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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
  • Related Archival Materials

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
    Title: Pepperdine University Libraries Records
    Identifier/Call Number: 0076
    Physical Description: 7.3 Linear Feet (8 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1937-2013
    Abstract: The collection contains materials produced by or about Pepperdine libraries between 1937 and 2013. The libraries represented are the George Pepperdine College Library (Los Angeles campus); Payson Library and the School of Law library (Malibu campus); and the Orange County Center library. Items include correspondence and memos, subject files, photographs, library newsletters, annual reports, and audiocassettes.
    Physical Location: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.
    Container: 1 - 15

    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 University Libraries records, Collection no. 0076, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Materials were gathered from University Archives files.

    Historical note

    When George Pepperdine College opened in the fall of 1937, there was no library building and no librarian. The registrar, J. Herman Campbell, purchased the initial order of books, which faculty chose by selecting titles from Charles Shaw's A List of Books for College Libraries. The basement of the President's home on campus served as a staging area for library book processing, and two rooms in the administration building served as the library for the first school year, 1937-1938.
    Marian Wright was the first librarian at George Pepperdine College during the school year 1937-1938. After resigning in June, 1938, she was replaced by David Otis Kelley. Kelley stayed from 1938 until approximately 1945, when his duties as Librarian were temporarily taken over by other campus library staff including Pearl Ward and Marian Pedigo. Robert Broadus was the librarian from approximately 1947 to 1953. A library building was eventually built on the Los Angeles campus, and the library staff published their own newsletter to broadcast information to faculty and students (the George Pepperdine College Library Bulletin, and later Views and Previews From Your George Pepperdine College Library).
    Other staff at various times included Harold Holland (as a librarian in the 1950s, and as Library Director from 1981 to 1989), Dorothy W. Moore (a librarian and eventual Library Director), Terry Leung (a librarian), Robert (Bob) Sanders (an archivist), Herbert (Herb) Gore (an archivist), and James Smythe (an archivist). As of 2013, the current Dean of Libraries is Mark Roosa.
    A library at the Pepperdine University campus in Malibu (Payson Library) was dedicated on October 15, 1972, in the fall of the first year students came to the Malibu campus. There are also other libraries on campus in Malibu, libraries on satellite campuses, and libraries at study abroad locations.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains primarily correspondence, printed material, and photographs produced by or about the Pepperdine libraries. The libraries represented are the George Pepperdine College Library (on the Los Angeles Campus); Payson Library and the School of Law library (on the Malibu campus); and the Orange County Center library. Items in the collection include correspondence and memos to and from library staff, subject files, administrative files, multiple newsletters written for distribution to students and library stakeholders, annual reports, and audiocassette recordings of librarian meetings. Materials range in date from 1937 to 2013.


    The collection is arranged in the following five series:
    Series 1: Correspondence Series 2: Subject Files Series 3: Bulletins and Newsletters Series 4: Annual Reports Series 5: Audiocassettes Series 6: Photographs

    Processing Information note

    The collection was arranged and described by Jamie Henricks in February, 2013. Photographs were added to the collection by Kelsey Knox in July, 2015.

    Related Archival Materials

    There are materials related to the library in the Harold E. Holland papers 0035 (from when Holland was Director of Libraries from 1981 to 1989). Photographs, negatives, and slides related to the libraries 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 (http://pepperdine.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History
    Malibu (Calif.) -- History
    Fliers (Printed matter)
    Annual reports
    Administrative records
    Library administration -- California -- History
    Leung, Terry
    Moore, Dorothy W.
    Pedigo, Marian
    Kelley, David Otis
    Ward, Pearl Lewis
    Smythe, James Erwin
    Broadus, Robert N.
    Baxter, Batsell Barrett
    Hinckley, M.P.
    Gore, Herbert (Herb)
    Pepperdine University
    Pepperdine University. Pepperdine University Libraries
    Wright, Marian
    Pepperdine College
    Holland, Harold E.