The Finding Aid of the David Davenport Papers 0020

Finding aid prepared by Jamie Henricks and Katie Richardson
The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA, 90263-4786
(310) 506-4434
December 2011

Title: David Davenport papers
Identifier/Call Number: 0020
Contributing Institution: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.87 linear feet (3 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1968-2000
Abstract: The collection contains papers from David Davenport's time as president of Pepperdine University from 1985 to 2000, and includes earlier items from the president's office beginning in 1968. The collection contains donor files and subject/correspondence files on various topics. Items include mainly correspondence, photographs, and other printed materials such as brochures and reports.
Location note: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
Creator: Davenport, David, 1950-

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.
Items from the donor files will not be available for photographic reproduction.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], David Davenport papers, Collection no. 0020, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The exact date of acquisition is unknown, but it is likely the material was transferred at the conclusion of David Davenport's tenure as president of Pepperdine University in 2000.

Biographical note

David Davenport's tenure at Pepperdine University lasted from 1980 to 2008. He was a law and public policy professor, general counsel to the university, executive vice president, and the sixth president of the university.
He grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. He attended Stanford University for his undergraduate work in international relations, and interned two summers in Washington D.C., serving on the staff of Senator Robert Dole and later in the Executive Office of the White House. After graduating from Stanford University, he attended the University of Kansas for his law degree, earning national and international awards in the moot court competition. He was elected to the Order of the Coif and was an editor on the Kansas Law Review.
Davenport met his future wife, Sally Nelson, at Kansas' Overland Park Church of Christ, while he served as youth minister. They attended the University of Kansas together while he studied law and she completed her undergraduate degree in graphic design. In 1977 following graduation, the couple married on August 13, 1977, and moved to San Diego where David started work in corporate litigation for the San Diego law firm of Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye.
While in San Diego, Davenport took a year leave of absence from the law firm to fill a temporary ministerial vacancy at the nearby El Cajon Boulevard Church of Christ. During that year, Pepperdine came to his attention and he accepted an assistant professorship at Pepperdine's School of Law in 1980. One year later, he was named general counsel for the University and promoted to associate professor. In 1983, he was named executive vice president.
In 1985, Davenport was selected by the Board of Regents as the sixth president of Pepperdine University. He was 34 years old when he was inaugurated and had the distinction of being one of the youngest college presidents in the country at the time (Hugh Tiner and William Banowsky, other past Pepperdine presidents, did as well). His inaugural address, Lighting the Way, was given on October 21, 1985.
Davenport took part in multiple fundraising campaigns at Pepperdine, including the Wave of Excellence campaign, and the Challenged to Lead campaign from 1992 to 2000. With his leadership, the campaigns increased Pepperdine's endowment from $56 million in 1986 to more than $386 million in 2000.
During Davenport's time as president, many projects were undertaken, including the completion of the Thornton Administrative Center and major expansion of Payson Library; implementation of an overseas study program in Florence, Italy; the establishment of a doctor of psychology degree program and a Malibu M.B.A. program; several major building projects that involved the expansion of the Natural Science, Communication, and Business Administration Divisions; and the establishment of a fifth Pepperdine graduate school (the School of Public Policy) and its outreach arm, the Institute for Public Policy. One of the final tasks Davenport completed was the adoption of the mission statement of Pepperdine University.
Davenport stepped down after 15 years as President in 2000. To honor his achievements, the University endowed (with the help of regent Flora Laney Thornton and others) the David Davenport Institute for Public Policy. He then served as a Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Law at Pepperdine University from 2003 to 2008, and is now a research fellow and a counselor to the director of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University.

Scope and Content

The collection contains papers from David Davenport's time as president of Pepperdine University from 1985 to 2000, and includes earlier items from the president's office beginning in 1968. The collection contains donor files on 11 donors and subject/correspondence files on various topics. The donor files primarily contain correspondence about gifts to Pepperdine University, but the folders also include photographs and other materials such as a partial construction layout plan of the Eddy D. Field Baseball Stadium. Some items in the donor files are dated before Davenport's presidency as a result of certain individuals' long history with Pepperdine University. The subject/correspondence files contain correspondence, brochures, photographs, and other printed material related to Davenport's interests in higher education, Pepperdine University, and Malibu.


