Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Grace V. Bird papers, 1910-1976.
BANC MSS 89/147 c box 1; BANC MSS 89/147 c box 2; BANC MSS 89/147 c
Collection Overview


Grace V. Bird papers, 1910-1976


Bird, Grace V., 1892-1986, creator


Clapp, Frederick Mortimer, 1879-1969, correspondent.


Flanner, Hildegarde, 1899-1987, correspondent.


Garnett, Porter, 1871-1951, correspondent.


Bentley, Wilder, 1900-1989, correspondent.


Duncan, Isadora, 1877-1927, correspondent.


Santayana, George, 1863-1952, correspondent.


University of California (System), Office of Relations with Schools.


Bakersfield College (Bakersfield, Calif.)


Contains correspondence, articles, notes, writings, greeting cards, etc., sent to Grace V. Bird by friends, including Hildegarde Flanner and Frederick Mortimer ("Tim") Clapp, and others. Also includes manuscript notes, sonnets, and poems written by Bird and friends, including Porter Garnett and Wilder Bentley. Also contains similar materials related to an oral history of Bird made in 1979 titled, "Leader in junior college education at Bakersfield and the University of California," including correspondence, articles, writings, and miscellany related to her career at the University of California, Relations with Schools Office, and a report she oversaw on the achievement of California high school students directly entering the university titled, " The native student study" (1955).


1910 (issued)


n-us-ca -- n-us---
Bird, Grace V -- 1892-1986 -- Archives
Bird, Grace V -- 1892-1986 -- Correspondence
Clapp, Frederick Mortimer -- 1879-1969 -- Correspondence
Flanner, Hildegarde -- 1899-1987 -- Correspondence
Garnett, Porter -- 1871-1951 -- Correspondence
Bentley, Wilder -- 1900-1989 -- Correspondence
Duncan, Isadora -- 1877-1927 -- Correspondence
Santayana, George -- 1863-1952 -- Correspondence
Bakersfield College (Bakersfield, Calif.) -- Correspondence
University of California (System). -- Office of Relations with Schools.
Women educators -- California
Women educators -- United States
Women deans (Education) -- California
Women deans (Education) -- United States
Junior colleges -- California -- Faculty
Community colleges -- California
Poets, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence
Women poets, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence


Grace V. Bird papers, BANC MSS 89/147 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift; of Virginia Rothwell; 1989-1992.
Photographs and pictorial materials transferred to the Pictorial Collection of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 1989.041--PIC).
Related item: Leader in Junior College Education at Bakersfield and the University of California (BANC MSS 79/62 c).
Related item: Bakersfield remembers Grace V. Bird (BANC MSS 79/62 c).
Grace Van Dyke Bird (1892-1986) was the first woman to head a public community college in California, Bakersfield Junior College, in 1921. Widely respected as an educator and administrator, her peers elected her president of the California Junior College Federation, forerunner of the California Association of Community Colleges. In 1950, Bird was tapped for a position in the University of California, Office of Relations with Schools, with responsibility for community college affairs. She remained there until her retirement in 1960. In 1976, she was named Berkeley Fellow of the University for the lifetime of service she had rendered to education in the state
In English.



Physical Description:

2 boxes (0.4 linear feet)




BANC MSS 89/147 c box 1
BANC MSS 89/147 c box 2
BANC MSS 89/147 c