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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biography
  • Chronology
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Bibliography
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Floyd R. Erickson papers
    Dates: 1959-2001
    Collection number: Col-15
    Creator: Erickson, Floyd R.
    Collection Size: 1.5 cubic feet
    Repository: California State University, East Bay. University Archives
    Hayward, California 94542
    Abstract: The Floyd Erickson Papers collection contains professional and personal correspondence concerning Floyd Erickson, the first University Librarian.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the University Archives at California State University, East Bay. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the University Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    Floyd R. Erickson papers, Col-15, University Archives, California State University, East Bay, Hayward, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Records were transferred by the Office of the University Librarian.

    Processing Information

    Originally process by Lucielle Klovdahl (date unknown); collection rehoused and finding aid created by Collin Thorman, 2011.


    Appointed to the position of University Librarian in 1959 by Fred Harcleroad, Floyd R. Erickson received his Bachelor of Education from the State Teachers College in Wisconsin, a Bachelor of Science in Library Science from the University of Minnesota, and his M.A. from Long Beach State College. During his first year as University librarian, he organized the acquisition of 5,700 volumes with a staff of approximately four people. He corresponded closely with many State College libraries, public libraries, and political figures (notably, Congressman George P. Miller) to acquire materials for student and faculty use. Throughout his 21-year tenure as University Librarian, Erickson saw the Library shift from a small office at Sunset High School,to a locker room at the Hayward Union High School building, to a small room in the Science Building, to its current location at the California State University, East Bay Hayward Campus. He also developed a strong connection with Henry Evans, a printer whose artwork has been displayed in the Library for many years. In 1980 he retired and was succeeded by Melissa Rose as the University Librarian and passed away on January 24, 2008.


    1940 Bachelor of Education at State Teachers College, Superior, Wisconsin
    1946 Bachelor of Library Science at University of Minnesota
    1958 M.A. Long Beach State College
    1959 Appointed University Librarian for Alameda County State College
    1980 Retired from California State College at Hayward; awarded emeritus status
    2008 Passed away on January 24

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Floyd R. Erickson Papers collection contains professional and personal correspondence during Erickson's tenure as University Librarian. Correspondence with various university officials and congresspersons is included and discusses various aspects of administering the University Library. Also included is personal correspondence, primarily with the artist, Henry Evans.


    Arranged in two series by type, and within the series by chronology: Series 1: Professional Correspondence, Series 2: Personal Correspondence.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    California State University, East Bay
    Academic library directors
    Evans, Henry Herman, 1918-1990


    California State University at Hayward Catalog, 1980. (Hayward, CA: California State University, Hayward, 1980).

    Related Material

    Fred Harcleroad Papers (Collection 12)