The collection's contents have been kept within their original folder groupings. Original folder and series titles were used to describe the materials when the titles could be deciphered. Otherwise, folder and series titles were assigned based on the contents. Folders are arranged alphabetically within each series. The collection is arranged in two series:
Series 1: Donor Files Series 2: Subject/Correspondence Files

Processing Information note

The collection was processed and described by Jamie Henricks in December 2011. The finding aid was updated by Katie Richardson in July, 2013.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Davenport, David, 1950- -- Archives
Denney, Corwin (Corwin D.), 1921-
Deukmejian, George
Dewey, Ray M.
Di Loreto, Edward
Douglas, Ione
Eltinge, George
Field, Eddy D.
Getty, Gordon
Hahn, Kenneth
Hammer, Armand, 1898-1990
National School Safety Center (U.S.).
Pepperdine University. Office of the President.
Pepperdine University. School of Public Policy.
Pepperdine University.
College presidents--California--Malibu
Malibu (Calif.)--History--20th century
Promotional films--California--Malibu
Real estate development--California--Malibu
Universities and colleges--California--Malibu--History

Box 1, Folder 1-13

Series 1: Donor Files 1968-2000

Box 1, Folder 1

Denney, Corwin 1977-1992

Box 1, Folder 2

Deukmejian, George 1983-1992

Box 1, Folder 3

Dewey, Ray 1985-1993

Box 1, Folder 4

Dewey, Ray and Christine Scholarship Fund 1986

Box 1, Folder 5

Di Loreto, Edward 1985-1997

Box 1, Folder 6

Douglas, Ione 1973-1999

Box 1, Folder 7

Eltinge, George 1991-1993

Box 1, Folder 8-9

Field, Eddy D. 1977-1994

Box 1, Folder 10

Getty, Gordon 1972-2000

Box 1, Folder 11

Hahn, Kenneth 1968-1992

Box 1, Folder 12-13

Hammer, Armand 1977-1989

Box 1, Folder 14-31, Box 2-3

Series 2: Subject/Correspondence Files 1987-1995

Box 1, Folder 14

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance 1991

Box 1, Folder 15

Articles by Davenport 1994-1998

Box 1, Folder 16

Christmas Greeting Cards

Box 1, Folder 17-18

Cultural Diversity and Minority Issues 1991-1992

Box 1, Folder 19

Cultural Enrichment Initiative 1991-1992

Box 1, Folder 20

Davenport Leaving Pepperdine 1999-2000

Box 1, Folder 21

Enrollment Profile 1993

Box 1, Folder 22-23

General Correspondence 1992-1995

Box 1, Folder 24

Higher Education Articles 1992

Box 1, Folder 25

Independent Colleges of Southern California 1989-1992

Box 1, Folder 26

KABC 1992

Box 1, Folder 27

Malibu (Pepperdine) Consumer Survey undated

Box 1, Folder 28

Malibu Land Development Newspaper Clippings 1987-1991

Box 1, Folder 29

Malibu Times 1990-1991

Box 1, Folder 30

Master's in Science and Technology Management (MSTM) Program 1990-1992

Box 1, Folder 31

Media Contact Information 1987-1990

Box 2, Folder 1-2

National School Safety Center 1990

Box 2, Folder 3

On-campus Housing 1990

Box 2, Folder 4

Personnel Policies 1990

Box 2, Folder 5

Photographs, Slides, and Negatives- Davenport and White

Box 2, Folder 6

Photographs, Slides, and Negatives- Davenport (Black and White)

Box 3, Folder 1

Photographs, Slides, and Negatives- Davenport (Color Shots)

Box 3, Folder 2

Photographs, Slides, and Negatives- Davenport Family

Box 3, Folder 3

Photographs, Slides, and Negatives- Davenport, Sally

Box 3, Folder 4

Photographs, Slides, and Negatives- Inauguration 1985

Box 3, Folder 5

Planned Giving 1993

Box 3, Folder 6

Presidential Replacement Search 1999

Box 3, Folder 7-9

Promotional Videos 1990-1995

Box 3, Folder 7

Interview Film Summaries for Challenged to Lead Production 1994

Box 3, Folder 8

Public Service Announcement Video Production Notes 1990

Box 3, Folder 9

Rose Productions Promotional Videos 1993-1995

Box 3, Folder 10

Public Affairs Meetings 1992

Box 3, Folder 11

Public Relations Association of Southern California Colleges (PRASCC) Mini-Conference 1992

Box 3, Folder 12

Publication M&M in Action 1993 January

Box 3, Folder 13

Publication The Davenport Years 2000

Box 3, Folder 14

Southern California Broadcasters Association (SCBA)/PIRATES 1991