Geography Department. Materials on the history of University of California Geography Departments.
Finding aid prepared by University Archives staff, 1986 July; finding aid revised by Katharine A. Lawrie, 2013 March; machine-readable
finding aid created by Katharine A. Lawrie, 2013 June.
UCLA Library Special Collections
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Los Angeles, CA, 90095-1575
Title: Geography Department. Materials on the history of University of California Geography Departments.
Identifier/Call Number: University Archives Record Series 33
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Record Series 33 contains accounts, notes, history and chronology of the development of geography education in the University
of California system and history of the geography Department at UCLA.
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[Identification of item], Geography Department. Materials on the history of University of California Geography Departments
(University Archives Record Series 33). UCLA Library Special Collections, University Archives.
Classes in Geography were offered when the Los Angeles State Normal School opened its doors in 1882. In 1985, the Geography
Department was formally established as an academic unit. Prior to 1919, when the Los Angeles State Normal School was incorporated
into the University of the California system, the Geography Department was primarily concerned with the training of secondary
school teachers. After 1920 more emphasis was placed on training of researcher and preparing students for graduate studies.
Graduate courses leading to the Masters of Art degree were to the department curriculum in 1934-1935; and the Doctoral program
was added in 1948-1949.
Scope and Content
Record Series 33 contains documents concerning the development of geography education in the University of California system
and history of the geography Department at UCLA. It includes: Geography staff assistant Ruth Baugh's accounts of the beginning
of geography education; Geography Professor Joseph Spencer's notes concerning the growth of graduate geography education;
Baugh and Spencer's chronology of the UCLA Geography Department; and Geography Professor Gary Dunbar's history of geography
education in the University of California system from 1868 to 1941.
This is an inactive Record Series; no additional University records are expected to be added.
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Box 1, Folder 1
"The beginning of geography in the U.C."
Box 1, Folder 2
"Notes on the growth of the graduate program".
Box 1, Folder 3
"A historical chronology of the Dept. of Geography, 1882-1972."
Box 1, Folder 4
"Notes on Dept. Philosophy and Question of Graduate Program."
Box 1, Folder 5
"Geography in the University of California, 1868-1941."
Box 1, Folder 6
"Notes on physical facilities provided the department."
Box 1, Folder 7
"Geography in the U.C., 1868-1941". Notes created for Gary Dunbar.