UC San Diego. Office of the Chancellor. Administrative Files for John S. Galbraith

Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
Copyright 2005
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla 92093-0175

Descriptive Summary

Languages: English
Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla 92093-0175
Title: UC San Diego. Office of the Chancellor. Administrative Files for John S. Galbraith
Identifier/Call Number: RSS 0004
Physical Description: 5.1 Linear feet (4 archives boxes and 4 oversize folders)
Date (inclusive): 1964 - 1971
Abstract: Administrative files created by John S. Galbraith, the second chancellor (1964-1968) of UCSD. The collection includes correspondence relating to matters of personal concern to Galbraith, including his relations with members of the campus and San Diego communities, relations with his professional colleagues, the "Flag Incident" of 1967, and issues such as campus drug use and Galbraith's two resignations. Included are correspondence between Galbraith and U.C. President Clark Kerr and materials documenting their conflict over funding for the UCSD Library. The collection is arranged in three series: 1) PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE, 2) SUBJECT FILES, and 3) SCRAPBOOKS.

Acquisition Information

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Preferred Citation

UC San Diego. Office of the Chancellor. Administrative Files for John S. Galbraith, RSS 4. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego Library.

Publication Rights

Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

Administrative History

John S. Galbraith succeeded Herbert F. York as chancellor of the University of California, San Diego, in 1964. He quickly became a popular and respected administrator and continued the UCSD tradition of finding outstanding people to fill academic and administrative posts. Galbraith involved himself in a wide array of San Diego community affairs and thereby helped promote better relations between the University and the San Diego's political and social leaders.
Dr. Galbraith, like other UCSD Chancellors, had ambitious plans for the campus. Among Galbraith's highest priorities was the development of the University Library. Because of his background as an academic historian, he understood the importance of large and comprehensive collections for scholarly research -- especially for research in the humanities. He had discussed this subject with President Kerr prior to assuming the chancellorship, and Kerr had assured Galbraith that UCSD would eventually have the third greatest library in the U.C. system, with an acquisitions rate equal to those in Berkeley and Los Angeles. However, Kerr was slow in fulfilling this committment, and this caused Galbraith to postpone the UCSD inauguration, originally scheduled for September 1965, to November of that year.
The library issue and other administrative matters created friction between Galbraith and Kerr. On February 18, 1966, Galbraith and UCSD Vice Chancellor Robert Biron submitted their resignations to the U.C. President. Precipitating the resignations was Kerr's failure to add to the Regents' agenda the approval of the design of the UCSD Medical School. Although the resignations were later withdrawn, relations between Kerr and Galbraith improved little.
Like other college campuses in the 1960s, UCSD witnessed the growth of what would eventually become a nation-wide student movement organized, in part, as opposition to U.S. military involvement in Indochina. In November 1967, during Dr. Galbraith's administration, one group of students who had set up an informational table in Revelle Plaza began flying the North Vietnamese flag in protest of the U.S. military effort. The flag angered Leucadia assemblyman John Stull, and Stull demanded that Galbraith have the flag forcibly removed. Galbraith, after consulting with the U.C. legal counsel, declared that the university had no legal basis for removing the flag. Stull then called for Galbraith's suspension, among other measures. However, Galbraith successfully defended his stance on the issue, and he argued that the university administration, as well as the students, must abide by the rule of law. Dr. Galbraith handled this "Flag Incident," as he handled other such controversies, in a thoughtful and diplomatic way, earning him the respect of students, administrators and community members.
Dr. Galbraith had never planned on an administrative career, and in 1968 he resigned the UCSD chancellorship to return to teaching and scholarship.

