Guide to the Arnold Joyal Papers, 1940-1995

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Sanoian Special Collections Library
California State University, Fresno
5200 North Barton Avenue M/S ML 34
Fresno, California 93740-8014
Phone: (559) 278-2595
Fax: (559) 278-6952
© 1998
California State University, Fresno. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Arnold Joyal Papers, 1940-1995

Sanoian Special Collections Library

Henry Madden Library

Fresno, California

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  • Sanoian Special Collections Library
  • California State University, Fresno
  • 5200 North Barton Avenue M/S ML 34
  • Fresno, California 93740-8014
  • Phone: (559) 278-2595
  • Fax: (559) 278-6952
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Processed by:
Hülya Reshad
Date Completed:
Encoded by:
James Lake
© 1998 California State University, Fresno. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Arnold Joyal Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1940-1995
Creator: Joyal, Arnold, 1902-1999
Extent: 1.5 linear foot
Audiovisual: One reel-to-reel videotape in box 4.
Photographs: In box 1.
Repository: Henry Madden Library (California State University, Fresno).

Sanoian Special Collections Library.
Fresno, California
Language: English.

Administrative Information


The papers were donated by Arnold Joyal in 1996.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has been transferred to California State University, Fresno.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Arnold Joyal Papers, Sanoian Special Collections Library, California State University, Fresno.


Arnold Edward Joyal was born on October 13, 1902, in Quebec, Canada. At the University of California, Berkeley, Joyal received a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. Joyal remained in the field of education throughout his professional life and began his career in 1926 as a teacher and later as the principal of Union High School in Wheatland, California. He taught at many schools and universities and led as the Dean of the College of Education at the University of Oklahoma between 1945 and 1948 and the third President of Fresno State College (now California State University, Fresno) between 1948 and 1964.
Joyal also served as a specialist in school finance with the United States Office of Education in Washington D.C. from 1931 to 1933. He remained actively interested in this area and was made chairman of the National Education Association (NEA) Committee of Tax Education and School Finance. He also wrote widely in the field of education and contributed numerous articles to educational journals. Arnold Joyal died on May 28, 1999.

Scope and Content

The Arnold Joyal papers measure 1.5 linear foot and date from 1940 to 1996. The papers predominantly cover Joyal's professional life and are arranged into two series: Personal and Professional.
The Personal series (1923, 1945-1995) contains various profiles of Joyal's personal and professional achievements. Starting in 1950, Arnold Joyal and his wife began to send newsletters to family and friends at the start of each new year in place of Christmas cards. The letters contain brief outlines of various important events of the Joyal family over the previous year. There is a photograph of Joyal's seventy-year reunion at the University of California at Berkeley in 1995 and a certificate to celebrate the event and also a photograph of Joyal at a conference in 1923 while still a student at Berkeley. Joyal was also a member of The Academy, a society where prominent Fresnans met once a month to discuss contemporary issues. There are two of Joyal's topical papers which he read at those meetings.
The Professional series (1940-1988) contains appointment diaries which Joyal kept over the course of thirty years documenting his day-to-day personal and professional activities. This section predominantly covers the time period when Joyal was president of Fresno State College. The newspaper clippings as well as the speeches and reports all describe events and achievements at Fresno State College during his presidency.
Throughout his professional career Joyal published articles which dealt with education and increasing federal support for schools. He also wrote reports and gave speeches on these issues while at the University of Oklahoma. In 1971 Joyal was invited by the Board of Trustees at Golden Gate College to write a report on the organization and management of the College as an objective outsider. In addition, there are miscellaneous writings on democracy, individuality and the social sciences. His interest was not restricted to education in the United States. He also went on study tours to observe the educational standards and techniques of other countries.

Additional Information

Printed Works by Joyal in the University Archives

The California State University, Fresno Foundation: a History from 1931 to 1976. Fresno: Pioneer Publishing, 1977.
Factors Relating to the Establishment of Junior Colleges with Special Reference to California. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1932.

Related Collections

  • Title: The Academy records

    A few of the topical papers that Joyal read at the meetings of the Fresno Club can be found in their records. They are not duplicated in his papers.

Container List



Box Box 1

Certificate of Appreciation, 1952


Family New Year's letters, 1950-1995


Profiles, 1945-1950, 1965


Seventy-year reunion (includes one photograph), 1995


The Academy (topical papers), 1952, 1954


Photograph (Asilomar YMCA conference), 1923



Box Box 1

Appointment diaries






California State University, Hayward


Retirement photographs, 1973


California State University system


Oral account of origins, 1988

Box Box 2

Education in America


Journal articles, 1942-1951, 1957, 1960


A Report on the Costs of Higher Education in California, 1960-1975, 1960.


Speeches, 1940, 1949, 1956-1958


University of Oklahoma


Reports, 1940, 1943, 1945


Speeches, 1946, 1947, 1949, undated


Fresno State College


Bird, Wesley correspondence, 1949, 1959




General information (includes inauguration program), 1949, 1965, and undated


Certificates, 1949, 1962, 1964 [1 oversize: in box 4]


Newspaper clippings, 1948-1964 [1 oversize scrapbook: in box 4]






1957-1964, and undated


Plaques, 1964 [oversize: in box 4]




1951, 1954, 1957, 1960-1964

Box Box 3

Retirement, 1964


Undated (2 folders) [oversize photographs: in box 4]


Golden Gate College review (includes one letter), 1971


Miscellaneous writings, undated


Study tours


Colombia (includes Spanish translation), 1967


Germany, 1964


Munich and Bremen (includes two photographs)


Bremen photograph album [oversize: in box 4]




Impressions of Russia (reel-to-reel audiotape), 1958


Reports (includes two newspaper clippings and one photograph), 1957

Box Box 4 - Oversize



Fresno State College


Plaques, 1964


Study tours




Bremen photograph album, 1964