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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Cain (Leo F.) Writings
    Dates: 1948-2001,
    Date (bulk): (1948-1997)
    Collection Number: "Consult repository."
    Creator: Cain, Leo F.
    Collector: Cain, Leo F.
    Extent: 2 boxes [.834 linear ft]
    Repository: California State University, Dominguez Hills Archives and Special Collections
    Archives & Special Collection
    University Library, Room G-145
    1000 E. Victoria Street
    Carson, California 90747
    Phone: (310) 243-3013
    URL: http://www.csudh.edu/archives/csudh/index.html
    Abstract: This collection contains the conference writings, speeches, symposium proceeding summary, meeting addresses, essays, reports, discussions, journal articles written by Leo Cain in the years preceding his appointment to Cal State Dominguez Hills, and includes citations about Cain.
    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], INVENTORY OF THE LEO F. CAIN WRITINGS COLLECTION, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills

    Acquisition Information

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    Processing Information

    Papers were arranged and processed by Charissa O. Jefferson in January 2011.


    Dr. Leo F. Cain was the founding President of California State University, Dominguez Hills. Previously he was a Vice President of San Francisco State College. He graduated from Chico State College and Stanford University after having earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. He holds a school psychologists' credential, an administrative credential, and a California Life Diploma granted on general secondary and general elementary credentials. He began his professional career in the Oroville City Schools as an elementary school teacher and principal, then moved to the San Francisco Schools as a counselor and teacher of English and Social Science, and later taught at San Francisco Junior College as an instructor in Psychology. He then became a research associate with the American Council on Education, and served one summer at San Jose State College as a Professor of Psychology. Later he went to the University of Maryland as Assistant Professor and Lecturer in Educational Psychology, with emphasis on the problems of exceptional children, and from there moved into the Department of Justice in Washington D.C., as Director of Education in the National Training School for boys.
    In the years 1943 and 1944 he was a Classification Officer with the United States Maritime Service. From 1944 to 1946 he was a training officer in the Corrective Services Division of the Bureau of Naval Personnel.
    Following the war he returned to the University of Maryland as a lecturer; moved on to the University of Oklahoma, becoming Professor of Special Education and Educational Psychology, and from there was invited to come to San Francisco State College in 1947 as Director of Special Education. He then became Dean of Educational Services for the summer sessions of that institution, and in 1957 was elevated to the position of Vice President.
    Dr. Cain has a distinguished list of associations with other colleges and universities, professional organizations, and community activities, and is the author of numerous publications.
    As a psychologist, Cain created educational programs for teachers of both gifted and disadvantaged children. Cain was tapped in 1962 to head a design team for a new state college, originally planned for the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The campus opened in the fall of 1965 anticipating 400 students. Classes were held in Rolling Hills Estates bank building and the faculty was so small that Cain taught some courses.
    Land values continued to soar on the peninsula, and the budget-strapped California State College University Board of Trustees soon settled on a 346-acre campus in Carson, overlooking, oil wells and tract housing. Cain fashioned a curriculum and administrative system stressing individuality and participation of students in planning, with flexible schedules enabling full-time employees to get college educations at night and on Saturdays. He also made provisions for accelerated completion of degrees and developed job-related programs leading to employment at graduation. By the time Cain retired in 1976, his new campus was a permanent fixture in the state university system, with 7,000 students. The enrollment today is 14,000.

    Scope and Content

    This collection documents Dr. Cain's writings for conferences, speeches, commencement addresses, journal articles, and essays relating to the field of special education. Included in his essays and journal articles are his research and studies in special education including surveys, discussions, and reports. His conference writings include professional training and development issues including approaches to change and establishment of resources in higher education. An interview with Cain while he was Vice President at San Francisco State College is also included as well as a certificate of The Great Seal of California from Cruz M. Bustamante, California's former Leutenant Governor. This collection documents the growth and development of special education trends and its inclusive issues in higher education in California colleges and nationwide.


    Arranged in xxxx series:
    • Series I. Conferences (1963-1973)
    • Series II. Speeches (1960-1972)
    • Series III. Publications and Writings (1956-1976)

    Indexing Terms


    Higher education & society
    Professional values and practice
    Special education
    Exceptional children
    Handicapped children -- Education
    Mentally retarded children
    Mentally retarded persons
    Teachers of people with disabilities
    Teachers of the learning disabled -- United States

    Personal Names

    Cain, Leo F.
    Bustamante, Cruz M. 1953-
    Labani, Jafar

    Corporate Names

    San Francisco State College
    Consortium for International Cooperation in Higher Education
    Council for Exceptional Children
    AAMD publication
    SREB conference (local)
    Colorado State College
    Chamber of Commerce
    El Camino College
    California Teachers Association

    Geographic Names

    Washington (State)
    Dominguez Hills (Calif.)
    San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)
    Palos Verdes Peninsula (Calif.)

    Related Material

    CSUDH President's Office - Cain (Leo F.) Papers