Scope and Content of Collection

The ADMINISTRATIVE FILES FOR JOHN S. GALBRAITH represent only a small portion of the materials created in the Office of the Chancellor during the Galbraith term. Most of the files created during that term were probably retained by the Office and augmented during the terms of subsequent chancellors. Many of the files retained by the Office probably found their way into the files of the Administrative Records office when that office was created in the 1970s.
Most of the records transferred to the Library -- and now included in the present collection -- relate to matters of personal concern to Chancellor John S. Galbraith. These matters include Galbraith's relations with members of the campus and San Diego communities, relations with his professional colleagues and issues such as library funding and Galbraith's two resignations. The collection is arranged in three series: 1) PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE, 2) SUBJECT FILES and 3) SCRAPBOOKS.
The title of the series PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE was provided by the Office of the Chancellor on the original file folders. This correspondence is not truly personal, in the sense that it does not relate to private or family matters. Rather, the materials concern Galbraith's personal relations with colleagues and members of the campus and local communities and system-wide administrators. Of special interest is a letter from Galbraith to U.C. President Clark Kerr, dated September 3, 1964, in which Galbraith delineates the conditions upon which he will assume the UCSD Chancellorship. The first condition relates to increased funding for the UCSD Library. A number of handwritten notes from President Kerr can be found in the correspondence, as well as communications between Galbraith and members of the UCSD faculty and administration. Also included is a large quantity of letters relating to Galbraith's historical scholarship.
Among the SUBJECT FILES are clippings and other information relating to the Byrne Report, a general reassessment of the U.C. system organization in the wake of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement. The files titled "Drugs" reveal the growing concern over this subject by the U.C. administration in the mid-1960s. The "LSD Report," prepared by Mary Avery of UCSD, is a compendium of published reports and laws surrounding a drug then gaining popularity on college campuses.
The so-called "Flag Incident" of 1967 is documented in one of the subject files. Included in this file are clippings from local papers, statements by members of the campus community and statements by state assemblyman John Stull. A number of clippings relating to this incident can also be found in the scrapbooks.
Chancellor Galbraith's active interest in library funding is reflected in two files on this subject. Documented here are the chancellor's efforts to convince U.C. administrators of the need for a third great library for the system. Related to this issue are the files on two statewide ballot initiatives from 1964 and 1966 (both were "Proposition 2"). These initiatives asked voters to approve greater funding for higher education. The 1966 initiative involved a bond issue, which would help to pay for UCSD's new library.
The letters in the "Resignation" files reveal the strong support that Chancellor Galbraith received from members of the campus and local communities. A good example of this support can be seen in the letter from Professor Walter Munk of Scripps Institution, sent to Galbraith during the crisis over Galbraith's 1966 resignation. Of historical importance is a hand written draft, undated, of a resignation letter from Galbraith to President Kerr. In the letter Galbraith specifically mentions Kerr's failure to support funding for the UCSD Library.
The SCRAPBOOKS contain clippings relating to all aspects of Chancellor Galbraith's administration, including many news stories featuring Mrs. Laura Galbraith and her active community involvement.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Students -- California -- San Diego -- Archival resources
Students -- Political activity -- Archival resources
Universities and colleges -- California -- San Diego -- Archival resources
Kerr, Clark, 1911-2003



Box 1, Folder 1

Personal correspondence 1964 - 1966

Box 1, Folder 2

Personal correspondence 1967

General note

March - September.
Box 1, Folder 3

Personal correspondence 1967

General note

October - December.
Box 1, Folder 4

Personal correspondence 1968



Box 1, Folder 5

Administrative and Organization Master Plan 1967

Box 1, Folder 6

Appointment as Chancellor - Letters of congratulation, articles

Box 2, Folder 1

Byrne Report

Box 2, Folder 2

Campus-Systemwide Relations 1965

Box 2, Folder 3

Chancellor's Student Advisory Committee

Box 2, Folder 4


Box 2, Folder 5

Conference on British Studies 1964 - 1966

Box 2, Folder 6

Construction Schedule for Major Buildings 1965 - 1975

Box 2, Folder 7

Drugs - Correspondence and memorandums 1966 - 1971

Box 2, Folder 8

Drugs - LSD Report

Box 2, Folder 9


Box 2, Folder 10

Flag Incident

Box 2, Folder 11


Box 3, Folder 1

Invitations accepted

Box 3, Folder 2

Invitations regretted

Box 3, Folder 3


Box 3, Folder 4

Library Funding 1965 - 1966

Box 3, Folder 5

Library Funding 1966

General note

October - December
Box 3, Folder 6

Masque (An Anonymous Satire)

Box 3, Folder 7

Naming of the University

Box 3, Folder 8

Near-Eastern Studies - Efforts to establish a program at UCSD 1967 - 1968

Box 3, Folder 9

Professors' Inaugural Lectures

Box 3, Folder 10

Proposition 2 1964

Box 3, Folder 11

Proposition 2 - Fact Book 1964

Box 3, Folder 12

Proposition 2 1966

Box 4, Folder 1

Resignation 1965

Box 4, Folder 2

Resignation 1968

Box 4, Folder 3


General note

Draft of letter to President Clark Kerr about the lack of Library funding.
Box 4, Folder 4

Salk Institute

Box 4, Folder 5

Speeches - Copies

Box 4, Folder 6

Speeches accepted - Correspondence 1964 - 1966

Box 4, Folder 7

Speeches accepted - Correspondence 1967

Box 4, Folder 8

Speeches accepted - Correspondence 1968

Box 4, Folder 9

Speeches declined - Correspondence 1964 - 1968

Box 4, Folder 10

Talk to ACRL on Libraries on June 29, 1967 1967

Box 4, Folder 11

UCLA - Seminar

Box 4, Folder 12

Visit of Prince Vong Savang of Laos 1967



Box 4, Folder 13, Oversize FB03801

Scrapbook 1964 - 1965


Compiled by Laura Galbraith.
Box 4, Folder 14, Oversize FB03901

Scrapbook 1966


Compiled by Laura Galbraith.
Box 4, Folder 15, Oversize FB04001

Scrapbook 1967


Compiled by Laura Galbraith.
Box 4, Folder 16, Oversize FB04101

Scrapbook 1967 - September 1968


Compiled by Laura Galbraith.