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Finding aid for the History of Consciousness Board Records
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Collections

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: History of Consciousness Board records
    Dates: 1966-1994
    Collection number: UA 78
    Creator: History of Consciousness Dept
    Collection Size: 1 linear foot (2 half cartons)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. University Archives
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Abstract: This small collection contains early correspondence, essays, articles, and class material related to the History of Consciousness program at UCSC.
    Physical location: Stored at Special Collections & Archives.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    History of Consciousness Board records. UA 78. University Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Various campus sources.

    Administrative History

    The History of Consciousness program is an interdisciplinary graduate program in the humanities with links to the sciences, social sciences, and arts at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
    The program was started in 1966 (the first year of the Santa Cruz campus) by small group of faculty members, including the American historian Page Smith, philosopher Maurice Natanson, culture theorist Harry Berger, Jr., and psychology professor Bert Kaplan, who approached the University of California system-wide Graduate Council with a proposal for a new type of graduate program for the new campus. According to the founding Chancellor of the campus, Dean McHenry, they did not consult with him and the program was approved without his input.
    For over a decade, there were no direct faculty appointments to the program and all faculty teaching in the program was done by members of established Boards of Studies (at the time, the UC Santa Cruz equivalent of departments). This led to problems in budgeting and program continuity, and coupled with the innovative interdisciplinary nature of the program, it also presented challenges in placing History of Consciousness graduates in teaching jobs. The appointment of Norman O. Brown as Professor of Humanities in 1968 was in part intended to address some of these concerns.
    Historians Hayden White and James Clifford were among the first faculty members directly appointed to the department. White joined the faculty as Professor of History of Consciousness and Chair of the Board in July, 1978, having been recruited by then-Chancellor Angus Taylor to bring stability to the program. Under White's leadership, the program grew in the early 1980's to become one of the intellectual centers of theoretical innovation in the humanities and social sciences in the United States.
    The History of Consciousness Department currently offers a Ph.D. program that operates at the intersection of established and emergent disciplines and fields, acquainting students with leading intellectual trends in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Intellectual projects are problem based and draw upon diverse theoretical approaches.
    [Administrative History excerpted from the History of Consciousness Department website and Wikipedia entry.]

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains significant material from the early 1970's pertaining to the running of the program, as well as reviews that were conducted in 1986 and 1994. There are also brochures and information on class offerings.


    Arranged chronologically.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    University of California, Santa Cruz - History of Consciousness Dept
    University of California, Santa Cruz - Curricula

    Related Collections

    MS 35 Norman O. Brown Papers.