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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
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Melissa Rose papers
    Dates: 1980-1997
    Collection number: Col-16
    Creator: Rose, Melissa
    Collection Size: 0.8 cubic feet 2 letter size boxes
    Repository: California State University, East Bay. University Archives
    Hayward, California 94542
    Abstract: This collection contains the papers of Melissa Rose during her tenure as 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

    Melissa Rose papers, Col-16, University Archives, California State University, East Bay, Hayward, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Records were transferred by the Office of the University Librarian.

    Processing Information

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


    Melissa Rose became University Librarian in 1980 after the retirement of Floyd R. Erickson. Rose was initially hired as an Education Librarian in 1964 and later served as Head of Public Services. After becoming University Librarian she immediately took to assessing and streamlining Library services, rearranging the departmental structure, organizing book sales, and starting a large weeding project. Unfortunately, Melissa Rose was also faced with many problems soon after beginning as University Librarian as well. She quelled a small kerfuffle over student behavior in the Biella Room, which eventually led to its closure to the public, and during a minor roof repair in 1988, a large chunk of asbestos fell in the Music Library, an event which quickly led to the Asbestos Abatement Project.
    The Asbestos Abatement Project began under Melissa Rose's supervision and progressed through the preliminary budget and assessment phases. This project extended beyond her time as University Librarian (primarily due to concerns of cost), but her initial actions led to an important project which extended for many years thereafter. Melissa Rose was also involved in the implementation of Online Public Access Computers (OPACs) at the end of her time at CSUH. She was an active member of the California Library Association (CLA) and served on many committees. Melissa Rose passed away on December 8, 1996 at age 66.


    1964 Hired as Education Librarian
    1980 Appointed University Librarian
    1980 Departmental Assessment
    1984 Organized Library Book Sale
    1985? Began weeding project
    1986 Biella Room closed to public after severe vandalism
    1988 Asbestos discovered during minor roof repair, ad hoc committee formed
    1988 Went to China as a part of People-to-People Delegation
    1989 Planning efforts begin in earnest
    1990 Preliminary Design Concept Scheme for California State University, Hayward Library drafted by Cape Environmental Management Inc.
    1991 Implemented HAYSTAC Open Public Access Catalog
    1996 Passed away at age 66

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Melissa Rose Papers collection contains professional correspondence and documents sent and received by Melissa Rose, who was University Librarian from 1980-1991.


    Arranged in a single series by subject, and within subject by chronology.

    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
    Asbestos abatement
    Academic libraries--California

    Related Material

    Floyd R. Ericson Papers (Col. 15)