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Guide to the Campus Site Selection Documents, 1960-1968
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Campus Site Selection Documents,
    Date (inclusive): 1960-1968
    Creator: California State University Dominguez Hills
    Extent: 10 boxes
    Repository: Department of Archives and Special Collections.

    University Library.

    California State Library, Dominguez Hills.
    Carson, California 90747
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    All materials are open to the public unless specific restrictions are imposed.

    Publication Rights

    It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Campus Site Selection Documents, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills.


    California State University Dominguez Hills was established by the legislature of the state of California in 1960 as a branch of the California State College system to serve southwest Los Angeles. Its first name, South Bay State College, was chosen to reflect that orientation. Its first president, Leo F. Cain, was appointed in January, 1962, and consulting architect and the college planning staff were appointed later that year.
    The process of selecting a site took over five years. Suggestions for possible sites were solicited and the responses were such that, at one time or another, over forty possible sites were considered. The major early contenders for the college were the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the City of Torrance, and the Fox Hills area near Culver City. Disputes over the relative merits and drawbacks of these and other sites involved local city councils, businessmen, citizens' groups, the State College Trustees, local State Senators and the college's planning staffs. Reports and counter-reports, resolutions and counter-resolutions, charges and counter-charges, and reams of correspondence for and against various sites bear witness to the heat of the controversy. The press had a field day. It was not until the fall of 1965, when the college, now named California State College at Palos Verdes, had already opened to a limited number of students in rented facilities on the Palos Verdes Peninsula that the Dominguez Hills site, a relatively new contender, was selected.
    Beginning this collection and providing considerable aid in sorting out the tangle of events through 1965 are chronological histories of the site selection process compiled by the college planning staff. In addition to material documenting controversial issues and wide citizen involvement in the site selection debate, the collection contains considerable material, mostly in the form of site reports, illustrating the importance of geographic, demographic, seismological, transportational, economic, political, social, and even aesthetic considerations employed in efforts to influence the decision of the Trustees. Also included are documents concerning the acquisition of the Dominguez Hills site, including numerous maps and photographs of the site.

    Scope and Content

    Includes: Published background sources, Trustees minutes, site reports, maps, photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings.

    Summary of Arrangement

    Folder 1
    Chronological histories of site selection
    Folder 2
    Site criteria
    Folder 3-28
    General site proposals, reports and data, maps, correspondence; materials on two or more sites
    Folder 29-59
    Reports, correspondence, etc., on specific sites, arranged alphabetically
    Folder 29-30
    Del Amo
    Folder 31-31d
    Dominguez Hills
    Folder 32
    Fort MacArthur
    Folder 33-40
    Fox Hills
    Folder 41
    Friendship Park
    Folder 42
    Folder 43
    Folder 44-49
    Palos Verdes
    Folder 50
    Playa del Rey
    Folder 51
    Rancho San Pedro
    Folder 52
    Rolling Hills
    Folder 53-59