Guide to the Campus Site Selection Documents, 1960-1968

Processed by Anna DeVore; supplementary encoding and revision supplied by Xiuzhi Zhou.
Department of Archives and Special Collections, University Library
California State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3895
Fax: (310) 516-4219
URL: http://archives.csudh.edu
© 2001
California State University, Dominguez Hills. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Campus Site Selection Documents, 1960-1968

Archives and Special Collections, University Library



Carson, California

Contact Information:

  • Department of Archives and Special Collections
  • University Library
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • 1000 E. Victoria Street
  • Carson, California 90747
  • Phone: (310) 243-3895
  • Fax: (310) 516-4219
  • URL: http://archives.csudh.edu
Processed by:
Anna DeVore
Date Completed:
April 1979
© 2001 California State University, Dominguez Hills. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Campus Site Selection Documents,
Date (inclusive): 1960-1968
Creator: California State University Dominguez Hills
Extent: 10 boxes
Repository: Department of Archives and Special Collections.

University Library.

California State Library, Dominguez Hills.
Carson, California 90747
Language: English.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Campus Site Selection Documents, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills.

History

California State University Dominguez Hills was established by the legislature of the state of California in 1960 as a branch of the California State College system to serve southwest Los Angeles. Its first name, South Bay State College, was chosen to reflect that orientation. Its first president, Leo F. Cain, was appointed in January, 1962, and consulting architect and the college planning staff were appointed later that year.
The process of selecting a site took over five years. Suggestions for possible sites were solicited and the responses were such that, at one time or another, over forty possible sites were considered. The major early contenders for the college were the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the City of Torrance, and the Fox Hills area near Culver City. Disputes over the relative merits and drawbacks of these and other sites involved local city councils, businessmen, citizens' groups, the State College Trustees, local State Senators and the college's planning staffs. Reports and counter-reports, resolutions and counter-resolutions, charges and counter-charges, and reams of correspondence for and against various sites bear witness to the heat of the controversy. The press had a field day. It was not until the fall of 1965, when the college, now named California State College at Palos Verdes, had already opened to a limited number of students in rented facilities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula that the Dominguez Hills site, a relatively new contender, was selected.
Beginning this collection and providing considerable aid in sorting out the tangle of events through 1965 are chronological histories of the site selection process compiled by the college planning staff. In addition to material documenting controversial issues and wide citizen involvement in the site selection debate, the collection contains considerable material, mostly in the form of site reports, illustrating the importance of geographic, demographic, seismological, transportational, economic, political, social, and even aesthetic considerations employed in efforts to influence the decision of the Trustees. Also included are documents concerning the acquisition of the Dominguez Hills site, including numerous maps and photographs of the site.

Scope and Content

Includes: Published background sources, Trustees minutes, site reports, maps, photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings.

Summary of Arrangement

Folder 1
Chronological histories of site selection
Folder 2
Site criteria
Folder 3-28
General site proposals, reports and data, maps, correspondence; materials on two or more sites
Folder 29-59
Reports, correspondence, etc., on specific sites, arranged alphabetically
Folder 29-30
Del Amo
Folder 31-31d
Dominguez Hills
Folder 32
Fort MacArthur
Folder 33-40
Fox Hills
Folder 41
Friendship Park
Folder 42
Lynwood
Folder 43
Nortronics
Folder 44-49
Palos Verdes
Folder 50
Playa del Rey
Folder 51
Rancho San Pedro
Folder 52
Rolling Hills
Folder 53-59
Torrance

Bound reports, labeled A-S, are interfiled throughout.
Collection assembled from contributions from various sources, including: Office of the President, CSCPV (DH); Office of the Vice President, Academic Affairs, CSCPV (DH); Office of the Trustees, California State Colleges; Office of the Chancellor, California State Colleges; Office of the Governor, State of California. Acquired 1976.
Numerals in the left column refer to folders; letters refer to bound reports or other publications not placed in folders.
Box 1, Folder 1

A CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY OF SITE SELECTION FOR THE CSC AT PALOS VERDES, revised 4 Nov 1965, report by Facilities Planning Office, CSCPV

 

CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY OF SITE ACQUISITIONS, California State Colleges and CSCPV, 5 Feb 1965

 

Transcript of letter from Thomas S. Bullock, Building Program Coordinator, CSCPV (DH), 12 Jan 1979, on site selection process

Othertype A

A STUDY OF THE NEED FOR ADDITIONAL STATE COLLEGES IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY, report prepared by the Joint Staff for the Liaison Committee of the California State Board of Education and the Regents of the University of California, Dec 1958

Folder 2

Site Criteria-SOUTH BAY STATE COLLEGE: FACTORS IN SITE SELECTION, report by the California State Department of Education, Oct 1960

 

CRITERIA FOR LOCATION OF NEW STATE COLLEGES (CSC Trustees)

Folder 3

South Bay Site Selection-Correspondence, reports, data, hearing schedules, etc., from the Office of Facilities Planning, California State College, Dec 1962-Jun 1963

Folder 4

Correspondence from the files of Don B. Leiffer, of CSC Trustees Office, regarding South Bay State College, Feb-Apr 1961

Folder 5

Site Proposals from various sources, Apr 1960-May 1962

Folder 6

Correspondence from various organizations and individuals suggesting state college sites in their area, Aug 1962-Nov 1963

Folder 7

Site Proposals-Gardena and Torrance, Dec 1960-Jan 1961

Folder 8

General Correspondence regarding site reviews and suggestions for sites, Oct 1961-Aug 1963

Box 2, Folder 9

Maps of South Bay area and various proposed sites, 1960

Folder 10

Site Evaluations, preliminary-PRELIMINARY SITE REVIEW, SOUTH BAY STATE COLLEGE, report prepared by Harry Harmon, 31 May 1962

 

SOUTH BAY STATE COLLEGE PRELIMINARY SITE EVALUATION, Jones and Emmons Consulting Architects, 1 Jul 1962

Othertype B

PRELIMINARY OUTLINE FOR GATHERING AND ANALYZING INFORMATION FOR PRESENTATION REPORT ON SITE SELECTION FOR SOUTH BAY STATE COLLEGE, report prepared by Jones and Emmons, 24 Jul 1962

Othertype C

SOUTH BAY STATE COLLEGE, PALOS VERDES PENINSULA. CRITERIA FOR LOCATION OF NEW STATE COLLEGES, report from unknown source.

 

With aerial photographs of Torrance and Palos Verdes sites, [Spring 1962?].

Othertype D

PEAK HOUR DRIVING STUDY: METROPOLITAN LOS ANGELES, report by Engineering Department, Automobile Club of Southern California, 22 May 1962

Othertype E

TWO POSSIBLE SITES FOR SOUTH BAY STATE COLLEGE: TORRANCE AND PALOS VERDES PENINSULA, report by College Facilities Planning Office, CSC, and South Bay State College; and Jones and Emmons, Mar 1962

Othertype F

SOUTH BAY STATE COLLEGE: TWO POSSIBLE SITES: TORRANCE AND PALOS VERDES PENINSULA, report by College Facilities Planning Office, CSC, South Bay State College, and Jones and Emmons. With maps and photographs, 1 Nov 1962

Othertype G

LIST OF 20 SITES, 13 Apr 1963, and 23 Jul 1965

Box 3, Othertype H

CALIFORNIA STATE COLLEGE AT PALOS VERDES: A BRIEF EVALUATION OF 42 PROPOSED SITES, 1962-65, report by Planning Staffs of CSC and CSCPV and Jones and Emmons, 1 Sep 1965

Othertype I

PROPERTY VALUATION DATA ON COLLEGE SITES IN SOUTHWEST LOS ANGELES, supplement to report of 1 Sep 1965

