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Guide to the University of California (System). Office of the President. Records: Alphabetical Files, 1885-1913
CU-5, Series 1  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: University of California (System). Office of the President. Records: Alphabetical Files,
    Date (inclusive): 1885-1913
    Collection Number: CU-5, Series 1
    Creator: University of California (System). Office of the President
    Extent: Number of containers: 63 boxes
    Repository: The Bancroft Library. University Archives.
    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], University of California (System). Office of the President. Records: Alphabetical Files, CU-5, Series 1, University Archives, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Scope and Content

    Series 1 of the Records of the Office of the President consist of alphabetical files covering the period 1885-1913. It is at the beginning of this period that the office assumed some independent action, separate from the Board of Regents, whose records cover the period between the founding of the University in 1868 and 1885 (Regents' records (CU-1) held by University Archives continue beyond this date, however). It is not until the presidency of Benjamin Ide Wheeler in 1899 that the files assume greater importance, although even then the Regents still assumed a much more active role in the day-to-day operations of the University.
    The files are mainly alphabetical by name of correspondent, even for those faculty who may have been acting as the chair of a department. While the names of administrative divisions of the University may be represented, only during one period are there files under department names. To use the files effectively, one must know the names of the relevant persons involved.
    The files are organized alphabetically within a year or a chronological period, thus there are several alphabets in this series. Even when some years might be grouped, 1905-1909 for example, there are different alphabets for "faculty" correspondence and for general correspondence, which also includes University related subject files. One such period even has a separate alphabet for "administrative" correspondence, and there is one period in which department names were used, overlapping in date the general files on either side. A paper alphabetical index covering the entire series is available.


    The date arrangement is as follows:
    Box 1:
    Box 2:
    Box 3-5:
    Box 6:
    1899-1902 (Mainly department names)
    Box 6-9:
    Box 9-13:
    Box 13-16:
    Box 17-20:
    Box 20-37:
    Box 38-51:
    Box 52-57:
    Box 58-63: