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Office of the Chancellor. Campus Expansion Files
RSS 0003  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Acquisition Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Publication Rights
  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Creator: University of California, San Diego. Office of the Chancellor
    Title: Office of the Chancellor. Campus Expansion Files,
    Date (inclusive): 1951 - 1964
    Extent: 2.80 linear feet (7 archives boxes)
    Abstract: Records (1951-1964) concerning the expansion of the La Jolla campus of the University of California, consisting largely of the correspondence of Roger Revelle, director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, dean of the School of Science and Engineering and first chief administrative officer of the University of California, San Diego. Materials include correspondence with the San Diego aerospace firm General Dynamics; files on facilities planning and campus building programs; materials concerning acquisition of property for campus expansion and negotiations with the City of San Diego; files on campus and system-wide committees; and, correspondence concerning the naming of the campus. The records are arranged in two series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE and 2) SUBJECT FILES.
    Repository: University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
    La Jolla, California 92093-0175
    Collection number: RSS 0003
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Acquisition Information

    Not Available

    Preferred Citation

    Office of the Chancellor. Campus Expansion Files, RSS 0003. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Administrative History

    The efforts to establish a branch of the University of California at San Diego progressed with the passage, on March 30, 1955, of a state assembly measure requesting the Regents to conduct a feasibility study for expanding the Scripps Institution campus or creating a new site. Support for the new campus came from influential local community and industrial interests, including the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, General Dynamics, Ryan Aeronautical, and Solar Aircraft. General Dynamics donated $100,000 toward the venture and pledged another $1 million.
    Roger Revelle, director (1950-1964) of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and his staff drafted a proposal that envisioned a largely graduate research institute in science and technology with a low faculty-student ratio and an eventual undergraduate student body.
    In 1958 William Pereira and Associates produced a site selection study that recommended the expansion of the La Jolla campus on San Diego city-owned pueblo lands. In September of 1959, the UC Regents requested funding from the legislature to build the School of Science and Engineering (Revelle College campus). Groundbreaking for the new campus commenced on May 18, 1961.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Campus Expansion Files consist largely of the correspondence and subject files of Roger Revelle, although a few items are from the office of Chancellor Herbert York. The materials are arranged in two series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE and 2) SUBJECT FILES.
    SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE
    The CORRESPONDENCE, arranged by subject and thereunder chronologically, includes correspondence with the San Diego aerospace firm General Dynamics (formerly Convair) concerning the firm's support for campus expansion and correspondence with the San Diego Chamber of Commerce concerning local business interest in the development of the campus.
    SERIES 2: SUBJECT FILES
    The SUBJECT FILES are arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder chronologically. They include correspondence, news clippings, reports, news releases, notes, memos, and miscellany. The files entitled "Campus Development and Expansion Plans" include studies of air traffic and noise in the proposed campus area and materials relating to the 1958 site selection study by the firm of William Pereira and Associates. Also included in the SUBJECT FILES are materials relating to the Campus Planning Committee; materials relating to San Diego city ballot measures which concerned donation of Pueblo lots to UCSD; materials relating to land acquisitions for campus expansion; correspondence relating to the naming of the campus; files on UC Regents meetings and conferences relating to campus expansion; and, minutes of meetings of the staff of the UC Vice-President for Business Affairs, 1953-1960.
    RELATED COLLECTIONS
    At the Scripps Institution of Oceanography: the Roger Revelle Papers, 1928-1976 [SIO MC 6]; and the records of the Office of the Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Revelle), 1930-1963 [SIO AC 11].

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    University of California, San Diego -- History -- Archives
    University of California, San Diego -- Administration
    University of California, San Diego -- Planning

    Contributors

    Revelle, Roger, 1909-
    Revelle, Roger, 1909- -- correspondent