Scope and Content of Collection
Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla 92093-0175
Title: UC San Diego. Campus Expansion Files
Identifier/Call Number: RSS 0003
2.8 Linear feet
(7 archives boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1951 - 1964
Abstract: Records (1951-1964) concerning the expansion of the La Jolla campus of the University of California, consisting largely of
the correspondence of Roger Revelle, director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, dean of the School of Science and
Engineering and first chief administrative officer of the University of California, San Diego. Materials include correspondence
with the San Diego aerospace firm General Dynamics; files on facilities planning and campus building programs; materials concerning
acquisition of property for campus expansion and negotiations with the City of San Diego; files on campus and system-wide
committees; and, correspondence concerning the naming of the campus. The records are arranged in two series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE
and 2) SUBJECT FILES.
UC San Diego. Campus Expansion Files, RSS 3. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego Library.
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
The efforts to establish a branch of the University of California at San Diego progressed with the passage, on March 30,
1955, of a state assembly measure requesting the Regents to conduct a feasibility study for expanding the Scripps Institution
campus or creating a new site. Support for the new campus came from influential local community and industrial interests,
including the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, General Dynamics, Ryan Aeronautical, and Solar Aircraft. General Dynamics donated
$100,000 toward the venture and pledged another $1 million.
Roger Revelle, director (1950-1964) of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and his staff drafted a proposal that envisioned
a largely graduate research institute in science and technology with a low faculty-student ratio and an eventual undergraduate
In 1958 William Pereira and Associates produced a site selection study that recommended the expansion of the La Jolla campus
on San Diego city-owned pueblo lands. In September of 1959, the UC Regents requested funding from the legislature to build
the School of Science and Engineering (Revelle College campus). Groundbreaking for the new campus commenced on May 18, 1961.
Scope and Content of Collection
The Campus Expansion Files consist largely of the correspondence and subject files of Roger Revelle, although a few items
are from the office of Chancellor Herbert York. The materials are arranged in two series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE and 2) SUBJECT
SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE
The CORRESPONDENCE, arranged by subject and thereunder chronologically, includes correspondence with the San Diego aerospace
firm General Dynamics (formerly Convair) concerning the firm's support for campus expansion and correspondence with the San
Diego Chamber of Commerce concerning local business interest in the development of the campus.
SERIES 2: SUBJECT FILES
The SUBJECT FILES are arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder chronologically. They include correspondence, news
clippings, reports, news releases, notes, memos, and miscellany. The files entitled "Campus Development and Expansion Plans"
include studies of air traffic and noise in the proposed campus area and materials relating to the 1958 site selection study
by the firm of William Pereira and Associates. Also included in the SUBJECT FILES are materials relating to the Campus Planning
Committee; materials relating to San Diego city ballot measures which concerned donation of Pueblo lots to UCSD; materials
relating to land acquisitions for campus expansion; correspondence relating to the naming of the campus; files on UC Regents
meetings and conferences relating to campus expansion; and, minutes of meetings of the staff of the UC Vice-President for
Business Affairs, 1953-1960.
At the Scripps Institution of Oceanography: the Roger Revelle Papers, 1928-1976 [SIO MC 6]; and the records of the Office
of the Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Revelle), 1930-1963 [SIO AC 11].
Subjects and Indexing Terms
University of California, San Diego -- Administration
University of California, San Diego -- History -- Archives
University of California, San Diego -- Planning