Othertype J

CALIFORNIA STATE COLLEGE AT PALOS VERDES. A BRIEF SUMMARY OF THREE PROPOSED SITES: FRIENDSHIP PARK, TORRANCE, DOMINGUEZ HILLS, report by College Facilities Planning, CSC, Administrative and Planning Office, CSCPV; G. Shuirman and Associates; Converse Foundation Engineering; and Jones and Emmons, 13 Oct 1965

Folder 11

State Public Works Board hearing on site--Log of meetings regarding south Bay site, Nov 1962 - Sep 1963

Folder 12

State Public Works Board site tour, South Bay and Palos Verdes, 15-16 Aug 1963

Folder 13

Correspondence, memos, minutes, and data regarding site selection, 1962-65

Folder 14

Correspondence and other materials regarding Palos Verdes, Torrance, and Dominguez Hills sites, 1962-65, from CSC College Facilities Planning Office.

Folder 15

Site studies, correspondence, and data on Palos Verdes, Torrance, and other sites, 1961-65, from CSC College Facilities Planning Office

Folder 16

Traffic feasibility--Palos Verdes and Torrance--Correspondence, reports, etc., Jun 1962 - Nov 1965

Box 4, Folder 17

Correspondence, notes, brief reports, etc., on various sites (mostly Palos Verdes), 1962-63, from CSC College Facilities Planning Office

Folder 18

Correspondence, news articles, Trustees agenda items, maps, notes, from CSC College Facilities Planning Office, Jan 1964 - Aug 1965

Folder 19

Correspondence, reports, etc., from Vice Chancellor Muchmore's file (various sources), 1960-63

Folder 20-21

Correspondence regarding site, forwarded to Chancellor's Office, Feb 1961 - Sep 1963

Box 5, Folder 22-23

Chancellor Dumke's replies to correspondence regarding site selection, Mar - May 1963

Folder 24-27

Correspondence to Governor Brown regarding choice of South Bay site, 1963

Box 6, Folder 28

News articles, press releases, etc., regarding South Bay site; 1963

 

SPECIFIC SITES

Folder 29-30

Del Amo--Correspondence, maps, site reports, etc., 1962-65

 

ENGINEERING REPORT OF THE DEL AMO SITE, by G. Shuirman and Associates, (no date)

Folder 31

Dominguez Hills--Feasibility report, May 1965; correspondence, reports, data, news articles, etc.,

Folder 31a

Dominguez Hills--Maps (and transmitting correspondence), 1965-68

Folder 31b

Dominguez Hills--Photographs, including 24 large aerial photographs, 10 panoramic views made by attaching several consecutive prints, 22 single prints, negatives, ca. 1965

Folder 31c

Dominguez Hills-Newspaper clippings, 1965-66

Folder 31d

Dominguez Hills--Acquisition, 1965-67

Folder 32

Fort MacArthur--Correspondence, reports, Jul - Aug 1965

Folder 33

Fox Hills-- Correspondence regarding Fox Hills site study, from Chancellor Dumke's Office files, Mar - Jun 1963

Box 7, Folder 34

Fox Hills--Letters favorable to Fox Hills site, Mar - May 1963

Folder 35

Fox Hills--Photographs, reports, correspondence, Aug 1962 - May 1963

Folder 36

Fox Hills-Facilities Planning Office reports, correspondence, Mar - Jun 1963

Folder 37

Fox Hills--Maps, Mar 1963

Folder 38

Fox Hills--Off-Campus facilities--Reports and correspondence, Mar 1963

Folder 39

Fox Hills--Soil Studies, correspondence, Mar - Jun 1963

Folder 40

Fox Hills--Ladera Heights Civic Association--correspondence and other materials regarding the controversial meeting of 18 Mar 1963, from Vice Chancellor Muchmore's files, Apr 1962 - Apr 1963

