Finding aid for the Fred Harcleroad Papers

Collin Thorman
California State University, East Bay University Archives
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
Hayward, California 94542
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University Archives, California State University, East Bay. All rights reserved.

Finding aid for the Fred Harcleroad Papers

Collection number: Col-12

University Archives California State University, East Bay Hayward, California
Processed by:
Collin Thorman
Date Completed:
Encoded by:
Diana Wakimoto
© 2012 University Archives, California State University, East Bay. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Fred Harcleroad papers
Dates: 1932-1974
Bulk Dates: 1959-1966
Collection number: Col-12
Creator: Harcleroad, Fred F.
Collection Size: 5.36 cubic feet (11 letter size boxes, 1 half-size box, 2 media boxes)
Repository: California State University, East Bay. University Archives
Hayward, California 94542
Abstract: The Fred Harcleroad Papers are a collection of documents created and received by Harcleroad slightly prior to, during, and after his time as President of the University.
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

Fred Harcleroad papers, Col-12, University Archives, California State University, East Bay, Hayward, California.

Acquisition Information

Records were transferred by the Office of the President.

Processing Information

Originally processed by Lucille Klovdahl (date unknown); collection rehoused and finding aid created by Collin Thorman, 2010. Finding aid updated with new accretion by Diana Wakimoto, 2016.


Fred Harcleroad became President of the University in 1959, before the Hayward Campus was created. He was appointed after having served as a dean at the San Jose State College and was quickly embraced by the student body and faculty as a supporter of education and the Alameda County College (as it was then known). Fred Harcleroad also assisted in the lengthy naming process of the college, the construction of its campus, the selection of its faculty, and the structure of its curriculum. Dr. Harcleroad's interest in A.V. pertaining to teaching made him a forward-thinking man who strove to integrate technology into the college system.
Dr. Harcleroad's primary focus for the California State University, Hayward (as it eventually came to be known at the end of his tenure) was to create a modern university, integrating computers and audio-visual media into the curriculum with a focus on cultural awareness in the form of various multicultural studies programs. Unfortunately, many of these programs either never made it off the ground or were cut due to budget constraints.
Though Fred Harcleroad was supported by the majority of the students and faculty, a vocal minority's slanderous anonymous letters caused Dr. Harcleroad to be reassigned as a professor of higher education and consultant to Chancellor Dumke.


1959, March Appointed to President of the Alameda County College
1959, September Opening registration
1961, February Groundbreaking Ceremony for Hayward Campus
1961, February Accredited by the Western College Association
1961, June First Commencement
1963 First Undergraduates
1967, July Reassigned to full time faculty

Scope and Content of Collection

The Fred Harcleroad Papers are a collection of documents created and received by Harcleroad slightly prior to, during, and after his time as President of the University. The collection contains loose leaf presidential correspondences, telegrams, letters, newspapers, speeches, and informational material.
All collected outgoing correspondence during Harcleroad’s time as President of the University is present in this collection, as well as assorted papers (including incoming correspondence) received by Harcleroad before, during, and after his presidency. The collection also includes audio and video interviews of Harcleroad on 2 DVDs and 4 cassette tapes, and scrapbooks assembled during Harcleroad’s Presidency, along with several awards received by Harcleroad.


Arranged in five series by subject: Series 1: Outgoing Correspondence, Series 2: Papers, Series 3: Awards, Series 4: Audio-Visual Material, Series 5: Scrapbooks

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Bee, Carlos
California State University, East Bay
Dumke, Glenn S.

Collection Contents

Box: 1-9

Series 1.  Outgoing correspondence 1959-1967

Physical Description: 3.6 cubic feet (9 letter size boxes)

Series Scope and Content Summary

Outgoing correspondence written during the time Harcleroad served as President of the University makes up the bulk of the collection. The materials chiefly consist of typed copies of budget tables, promotion announcements, interdepartmental communications, Thank You letters, and various other correspondences. Fred Harcleroad's Presidency spanned from 1959 to 1966 and included the development of the University, its programs, and its current campus in the Hayward Hills.


