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Guide to the Records of the president of the University of California: Special problem folders, 1899-1958
CU-5, Series 4  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Records of the President of the University of California: Special problem folders,
    Date (inclusive): 1899-1958
    Collection Number: CU-5, Series 4
    Creator: University of California (System). Office of the President
    Extent: Number of containers: 42 boxes
    Repository: University Archives,The Bancroft Library.
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library 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

    [Identification of item], Records of the president of the University of California: Special problem folders, CU-5, Series 4, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Scope and Content

    At various times during the presidency of Robert Gordon Sproul (1930-1958), the administration had occasion to reexamine topics related to the administration of the University, during which process documents were pulled from the regular (or routine) files and assembled into these folders. These were to provide historical and then ongoing documentation of policy issues of particular importance. While they do not necessarily include all material relevant to the particular topic at hand, presumably the selection represents what were considered to be the most important items documenting past action and current thinking on these topics.
    Series 4 of the records of the Office of the President consists of these assembled papers, designated "Special Problem" folders. They are similar to the folders in Series 3, but filed in an alphabetical arrangement rather than in a numerical arrangement by code number; like those in Series 3, they are sometimes referred to simply as 'bound folders.
    There is no documentation as to when any particular folder was formed or closed; some files contain materials going back to the 1920s and 1930s and going up to the end of the Sproul administration in June 1958. When an item was removed from a file for inclusion here, a reference was made on goldenrod paper indicating what was removed and what special problem folder it was moved to. However, since neither the title nor indeed the existence of a folder on any particular topic is predictable, it is often only by consulting a routine file that one can learn of the existence of a special problems folder.