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Inventory of the Ten Year History of California State University, Dominguez Hills
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    Title: Ten Year History of California State University, Dominguez Hills
    Dates: 1961-1986
    Collection Number: Consult repository
    Creator: Nethery, Harry A.
    Extent: 2 boxes [0.5 linear feet]
    Repository: California State University, Dominguez Hills Archives and Special Collections
    Archives & Special Collection
    University Library, Room 5039
    1000 E. Victoria Street
    Carson, California 90747
    Phone: (310) 243-3013
    URL: http://www.csudh.edu/archives/csudh/index.html
    Abstract: The Ten Year History of California State University, Dominguez Hills collection (1961-1986) includes: typed transcript/manuscript, a note on the collection transfer from Judson Grenier, memorandum from H.A. Nethery to CSUDH Library Staff and History Faculty, draft instructions, preface, introduction, nine drafted chapters, appendices, and sixteen audiocassettes.
    Language: Collection material is in English

    Administration Information


    There are no access restrictions on this collection.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Title of item], TEN YEAR HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, DOMINGUEZ HILLS, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills

    Acquisition Information

    Materials in this collection were transferred by Judson Grenier in March 1986.

    Processing Information

    Processed and encoded September 2010 by Christeta Nini.


    Harry A. Nethery was born on January 19, 1918. In 1939, he graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Business. In 1940, he enlisted in the Navy, but he did not serve until 1941 after he received his MBA from Harvard University School of Business. While in service in 1941-1945, Nethery served as Commander in the Naval Supply Store. He married "Wally" Nethery in 1943. 10 years after his military service, in 1955, he earned his Ed.D. from Stanford University, attending on a GI Bill.
    After his military career he served as Business Administrator for Northern California's Walnut Creek and Alameda School System in 1955-1957. From 1957-1962, he was the Assistant Superintendent for Cupertino School District (also in Northern California). Afterwards, he transferred from K-12 school systems to college level systems. In 1962, he was recruited as Dean of Facilities Planning for South Bay State College (later named California State College, Dominguez Hills). He was responsible for planning a new campus facility to serve the Centinela-South Bay area. In Fall of 1967, he was a member of the university's first Foundation board of directors with Leo Cain (President), Donald Loker (new chair of expanded Advisory Board), and William Huston (president of Watson Land Company). In 1970, he was promoted to Vice-President of Facilities Planning, and during his retirement in 1977, he received an Outstanding Professor award.
    He died in 1996 in Santa Barbara, California.

    Scope and Content

    This collection documents the ten year history of California State University, Dominguez Hills from 1962-1972 according to Harry A. Nethery in a non-proofread paper draft and a series of audiocassette tapes. This collection includes a note from the collection transfer, memorandum from H.A. Nethery to CSUDH Library Staff and History Faculty interested in College Archives, draft instructions (slip), Preface that outlines the chapter contents, Introduction, nine drafted chapters. Throughout Chapters 1-9, various appendices are referenced which are not included in this collection (i.e. Appendix 1). The collection also includes sixteen audiocassettes intended for transcription. The audiocassettes document the preface, introduction, and eleven chapters.
    The contents outlined in the preface include organizations and activities of people of the college: students, faculty, staff, administration; the instructional program; site development; finance; cultural programs and activities; athletics; and statistical data. Other subjects include authorization by the Legislature to form South Bay State College/Palos Verdes; the original planning staff: Leo Cain, Mr. Murray, Dr. Lyle Gibson, Nethery, Dr. Milo Milfs, and Dr. Ellis, and incoming members; Fox Hills as a contending site location; problems with the Palos Verdes Penninsula site; a press release from the Chancellor's office expressing disappointments with the site development progress; incoming students temporarily housed at the California Federal Savings and Loan Corp. in Palos Verdes Penninsula; Dominguez Hills as a contending site location with suggestion from President Cain to California State College-Dominguez Hills; tuition controversies from the growth of students at "Cal State Dominguez Hills"; budget approval from Governer Reagan; arguments supporting a change from California State College, Dominguez Hills to California State University, Domingez Hills; Chancellor Dumke's interview with U.S. News and World Report; Mexican-American student organizations; the student Air Show Project; the approval of the Pass-No Pass Credit Grading System; underground newspapers on campus; and a moratorium in honor of the Vietnam War.


    Arranged in 2 boxes:
    • Box I. Papers (1961-1986)
    • Box II. Audiocassette Tapes

    Indexing Terms


    California State University. Chancellor's Office.
    California State University, Dominguez Hills.
    California State University, Dominguez Hills--History
    Facility Design and Construction.

    Personal Names

    Nethery, Harry A. (1918-1996).

    Corporate Names

    California State University. Chancellor's Office.
    California State University, Dominguez Hills.