Scope and Content of Collection
Title: History of Consciousness Board records
Collection number: UA 78
History of Consciousness Dept
1 linear foot
(2 half cartons)
University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library.
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: This small collection contains early correspondence, essays, articles, and class material related to the History of Consciousness
program at UCSC.
Physical location: Stored at Special Collections & Archives.
Languages represented in the collection:
Collection open for research.
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and
their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
History of Consciousness Board records. UA 78. University Archives, University Library, University of
California, Santa Cruz.
Various campus sources.
The History of Consciousness program is an interdisciplinary graduate program in the humanities with links to the sciences,
social sciences, and arts at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
The program was started in 1966 (the first year of the Santa Cruz campus) by small group of faculty members, including the
American historian Page Smith, philosopher Maurice Natanson, culture theorist Harry Berger, Jr., and psychology professor
Bert Kaplan, who approached the University of California system-wide Graduate Council with a proposal for a new type of graduate
program for the new campus. According to the founding Chancellor of the campus, Dean McHenry, they did not consult with him
and the program was approved without his input.
For over a decade, there were no direct faculty appointments to the program and all faculty teaching in the program was done
by members of established Boards of Studies (at the time, the UC Santa Cruz equivalent of departments). This led to problems
in budgeting and program continuity, and coupled with the innovative interdisciplinary nature of the program, it also presented
challenges in placing History of Consciousness graduates in teaching jobs. The appointment of Norman O. Brown as Professor
of Humanities in 1968 was in part intended to address some of these concerns.
Historians Hayden White and James Clifford were among the first faculty members directly appointed to the department. White
joined the faculty as Professor of History of Consciousness and Chair of the Board in July, 1978, having been recruited by
then-Chancellor Angus Taylor to bring stability to the program. Under White's leadership, the program grew in the early 1980's
to become one of the intellectual centers of theoretical innovation in the humanities and social sciences in the United States.
The History of Consciousness Department currently offers a Ph.D. program that operates at the intersection of established
and emergent disciplines and fields, acquainting students with leading intellectual trends in the Humanities, Arts and Social
Sciences. Intellectual projects are problem based and draw upon diverse theoretical approaches.
[Administrative History excerpted from the History of Consciousness Department website and Wikipedia entry.]
Scope and Content of Collection
The collection contains significant material from the early 1970's pertaining to the running of the program, as well as reviews
that were conducted in 1986 and 1994. There are also brochures and information on class offerings.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
University of California, Santa Cruz - History of Consciousness Dept
University of California, Santa Cruz - Curricula
MS 35 Norman O. Brown Papers.