Guide to the Centennial History Office records, [ca. 1950]-1967

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Guide to the Centennial History Office Records, [ca. 1950]-1967

Collection number: CU-5.92

University Archives, The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Centennial History Office Records,
Date (inclusive): [ca. 1950]-1967
Collection Number: CU-5.92
Creator: University of California (System). Centennial History Office
Extent: Number of containers: 4 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], Centennial History Office records, CU-5.92, University Archives, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Scope and Content

Collection of materials for a History of the University of California for the Centennial of the instution in 1968. Includes correspondence, reports, interviews, tape recordings, and negative microfilm of source documents.

Scope and Content

This collection represents the work of Walton Bean, professor of history, to collect material for a history of the University for the Centennial of the institution in 1968. Bean apparently proposed this project to President Sproul as early as 1950 and began to collect materials as a regular research project at that time. A few years later, funding was received from the President's Office for the support and continuation of the project. It was apparently at this stage that Rena Vassar and Alex Callow were employed as research assistants in the project. Bean's involvement in the project seems to have ended about 1960, although a few materials in the present collection date after that time. It is not at all clear how these later materials came to be integrated into the present collection.
The University later established another group, under Verne Stadtman, to prepare the Centennial publications. These files are also in University Archives and may also be consulted by those interested in University history.

Container List



box 1, folder 1

Correspondence, Walton Bean

box 1, folder 2

Annual reports, Walton Bean, 1956-60


Source Surveys

box 1, folder 3

Academic Senate records

box 1, folder 4

California State Legislature records

box 1, folder 5

Foster, Herbert papers

box 1, folder 6

Lick Observatory archives

box 1, folder 7

Manuscript collections, libraries, official records

box 1, folder 8

Moulder, Andrew Jackson letters, Secretary of the Regents letterbook, vol. 1

box 1, folder 9

Newspaper indexes; California State and Oakland Public Libraries

box 1, folder 10

Sproul Hall basement

box 1, folder 11

State Archives, State offices, Sacramento

box 1, folder 12

University newspaper clippings, 1874-1899


Centennial History

box 1, folder 13


box 1, folder 14

Publication estimates

box 1, folder 15

Academic freedom - Loyalty Oath



box 2, folder 1

Regional Oral History Office project, 1965-67

box 2, folder 2

Adams, George P., 1956

box 2, folder 3

Blake, Anson, 1958

box 2, folder 4

Blasdale, Walter, 1958

box 2, folder 5

Foster, Herbert B., n.d.

box 2, folder 6-7

Griffiths, Farnham P., 1954

box 2, folder 8-10

Hildebrand, Joel H., 1956

box 2, folder 11

Holmes, Samuel J., 1958

box 2, folder 12

Hopper, James, 1952 (by James D. Hart)

box 2, folder 13

Kroeber, Alfred L., 1958

box 2, folder 14

Linforth, Ivan M., 1958

box 2, folder 15-16

Louderback, George D., 1953

box 2, folder 17

Morgan, Agnes F., 1958

box 2, folder 18

Popper, William, 1956

box 3, folder 1

Richardson, Leon J., interview outline

box 3, folder 2

Shields, Peter J., 1953-54

box 3, folder 3

Sproul, Robert G., interview outline by Doug Young

box 3, folder 4

Westergaard, Waldemar, 1965

box 3, folder 5

Woods, Baldwin M., 1956. Also included is his address, The University of California in the Area of Adult Education, 1956

box 3, folder 6

Kerr, Clark: transcript of press conference at the time of his dismissal, including remarks of Theodore Meyer.

box 3, folder 7

Loewenberg, Jacob: A Faculty Revolution and Related Reminscences, 1967


Tape recordings

box 3, folder 8

Corley, James. 1 track, 15/16 ips, 5"

box 3, folder 9

Holmes, Samuel J., 1958. 1 track, 3 3/4 ips, 7"

box 3, folder 10

Johnson, R.S. Cassette

box 3, folder 11

Morgan, Agnes F., 1958. 1 track, 3 3/4 ips, 7"

box 3, folder 12

Nimitz, Adm. Chester, 1956. Alex Callow's impressions of an interview with Nimitz; followed by 1956 interview with Baldwin Woods. 3 3/4 ips?, 7"

box 3, folder 13

Alex Callow notes on Morgan interview and on George Louderback concerning the "Faculty Revolution." 3 3/4 ips, 5" reel only partially full


Reference materials

box 4

2 boxes of note slips


1 box of 3x5 bibliography cards


5 reels negative microfilm of source documents