytologic Studies..., VIC and Esau, Katherine, U.C. Press (monograph), 1965

Box 12: 25

"Cytology of Differentiating...," Esau, Katherine, and VIC, Amer. J. Bot. (reprint only), 1966

Box 12: 26

"Vessels in Haemodorales," Phytomorphology (reprint and research notes), 1968

Box 12: 27

"Vessels in Amaryllidaceae...," Phytomorphology (reprint only), 1969

Box 12: 28

"Secondary Growth in Bougainvillea," VIC and Esau, Katherine, Annals of Botany (reprint only), 1969

Box 12: 29

"Morphological Studies...," Kosakai, Hatsume, Moseley, M.F., and VIC, Am. J. of Botany (reprint only), 1970

Box 12: 30

"Vessels in Pontederiaceae...," Bot. J. Linn. Soc. (reprint and research material), 1970

Box 12: 31

"Vessels in Liliaceae...," Phytomorphology (reprint and research material), 1971

Box 12: 32

"Vessels in Cyperaceae," Bot. Gaz. (reprint only), 1972

Box 12: 33

"Vessels in Juncales," Phytomorphology (reprint only), 1973

Box 12: 34

Photomicrographs, 1973

Box 12: 35

"A Note on Vessels...," Blumea (reprint only), 1974

Box 12: 36

"Vessels in Juncales: II," Am. J. Botany (reprint only), 1975

Box 12: 37

"Vessels in Alstroemeriales," Form, Structure & Function in Plants (reprint only), 1975

Box 12: 38

"Vessels in Dioscoreales," Phyta (reprint only), 1975

Box 12: 39

Guides to Citations (margin notes by VIC), 1978

Box 12: 40

Article for The Scroll (re: fraternity influence), Spring 1979

Box 12: 41-42

"Occurrence and Specialization...," Phytomorphology (manuscript, reprint and photos), 1980

Box 13: 1

"Occurrence and Specialization...," Phytomorphology (research notes only), 1980

Box 13: 2

Alismatales (research notes only), 1981

Box 13: 3-5

"Occurrence and Specialization ... Xyridales," Nordic J. of Botany (reprint, correspondence, illustrations), 1982

Box 13: 6

R.R. Chauvan, Thesis (notes by VIC), 1982

Box 13: 7

"The Occurrence ... Orchidaceae," Phyta (manuscript, correspondence, research notes), 1982

Box 13: 8

Iridaceae (research notes), 1983

Box 13: 9

"Vessels in Amaryllidaceae...," Phytomorphology (includes reprint, plus old and new research notes dated 1983), 1969, 1983

Box 13: 10

Alismatales (research notes), 1986

Box 13: 11

"Affinities of the Madagascan Geosiris," (research notes and photos), 1987

Box 13: 12

Geosiris Article (correspondence only), 1987

Box 13: 13

Specialization from organ to organ (illustrations for article in Am. J. of Bot.), n.d.


Other Writings

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
Box 13: 14

Abstracts of papers given at conferences, Amer. J. Bot., 1938-1940

Box 13: 15

"A Lesson from Museum Collectors," The Cell (editorial, reprint only), 1949

Box 13: 16

Book Reviews by VIC, AIBS Bulletin (reprints only), 1957-1961

Box 13: 17

Helobiae, P. T. Tomlinson, book review by VIC (manuscript), 1983

Box 13: 18

Reviews of articles by others, 1988



Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
Box 14: 1

"A Preliminary Statement..." (paper given at Richmond, VA), 1938

Box 14: 2

"Further notes on the Anomalous..." (paper given at Richmond, VA), 1938

Box 14: 3

"A Discussion of Some Factors..." (paper given at Dallas, TX), 1941

Box 14: 4

"Notes on the Occurrence..." (paper given at Philadelphia, PA), 1941

Box 14: 5

"Biological Research" (paper given at Career Conference, Connecticut University), 1948

Box 14: 6

Student Fellowship Talk, Kingston, RI (re: religion and biology), 1952

Box 14: 7

"What is Botany?" (Rotary Club Talk, given at U.C. Davis), 1953

Box 14: 8

Phi Kappa Phi (U.C. Davis charter acceptance), 1954

Box 14: 9

"The Research Program of the Botany Dept." U.C. Davis, 1954

Box 14: 10

"Paleozoic Fern-like Foliage..." Plant Morphology Seminar, U.C. Davis, 1955

Box 14: 11

"Research in Weed Control in California," California Weed Conference, Fresno, 1957

Box 14: 12

"The Future of Weed Control" (paper given at U.C. Davis), 1958

Box 14: 13

"Recent Advances..." (speech given at Asilomar, CA), 1959

Box 14: 14

"Comments on Morphogenesis" (speech), 1961

Box 14: 15

Botanical Society Dinner, AIBS meeting, Purdue, 1961

Box 14: 16

"Occurrence and Specialization ... Xyridales" (paper given at Sydney, Australia), 1981

Box 14: 17

Magnolia Tripetala (talk given at Fort Collins, CO), 1984

Box 14: 18

Magnolia Tripetala (talk given at U.C. Davis), 1984




Australia, 1956-1962

Box 14: 19-21


Box 14: 22

Grant vouchers, correspondence

Box 14: 23

Education Exchange visit, preparation report

Box 14: 24

Final Report, 1960

Box 14: 25

Speech Describing U.C. (given at Melbourne), 1960

Box 14: 26-27

South Africa (correspondence), 1959-1962

Box 14: 28

Master List of Collections from South Africa and Australia, 1961


Series V:  Confidential Files

Scope and Content Note

These files are closed until the year 2025 AD. They contain Cheadle's personal letters of recommendation for his students and fellow academicians.
Box 15: 1-5

Correspondence, letters of recommendation, 1976-1990