This collection documents the history of Kresge College from its inception to the early
2000s, and primarily comprises early college planning documents, administrative records and
correspondence, event-related ephemera, and recordings of commencements, lectures, and other
events on DVD, VHS, and cassette tape.
Kresge College is a residential college in the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Founded in 1971 as an experiment in participatory democracy and community-building, Kresge
was originally collectively planned and managed by faculty, administrators, and students.
Early curriculum centered on humanistic psychology, women's studies, and environmental
studies. Prominent early faculty include the theorist Gregory Bateson, and Beat poet William
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