Finding aid prepared by Charissa O. Jefferson
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Archives & Special Collections
University Library, Room 5039
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
Phone: (310) 243-3895

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
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

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[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

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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

Container List


Series 1. Conference, 1963-1973

Physical Description: 10 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series consists mainly of materials created by Dr. Cain which he presented at conferences for professional training and higher education. Subjects include trends, issues, and problems in special education, underdeveloped resources, impact of changes in education and approaches to the time-shortened degree. This also includes conference proceedings written by Cain from a symposium on attitudes toward blindness. All materials are arranged separately in chronological order. If there is no date identified, materials are arranged in alphabetical order by title.
Box 1, Folder 1:1

Tele-Panel: Manpower and professional training, 1963

Box 1, Folder 1:2

Panel: Trends, Issues, and Problems in Special Education, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 1:3

Education and the impact of change, 1966

Box 1, Folder 1:4

Professional Training and Higher Education Symposium, 1966

Box 1, Folder 1:5

Underdeveloped resources as the edge of change, 1968

Box 1, Folder 1:6

Using our resources for the support of education, 1970

Box 1, Folder 1:7

AAMD Conference, 1971

Box 1, Folder 1:8

"The very special child", 1971

Box 1, Folder 1:9

SREB Conference on Approaches to the time-shortened degree, 1972

Box 1, Folder 1:10

Symposium on Attitudes towards blindness, 1973


Series 2. Speech, 1960-2001

Physical Description: 21 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of college speeches on providing educational experiences for exceptional children, includes ways to open doors for exceptional children, and statements and addresses including observations of developing a new college. This series includes speeches from conferences and meetings at the Council for Exceptional Children, Chamber of Commerce, and faculty conferences. Also includes commencement addresses and meeting addresses. This series also includes writings of standards, preparations, and strategies for the teaching professional. A Certificate which is The Great Seal of California certificate presented to Dr. Cain for his contributions to the state of California is also included. Additionally, an interview with Cain while he was Vice President at San Francisco State University is also included. All materials are arranged separately in chronological order. If no date has been identified, materials are arranged in alphabetical order by title.
Box 1, Folder 1:11

Colorado State College: "Providing educational experiences for exceptional children", 1960

Box 1, Folder 1:12

Washington State "Opening doors for exceptional children", 1960

Box 1, Folder 1:13

Statement, 1960

Box 1, Folder 1:14

Portland, Oregon The Council for Exceptional Children, 1961

Box 1, Folder 1:15

Address "Observations on the development of a new college", 1963

Box 1, Folder 1:16

Salt Lake City C.E.C., 1963

Box 1, Folder 1:17

Conference 1964- published, 1965

Box 1, Folder 1:18

Chamber of Commerce, 1965

Box 1, Folder 1:19

Statement, 1967

Box 1, Folder 1:20

Faculty Conference, 1968

Box 1, Folder 1:21

Commencement Address- El Camino College, 1972

Box 1, Folder 1:22

American Education- A problem of National Concern, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 1:23

Commencement Address, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 1:24

Discussion, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 1:25

Meeting Address, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 1:26

Standards and Perparations for professionals, n.d.

Box 1, Folder 1:27

Professional Training-- "New directions in Professional Training", 1967

Box 1, Folder 1:28

Preparation for Professionals, 1970

Box 1, Folder 1:29

Strategies, Models, and Ideas for Action, 1971

Box 1, Folder 1:30

The Great Seal of California, 2001

Box 1, Folder 1:31

Interview- San Francisco State University, 1986


Series 3. Publications and Writings, 1956-2000

Physical Description: 28 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of Dr. Cain's essays, reports, and research, some include surveys and studies, which have been published in journals and California state publications. Publications are in the journal for the Council for Exceptional Children, Consortium for International Cooperation in Higher Education, California Teachers Association, and Study Commission on Mental Retardation for the State of California. This series includes essays, journal articles, reports and others.
Box 1, Folder 1:32

Discussion, [dates]

Box 1, Folder 1:33

Discussion, [dates]

Box 1, Folder 1:34

Research and Findings- San Francisco State College, [dates]

Box 1, Folder 1:35

Discussion, [dates]

Box 1, Folder 1:36

Report- San Francisco State College, [dates]

Box 1, Folder 1:37

Report, [dates]

Box 2, Folder 2:1

Research/ Study San Francisco State College, [dates]

Box 2, Folder 2:2

Survey Study, [dates]

Box 2, Folder 2:3

Report- Symposium, [dates]

Box 2, Folder 2:4

Discussion- Report, San Luis Obispo Chapter, [dates]

Box 2, Folder 2:5

Essay- Research, [dates]

Box 2, Folder 2:6

Report on visit, [dates]

Box 2, Folder 2:7

Participant- Research Conference , [dates]

Box 2, Folder 2:8

Journal Article and Abstract, [dates]

Box 2, Folder 2:9

Journal Article- The disabled child in school, [dates]

Box 2, Folder 2:10

Journal Article (C.E.C.), [dates]

Box 2, Folder 2:11

Exceptional Children, [dates]

Box 2, Folder 2:12

Journal Article- assessing the future of C.E.C., [dates]

Box 2, Folder 2:13

Exceptional Children, [dates]

Box 2, Folder 2:14

Exceptional Children- Journal, [dates]

Box 2, Folder 2:15

Association Journal Article- Palos Verdes- staffing California Teachers Association, [dates]

Box 2, Folder 2:16

Regional Survey, [dates]

Box 2, Folder 2:17

Educational Opportunity, [dates]

Box 2, Folder 2:18

Parent Groups, [dates]

Box 2, Folder 2:19

Exceptional Children, [dates]

Box 2, Folder 2:20

Report, [dates]

Box 2, Folder 2:21

Committee Journal- United States President, [dates]

Box 2, Folder 2:22

Council for Exceptional Children (C.E.C.) 50th Anniversary, [dates]