Scope and Content of the Collection
Title: UCSD Committee for Arts and Lectures. Records
Identifier/Call Number: RSS 1254
Mandeville Special Collections Library
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
Language of Material:
0.8 lin. ft.
2 archives boxes
Date (inclusive): 1962 - 1971
The records of the UCSD Committee for Arts and Lectures document the activities of an early interdepartmental committee which
reported directly to the chancellor. The committee planned, scheduled, publicized, and managed all events on campus, including
fine arts exhibits, film presentations, performing arts, and lecture series. Later, the committee formed subcommittees for
areas such theatre and dance, lectures, art, and music. The files contain annual and event attendance reports, budget notes,
meeting minutes, correspondence, program descriptions, and newspaper clippings concerned with UCSD's early performing arts
program and lecture series.
Committee for Arts and Lectures.
UCSD Committee for Arts and Lectures. Records, RSS 1254. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.
The UCSD Committee for Arts and Lectures (CAL), part of a UC systemwide program, was organized as an interdepartmental administrative
committee which reported directly to the chancellor, beginning with Herbert York in 1961. In the beginning, the committee
functioned as a centralized body to plan, schedule, publicize, and manage all cultural events presented on campus and at the
Art Center of La Jolla, including fine arts, performing arts, art festivals, and lecture series.
By 1971, CAL was decentralized into subcommittees representing different units of programming including theatre and dance,
lectures, art, and music. Each of the subcommittees consisted of students and faculty and was responsible for its own budgets
The first acting chairman of the committee was Thomas Manar, a publicist for the Public Information Office. Other early committee
members included musician Sam Hinton and faculty member Donald Crothers. Other chairmen included David Antin, Fred B. Phelger,
John L. Stewart, T.W. Forbes, and W.L. Ogden.
The committee also managed a lecture series, co-sponsored with the San Diego Theatre and Arts Foundation, which brought distinguished
faculty, political figures, and civil rights activists to speak on campus. In partnership with Black Student Council, the
committee developed a program that addressed the issues of African Americans and Mexican Americans. Among the distinguished
speakers were César Chávez, Harrison Salisbury, John K. Galbraith, Henry A. Kissinger, Walter Reuther, Reis Lopez Tijerina,
Adam Clayton Powell, and Eldridge Cleaver.
The Committee for the Arts and Lectures were also interested in introducing students and the community at large to important
American writers, actors, artists, and scientists, and invited lecturers such as John Steinbeck, Julius Lester, John Cage,
and Marlon Brando to speak.
Scope and Content of the Collection
SERIES 1: SUBJECT FILES
The Subject Files of the Committee for Arts and Lectures (CAL) pertain to committee's general activities. Files contain annual
and event attendance reports, budget notes, meeting minutes, correspondence, program descriptions, and newspaper clippings
concerned with UCSD's performing arts and lectures series. Also included are materials documenting All-University Annual Student
Art Festival held in 1964-1966. Records are arranged alphabetically.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
University of California, San Diego--History--Archives.
University of California, San Diego. Committee for Arts and Lectures.
Performing arts archives