The Philip L Boyd papers contain materials related to the establishment and subsequent construction of the University of California,
Riverside. The collection primarily consists of correspondence between former University of California Regent, Philip L. Boyd,
and those individuals responsible for the development of the Riverside campus. Correspondents include members of the California
legislature, community leaders, and university officials including Richard M. Nixon, Ronald Reagan, James H. Corley, and Robert
G. Sproul. In addition to correspondence this collection also contains newspaper clippings, architectural plans, and photographs
regarding campus development.
Philip L. Boyd was born on October 8th, 1900 in Richmond, Indiana. He attended Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana and
received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1922. He served as the manager of Bank of America's Palm Springs, California branch
from 1929-1930. Boyd was elected as the first Mayor of Palm Springs in 1938, a position he held until 1942. From 1945-1949
Boyd served on the California State Assembly and later became an active member of the Riverside Citizens University Committee.
Boyd was instrumental in the establishment of the University of California, Riverside and in 1957 he was appointed to the
UC Board of Regents where he remained until his resignation in 1970. Throughout the years Boyd preserved his close ties to
UC Riverside and later donated land in Deep Canyon to the campus. This land, which later became the Philip L. Boyd Desert
Research Center, is a 16,301 acre reserve that is part of the University of California Natural Reserve System. Philip L Boyd
passed away on September 16th, 1989 at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage at the age of 88.
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