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Guide to the University of California (System). Office of the President. Records: Numerical bound folders 1929-1958, 1929-1958
CU-5, Series 3  
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  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: University of California (System). Office of the President. Records: Numerical bound folders,
    Date (inclusive): 1929-1958
    Collection Number: CU-5, Series 3
    Creator: University of California (System). Office of the President
    Extent: 51 cartons (63.75 linear ft.)
    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.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    The collection is open for use, although individual files may be restricted for confidentiality reasons.

    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], University of California (System). Office of the President. Records: Numerical bound folders, CU-5, Series 3, University Archives, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    University of California. Office of the President.

    Scope and Content

    At various times during the presidency of Robert Gordon Sproul (1930-1958), the administration had occasion to reexamine topics related to the administration of the University, during which process documents were pulled from the regular (or routine) files and assembled into these folders. These were to provide historical and then ongoing documentation of policy issues of particular importance. While they do not necessarily include all material relevant to the particular topic at hand, presumably the selection represents what were considered to be the most important items documenting past action and current thinking on these topics.
    Series 3 of the records of the Office of the President consists of part of these assembled files, designated "Bound Folders." They are similar to the folders in Series 4, but filed in file number sequence rather than in alphabetical order. The numerical sequence reflects the filing practice in use in the Office of the President at the time the folder was created.
    There is no documentation as to when any particular folder was formed or closed; some files contain materials going back to the 1920s and 1930s and going up to the end of the Sproul administration in June 1958. When an item was removed from a file for inclusion here, a reference was made on goldenrod colored paper indicating what was removed and what bound folder it was moved to. However, since neither the title nor indeed the existence of a folder on any particular topic is predictable, it is often only by consulting a routine file that one can learn of the existence of a special problems folder.
    In this series, there are interfiled folders from the office of the Vice President for Business Affairs with a parallel series of file numbers. Often, under any particular file number, there are quite different types of topics, depending upon which office originated the folder. There seems to be no explanation as to how and why these were interfiled; they were left in place on the assumption that these folders are of equal importance since they were interfiled in the offices of origin.