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The Finding Aid of the Pepperdine College Freedom Forum Records 0088
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Historical note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Processing Information note

  • Title: Pepperdine College Freedom Forum Records
    Identifier/Call Number: 0088
    Contributing Institution: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.26 linear feet (3 boxes)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1959-1971
    Date (inclusive): 1959-1985
    Abstract: The Pepperdine College Freedom Forum was a three day seminar on promoting and defending American values co-sponsored by Pepperdine College and the National Education Program held annually on campus from 1959 to 1971. The collection consists of brochures, programs, press releases, correspondence, speech transcripts, news clippings, interviews, and photographs. Materials in the collection range from 1959 to 1985.
    Location note: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language of Materials: Materials are in English.

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Pepperdine College Freedom Forum records, Collection no. 0088, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Materials were collected from the University Archives files.

    Historical note

    Freedom Forums began at Harding College in 1949, as a part of its National Education Program. The idea of the forum was to promote American ideals and values in the face of communist and socialist influences, while at the same time bringing influential people to the campus who might later become donors. The National Education Program began co-sponsoring Freedom Forums at other colleges throughout the United States, including Pepperdine College beginning in 1959, and continuing annually until 1971. The forum was occasionally called both the Pepperdine College Freedom Forum and the California Freedom Forum.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of printed and photographic materials related to the Freedom Forums held at Pepperdine from 1959 to 1971. Materials in the collection include brochures, programs, invitations, reports, press releases, correspondence, speech transcripts, news clippings, photographs, and a 1985 interview with M. Norvel Young discussing his motivation to establish Pepperdine's own Freedom Forums. Some speakers include George S. Benson, Senator John L. McClellan, Richard Arens, Walter Knott, General Albert C. Wedemeyer, William C. Sullivan, Dr. Nicholas Nyardi, and Charles E. Whittaker. Items in the collection range from 1959 to 1971, and one item dates from 1985.


    Items in the collection are arranged chronologically.

    Processing Information note

    The collection was arranged and described by Jessica Geiser and Jamie Henricks in February, 2013. Kendal Copeland, a Pepperdine Special Collections and University Archives Intern, added a folder list to the finding aid in December 2013, under the supervision of Katie Richardson.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Arens, Richard, 1921-
    Benson, George S. (George Stuart), 1898-1991
    California Freedom Forum.
    Harding College.
    Knott, Walter, 1889-1981
    McClellan, John L. (John Little), 1896-1977
    Nyardi, Nicholas
    Pepperdine College Freedom Forum.
    Pepperdine College.
    Sullivan, William C.
    Wedemeyer, Albert C. (Albert Coady), 1896-1989
    Whittaker, Charles Evans, 1901-1973
    Young, M. Norvel (Matt Norvel), 1915-
    Forums (Discussion and debate)
    Los Angeles (Calif.)--History
    Press releases
    Speeches, addresses, etc., American--20th century
    United States--Foreign relations
    United States--Politics and government
    Universities and colleges--History