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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • History
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: California State University Archives Oral History Project Collection,
    Dates: 1987-2001
    Collection Number: CSU 020
    Creator: California State University Historical Archives
    Extent: 25 boxes 13.5 linear ft
    Repository: California State University Historical Archives California State University, Dominguez Hills
    Archives & Special Collection
    University Library, Room G-145
    1000 E. Victoria Street
    Carson, California 90747
    Phone: (310) 243-3013
    URL: http://archives.csudh.edu/
    Abstract: Transcripts and cassette tapes of oral history interviews with various individuals involved in the formation of the California State University system.
    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], California State University Archives Oral History Project Collection, 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 the Chancellor’s Office, California State University and collected by archives staff. It is a growing collection.

    Processing Information

    Processed during 2004-2006 CSU System-wide Archives Processing Project.


    The California State University System, formally established in 1960 by the Donahoe Higher Education Act. It is the nation’s largest university system, with 23 campuses and seven off-campus centers, more than 400,000 students and 42,000 faculty and staff. The CSU is one of three public higher education systems in the state of California (the others are the University of California and the California Community College System). Since 1961 more than 2 million alumni have received a bachelor's, master's, and doctoral (Ph.D. and Ed.D) degrees from the university system. It offers more than 1,800 degree programs in some 240-subject areas.
    Today's California State University system is the direct descendant of the California State Normal School (now, San Jose State University) established by the California Legislature on May 2, 1862. By 1895 there were four State Normal schools. In 1921, the schools were re-named the State Teacher’s Schools. In 1935 the colleges were re-named the California State Colleges and were run by the State Department of Education. With the master plan created along with the Donohue Act, the California State Colleges were placed under control of the CSC Board of Trustees. In 1972 the system was renamed the California State Colleges and Universities. The term "Colleges" was dropped in 1982.
    Responsibility for the California State University is vested in the Board of Trustees, whose members are appointed by the Governor of the State of California. The Trustees appoint the Chancellor, who is the chief executive officer of the system, and the Presidents, who are the chief executive officers of their respective campuses. The Academic Senate of the California State University, made up of elected representatives of the faculty from each campus, recommends academic policy to the Board of Trustees through the Chancellor. Chancellors of the system include Buell Gallagher (1961-1962); Glenn S. Dumke (1962-1982); W. Ann Reynolds (1982-1990); Ellis E. McCune [Acting] (1990-1991); Barry Munitz (1991-1998); Charles B. Reed (1998- ).

    Scope and Content

    Transcripts, cassette tapes, correspondence and other materials relating to oral history interviews with various individuals involved in the formation of the California State University system. Interviews were conducted during Phase 1 (1988) and Phase II (1998-2001). Phase I interviewees include Louis Heilbron, Glenn Dumke, Dorothy Knoell, Donald Leiffer, Theodore Miriam, Charles Luckman, Arnold Joyal, William Coblentz, Donald Gerth, John Richardson, Harry Brakebill, Arthur Hall, Dean McHenry, Harry Harmon, Mansel Keene, Lois R. Feldheym, William Langsdorf, David Hart, Walter Stiern, Raymond Rydell, Robert E. Kennedy, Leo Cain, Leonard Mathy, John Pfau, Alfred Ruffo, Donald Muchmore, Nicholas Hardeman, Ralph Prater, Edmund G. Brown, James Enoch, Hector Lee, Ambrose Nichols, Lyman Glenning and Robert Wert. Individuals interviewed include Phase II include Kathleen Carlson, Norman Epstein, Harold Goldwhite, Judson Grenier, James Jensen, Clark Kerr, Ellis McCune, Alfred E. Alquist, Milton Dobkin, David Elliott, Robert Kully, Eugene Lee, W. Ann Reynolds, Jack Smart, Anthony Vitti and Louis Messner, Subjects include the formation and operation of the CSU. Many individual oral history were bound and were disseminated to various CSU libraries.

    Indexing Terms


    Education, higher

    Personal Names

    Leiffer, Donald
    Miriam, Theodore
    Coblentz, William
    Richardson, John
    Brakebill, Harry
    Hall, Arthur
    McHenry, Dean
    Keene, Mansel C.
    Feldheym, Lois R.
    Rydell, Raymond
    Kennedy, Robert E
    Mathy, Leonard
    Pfau, John
    Muchmore, Donald
    Hardeman, Nicholas
    Prater, Ralph
    Enoch, James
    Lee, Hector
    Nichols, Ambrose
    Glenning, Lyman
    Wert, Robert
    Carlson, Kathleen
    Epstein, Norman
    Goldwhite, Harold
    Grenier, Judson
    Jensen, James
    Dobkin, Milton
    Elliott, David
    Kully, Robert
    Lee, Eugene
    Smart, Jack
    Vitti, Anthony
    Messner, Louis
    Dumke, Glenn S.
    Reynolds, W. Ann
    Heilbron, Louis H.
    Knoell, Dorothy M.
    Luckman, Charles, 1909-
    Joyal, Arnold Edward, 1902-
    Gerth, Donald R.
    Harmon, Harry
    Langsdorf, William Bell, 1909-
    Stiern, Walter W., 1914-1988
    Cain, Leo F.
    Ruffo, Alfredo
    Brown, Edmund G. (Edmund Gerald), 1905-1996
    Kerr, Clark, 1911-
    McCune, Ellis.
    Alquist, Alfred E.

    Corporate Names

    California State University

    Related Material

    CSU Reports Collection, CSU Chancellor's Office Collection