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Melendy (H. Brett) Oral History Collection
MSS.2010.10.06  
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Biographical History
  • Related Material
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
    Title: H. Brett Melendy Oral History Collection
    creator: Melendy, H. Brett (1924-2008)
    creator: Gustafson, William F.
    creator: Burdick, Charles Burton, 1927-1998
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2010.10.06
    Physical Description: 10 boxes (12.5 linear feet)
    Date (inclusive): 1952-1991
    Abstract: The H. Brett Melendy Oral History Collection documents the experiences of various university administrators and faculty through oral history interviews. The collection consists of audio tapes and transcriptions, correspondence, typed and handwritten notes, and related files on specific departments and programs.

    Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright is assigned to the San José State University Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives. Copyright restrictions may apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    H. Brett Melendy Oral History Collection, MSS-2010-10-06, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Robert Donahue. Finding aid EAD encoded by Robert Donahue. Reviewed by Danelle Moon. Accruals added, and collection reorganized and rehoused, by Alexandra Lynch in 2017.

    Biographical History

    Born in Eureka, California, H. Brett Melendy (1924-2008) spent most of his life in California and Hawaii. He received his Master of Arts in Education in 1948 and his Doctorate in History in 1952 from Stanford University. During this time, he also taught high school in Fresno, California. Melendy began his academic career as a history professor at San José State College in 1955. He served in several positions including: Academic Council Faculty Chair; Associate Academic Vice President; Dean of Undergraduate Studies; History Department Chair; History Professor; Interim Academic Vice President; and University Archivist. Melendy also spent some of his academic career as an administrator and history professor in the University of Hawaii system in the 1970s. Melendy's published works include Chinese and Japanese Americans (1984); Asians in America: Filipinos, Koreans, and East Indians (1977); and The Governors of California: Peter H. Burnett to Edmund G. Brown (1965), as well as numerous scholarly articles.
    In 1983 Melendy was appointed as the University Archivist from 1983-1987 on a half-time basis, while also maintaining half-time responsibilities as the Director of the Engineering Institute in the Engineering Department. In this role, Melendy organized and conducted oral history interviews of select San José State University administrators and faculty. In 1987 the University Archivist position was eliminated. From 1987 to 1994, Melendy continued to work in the History and Engineering Departments, and in 1993 he was awarded Professor Emeritus status.

    Related Material

    San José State College Presidential Office Administrative Records 1899-1970, MSS-2009-04-01.
    San José State University Academic Senate Records 1952-2002, Collection No. MSS-2009-03-07.
    San José State University President's Office, Gail Fullerton Records 1950-1994, MSS-2009-04-03.
    San José State University President's Office, John Bunzel Records 1963-1984, MSS-2009-06-01.
    San José State University Faculty Papers of H. Brett Melendy, MSS-2009-05-01.
    San José State University President's Office, Robert D. Clark Records 1953-1969, MSS-2009-08-03.
    Dwight Bentel Papers, 1905-2006, MSS-2004-04-02.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The H. Brett Melendy Oral History Collection documents the experiences of various university administrators and faculty through oral history interviews. The interviewees include SJSU Presidents Jack Bunzel, Robert D. Clark, Gail Fullerton, and John T. Wahlquist, as well other university administrators and faculty members such as Dwight Bentel, Hobart Burns, William G. Sweeny, O.C. Williams, Mildred Winters, and others. The collection consists of audio tapes and transcriptions, correspondence, typed and handwritten notes, and related files on specific departments and programs.

    Arrangement

    The H. Brett Melendy Oral History Collection (1952-1991) is arranged into two series: Series I. Oral Histories, 1979-1991; Series II. Research Materials, 1952-1988.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Education, Higher -- California -- San Jose
    San José State University -- History
    California State University, San José -- History
    San Jose State College -- History
    San José State Teachers College -- History
    San José State University -- University Archivist -- History
    Oral histories
    Melendy, H. Brett (1924-2008)
    Bentel, Dwight
    Wahlquist, John T., 1899
    Bowman, Mary O.
    Ashe, Mary Rutledge
    Baird, Forrest J.
    Brazil, Burton R.
    Brown, James W. (James Wilson), 1913 September 18-1987
    Bunzel, John H., 1924
    Burns, Hobert W., 1925-2008
    Cakebread, Aarian
    Carr, Marie
    Clark, Robert D. (Robert Donald), 1910-2005.
    Cockrell, Loren
    Cumry, Alice A.
    Dumke, Glenn S.
    Dusel, William J.
    Fullerton, Gail Putney
    Gunderson, Norman O.
    Guttormsen, Glen
    Harcleroad, Fred F.
    Hubbard, Wilbur
    Hyde, Barney
    Jacobsen, Albert
    Jenkins, Robert
    Leonard, Thomas E., 1922-
    Lopez, Daniel C.
    Maruyama, Rose
    McCreath, Harrison
    McCallum, Alexander
    McPherson, Walter
    Palmer, Irene
    Pitman, Paul
    Rendahl, Milton
    Sicular, George M.
    Sweeney, William G.
    Thomas, Violet
    Titchenal, Robert
    Vandergron, Lucy
    Vessel, Matthew F.
    Wahlquist, Grace Dorius
    Walker, Charles L.
    Wheeler, Gerald E.
    Williams, Clinton
    Winters, Mildred Gentry
    Wright, Milburn D.
    Vasconcellos, Hank
    Gustafson, William F.
    Wool, Jack
    Whitaker, Jerry C.
    Dieu, Joe
    Carmick, Edward Seabury
    Thornton, James W.
    Burdick, Charles Burton, 1927-1998