Box 8, Folder 41

Friendship Park--Report, correspondence, maps, Apr 1961 - Nov 1965

Folder 42

Lynwood--Correspondence, Sep 1965

Folder 43

Palos Verdes--Nortronics improvements--Reports on possibility of conversion of the research facility to a college, Oct and Nov 1964

Othertype K

A STUDY OF SITE SELECTION FACTORS AS RELATED TO THE PALOS VERDES PENINSULA, report by Larry Smith and Company, Seattle, 30 Mar 1961

Othertype L

SOUTH BAY STATE COLLEGE: PALOS VERDES SITE STUDY, report by Albert C. Martin and Associates, Los Angeles, 17 May 1961

Othertype M

A RECONNAISSANCE SOIL STUDY, CALIFORNIA STATE COLLEGES, PALOS VERDES SITE, report by L.T. Evans, Inc., Foundation Engineers for California State Colleges, Los Angeles, 14 Jun 1963

Othertype N

SOUTH BAY STATE COLLEGE: SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT WITH DATA AND PERTINENT INFORMATION REGARDING THE PROPOSED SITE AREA ON PALOS VERDES PENINSULA, report by Jones and Emmons, 8 Jul 1963

Othertype O

TRAFFIC FEASIBILITY REPORT FOR PALOS VERDES PENINSULA SITE, by James H. Hardy, Consulting Traffic Engineer, 5 Jul 1963

Folder 44

Palos Verdes--Maps, (no date)

Folder 45

Palos Verdes--Photographs, 1963-64

Folder 46

Palos Verdes--Zoning, 1962-64

Folder 47-48

Palos Verdes--Correspondence regarding the site, 1961-65, from President Cain's file

Folder 49

Palos Verdes--Resolutions and letters regarding the site, miscellaneous notes; Feb 1961 - Mar 1965

Box 9, Folder 50

Playa del Rey--Questionnaire, maps, Aug - Oct 1965

Folder 51

Rancho San Pedro--Map, (no date)

Folder 52

Rolling Hills--Correspondence, reports

 

ROLLING HILLS, report submitted by the City of Torrance, with cover letter from Torrance City Manager, 23 Aug 1965

 

PRELIMINARY FOUNDATION INVESTIGATION, CSCPV SITE, ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, report ny L.T. Evans, Inc., Foundation Engineers for California State Colleges, Los Angeles, 3 Feb 1965

Othertype P

Torrance--STUDY: SOUTH BAY STATE COLLEGE, report prepared by the City of Torrance, (ca. late 1962)

Othertype Q

Torrance--Material submitted for the Trustees of California State Colleges, by the Torrance Chamber of Commerce, with cover letter dated 15 May 1962

Othertype R

Torrance--CITY OF TORRANCE, CAPITOL (sic) CITY OF THE SOUTHWEST: APPRAISAL AND INVENTORY OF SITE FACTORS FOR THE PROPOSED STATE COLLEGE IN THE CITY OF TORRANCE, (ca. mid 1962)

Othertype S

Torrance--PRELIMINARY FOUNDATION INVESTIGATION--TORRANCE SITE, report by L.T. Evans, Inc., 10 Jul 1963

Othertype T

Torrance--TRAFFIC FEASIBILITY REPORT--TORRANCE SITE, By James H. Hardy, 25 Sep 1963

Folder 53

Torrance-- Maps, (no date)

Folder 54

Torrance--ANALYSIS OF CITY OF TORRANCE'S SOUTH BAY STATE COLLEGE SITE REPORT, by Jones and Emmons, and additional data, Jan - Feb 1963

Box 10, Folder 55

Torrance--Site proposal submitted by Chanslor-Western Oil and Development Company; correspondence, reports, Oct 1962 - Jun 1963

Folder 56-57

Torrance--Correspondence, news articles, May 1962 - Aug 1963

Folder 58

Torrance--Correspondence, Jan 1962 - Aug 1965

Folder 59

Torrance--Correspondence regarding controversy over site selection; resolutions from various organizations urging a decision, Jul 1963 - Jun 1965