The Finding Aid of the Pepperdine University Seaver College Records 0103

Finding aid prepared by Jamie Henricks
The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid was funded by the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA, 90263-4786
(310) 506-4434
March 2013

Title: Pepperdine University Seaver College records
Identifier/Call Number: 0103
Contributing Institution: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
Physical Description: 2.92 linear feet (3 boxes)
Date: circa 1970-2010
Abstract: The collection contains mostly printed material related to or created by Pepperdine University's undergraduate college, Seaver College, dating from approximately 1970 to 2010. Items include brochures and information about admissions, conferences, lectures, departments, and international programs; articles; handbooks; exam schedules; calendars; maps; photographs; Malibu campus history; and other materials.
Location note: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
Language of Materials: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Pepperdine University Seaver College records, Collection no. 0103, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were gathered from University Archives files.

Historical note

After George Pepperdine College made the transition to Pepperdine University on January 1, 1971, a second campus in Malibu opened to students on September 6, 1972. Of the first entering class of 867, there were 475 freshmen, the largest beginning class at Pepperdine up until that time. Prior to their arrival, the construction, completion, and dedication of the Malibu campus buildings had proceeded in rapid succession, just in time for the start of school. Though courses continued to be offered at the Los Angeles campus, the main undergraduate college of letters, arts, and sciences moved to Malibu. At the Malibu campus commencement ceremony on December 15, 1974, President William Banowsky announced that the liberal arts college at the Malibu Campus would be named the Frank R. Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Science, after the memory of the husband of Blanche Ebert Seaver, the Malibu Campus’ principal benefactor. The college was officially dedicated on April 20, 1975, and is currently shortened in name to Seaver College. Seaver College is the flagship college of Pepperdine University's five schools. Home to its residential undergraduate program in Malibu, California, the college enrolls approximately 3,000 baccalaureate students, offering 38 majors and 36 minors in traditional liberal arts curriculum based on a Christian worldview. More than half of Seaver College students study abroad, taking up residence in Pepperdine's six permanent facilities in Europe, South America, and Asia, or in additional programs worldwide. Students also compete in 14 NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports. Pepperdine athletic teams have won nine NCAA Division I Team Championships and more than 40 athletes have participated in the Olympics as a player or coach.

Scope and Content

The collection contains primarily printed material related to or created by Pepperdine University's undergraduate college, Seaver College. Though the undergraduate college was not officially dedicated and named until April 20, 1975, the collection includes materials about the undergraduate college at the Malibu campus beginning in 1972. Items include admissions information and brochures, posters, conference and lecture information, division and departmental information (such as the natural sciences, physical education, communications, and others), recruitment booklets, flyers, international programs information, articles and newspaper clippings, academic handbooks, final exam schedules, calendars, campus maps, photographs, and other materials. Some material on the history of Pepperdine's move to the Malibu campus is included, such as newspaper articles and reports. Also included are a few floppy disks and CDs for admissions applications. Materials range in date from approximately 1970 to 2010.

Related Archival Materials

Photographs, negatives, and slides related to Seaver College (such as commencements, events, students, and other topics) can also be found in the Pepperdine University Archives Photographs, Negatives, and Slides 0031, or online via the Pepperdine Digital Collections, in the University Archives Photograph Collection ( University publications created by Seaver College or undergraduate students can be found in the Pepperdine University Archives Publications 0064. Materials related to student life can be found in the Pepperdine University Student Life collection 0079.
Materials from Pepperdine's Los Angeles campus prior to 1972 can be found in the George Pepperdine College records 0087. Materials about other schools (such as graduate programs or extension programs) can be found in other University Archives collections. Materials related to the move to Malibu can also be found in the M. Norvel and Helen Young papers 0014, Howard A. White papers 0010, Blanche Ebert and Frank R. Seaver Papers 0008, and other collections.

Processing Information note

The collection was arranged and described by Jamie Henricks in March, 2013.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Pepperdine University.
Seaver College.
Christian universities and colleges--United States--History
Compact discs
Education, Higher--California--Malibu
Fliers (Printed matter)
Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Malibu (Calif.)--History
Universities and colleges--California--Malibu--History