Box 1

Outgoing correspondence (11 folders) May 1959-May 1960

Box 2

Outgoing correspondence (10 folders) June 1960-June 1961

Box 3

Outgoing correspondence (11 folders) June 1961-May 1962

Box 4

Outgoing correspondence (11 folders) May 1962-April 1963

Box 5

Outgoing correspondence (11 folders) April 1963-March 1964

Box 6

Outgoing correspondence (11 folders) March 1964-December 1964

Box 7

Outgoing correspondence (10 folders) December 1964-July 1965

Box 8

Outgoing correspondence (10 folders) July 1965-march 1966

Box 9

Outgoing correspondence (9 folders) March 1966-July 1967

Box: 10-11

Series 2.  Papers 1932-1976

Physical Description: 0.8 cubic feet (2 letter size boxes)

Series Scope and Content Summary

The Papers series contains the miscellaneous letters, booklets, speeches, and papers which did not fit into the other series. The letters are from Fred Harcleroad's friends and acquaintances congratulating him on his appointment to the Presidency as well as letters commiserating with him on his dismissal. Speeches written by Fred Harcleroad are also in this series and include typed copies as well as hand-written note cards from a variety of different occasions. Copies of booklets and articles written by Fred Harcleroad are in this series, as well as other articles of interest to him.


By subject.
Box 10

Reassignment (3 folders): Correspondence and news July 1967-September 1967 Speeches (2 folders) 1959-1976 American Council on Education: Pacific Coast Committee (1 folder) 1954-1967 Education and World Affairs Intercultural Education Committee (2 folders) 1966-1967 President's Newsletter (1 folder) 1965, 1967 Informational Materials (1 folder) 1964

Box 11

Informational Materials (1 folder) 1974-1987 Campus Dedication and Annual Reports (1 folder) 1964-1966 Student-related papers (1 folder) 1960-1966 CSU Conception: Copies of newspaper clippings (3 folders) 1932-1938 Appointment to Presidency: correspondence (2 folders) 1959 ROTC Camp Information Booklet (1 folder) 1957 Memorabilia (3 pins in one envelope) undated

Box 15

Campus planning documents and memoranda (1 folder) 1959-1960 Master Plan for Higher Education in California, 1960-1975 (1 folder) 1960 Budget reports and memoranda (1 folder) 1960 Budget reports and memoranda (1 folder) 1961 Budget reports and memoranda (1 folder) 1962 Budget reports and memoranda (3 folders) 1965

Box OVZ 1

Campus News (separated from scrapbook) (1 folder) June 7, 1961 Budget request(1 folder) 1961-1962 Budget request (1 folder) 1962-1963 Budget request (1 folder) 1963/1964

Box: 12

Series 3.  Awards 1965-1967

Physical Description: 0.16 cubic feet (2 awards, 1 box)


By Subject.
Box n/a

CSEA: Eight years of dedicated work and stimulating service award 1967 Alameda County Education Association Award 1965

Box 12

CSUH Alumni Association 1967

Box: 13-14

Series 4.  Audio-Visual material 1965-2005

Physical Description: 0.3 cubic feet (1 half-size box, 1 media box)

Series Scope and Content Summary

The Audio-Visual (A.V.) Material is comprised of video of an interview conducted in 2005 with Fred Harcleroad, and audio interviews conducted in 1966 on audio cassette tapes.
Box 13

Cal State East Bay: Regional Vision 2005 Fred Harcleroad Interview August 2005

Box 14

Interviews with Fred Harcleroad (digitized in 2010) 1965-1965

Scrapbooks: 2-3

Series 5.  Scrapbooks 1959-1962

Physical Description: 0.5 cubic feet

Series Scope and Content Summary

The scrapbooks contain photographs of Fred Harcleroad during his time at CSU Hayward and provide first views of the Hayward Campus’s construction, student life, and newspaper clippings of the university’s progress under President Harcleroad. Scrapbooks scanned in 2010. Copy of Campus News from June 7, 1961 has been separated from scrapbook and placed in OVZ 1.


By subject.
Box n/a

Scrapbook 2 January 1959-October 1962 Scrapbook 3 Spring 1963-November 1967