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

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: California State University Coded Memoranda Collection,
    Dates: 1960-2000
    Collection Number: CSU 043
    Collector: California State University Historical Archives
    Extent: 56 boxes 56 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: Collection of memoranda created by various offices and divisions of the Chancellor’s Office of the California State University (1960-2002).
    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 Coded Memoranda 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

    Reprocessing started during 2004-2006 CSU System-wide Archives Processing Project; as of July 2007, the collection is not fully processed.


    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

    The collection comprises coded memoranda (1960-2000) issued by various departments and units within the California State University Office of the Chancellor. Each department within major divisions of the Chancellor's office used the coded structure in their dissemination of policy and procedure to the campuses. Most campuses filed such correspondence consecutively and indexed them appropriately, thereby making it easy to find the memorandum for reference. All divisions used this type of coding structure until the early 1990's, when it was discontinued by some. Other units within the Office of the Chancellor continued to generate coded memoranda. By the late 1990s, a number of the units still generating coded memos began distributing the information exclusively in electronic format and, as is the case with some offices, made the documents accessible in full text on the CSU Web site. Indices organized alphabetically by the office or unit within the Chancellor's office which generated the memos. Offices generating memoranda include Academic Affairs, Academic Planning Improvement, Auxiliary Business Services, Budget Planning, Business Affairs, Continuing Education, Educational Programs and Resources, Executive Vice Chancellor, Faculty and Staff Affairs, Faculty and Staff Relations, Institutional Relations, Library Affairs, New Program Development and Evaluation, Physical Planning and Development, Public Affairs, Student Affairs and many other offices.


    Presently arranged alphabetically by office in 81 series.

    Indexing Terms



    Corporate Names

    California State University
    California State University Office of the Chancellor