This collection contains memorandums,
correspondence, bulletins, minutes, administrative records, and other materials pertaining
to California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) from the mid 1960s through the early
2000s. Materials were collected by Arthur E. Nelson, the first College Librarian at CSUSB,
and provide a snapshot into the early history of the university.
Arthur E. Nelson was appointed the first College Librarian at CSUSB on April 1, 1963.
Nelson's title was later changed to Library Director in 1972, a post he would hold until
March 31, 1988 when he returned to the ranks as Librarian. As the longest tenured library
director in the California State University system, Nelson oversaw the growth of the CSUSB
library for more than two decades and was instrumental in building the library's initial
50,000 volume collection. He was also responsible for establishing this collection of
materials which would serve as a starting point for the University Archives which were later
named in his honor. Nelson fully retired from the university in 1991 and later passed away
on September 25, 2003 at the age of 76.
18.0 Linear Feet
(9 file cabinet drawers)
Copyright Unknown: Some materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright
Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction, and/or commercial use, of some
materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and
publicity rights, licensing agreement(s), and/or trademark rights. Distribution or
reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires
the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply,
permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also
required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with
This collection is open for research.