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Guide to the Campus Unrest and Related Campus Activities Collection, 1962-1988
URB/CURT  
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Arrangement of Materials:
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Campus Unrest and Related Campus Activities Collection
    Dates: 1962-1988
    Identification: URB/CURT
    Creator: San Fernando Valley State College
    Physical Description: 5.50 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Urban Archives
    Abstract: California State University, Northridge, then called San Fernando Valley State College, was a center for the wave of campus unrest and minority protests that rocked the nation during the mid-1960s and the early 1970s. Radiating throughout the student body, faculty, campus administration, and greater community, the atmosphere of turmoil bred discord and disruption for the governing agencies within the university system, and within the state. The bulk of the collection is made up of news clippings, arranged chronologically, and interwoven with other types of documentation that afford an interesting fabric of events.

    Historical Note:

    The San Fernando Valley campus of Los Angeles State College opened to students in 1956 on land that once produced citrus, avocado, and walnuts. Just two years later, in the fall 1958, that campus became San Fernando Valley State College (SFVSC). With the creation of the CSU system in 1972 SFVSC became California State University, Northridge (CSUN).
    The Official groundbreaking for the college was January 4, 1956. Classes were held in temporary buildings as construction continued throughout campus. The old library was the first building on campus to be completed; however it was destroyed following the 1994 Northridge Earthquake.
    The campus gained a national reputation for being one of the centers of campus activism during the mid-1960s and the early 1970s, and the documentation supports the University's struggles against such national issues as the Vietnam War, racism, and social and educational inequality.
    Racial tensions erupted with the take‑over of the Administration Building on November 4, 1968. Charges of racism were leveled against a white football coach, Don Markham, and the Black Student Union called for his dismissal. Twenty to twenty-five black students (with the white coaches in tow) marched to the Administration Building to take up their grievances with acting President Blomgren. In subsequent action, the black students took over the fifth floor of the Administration Building in an attempt to have their demands met.
    In the fall of 1969 Dr. James Cleary was chosen as the new President of SFVSC. He had past experience at the University of Wisconsin in dealing with student unrest. He remained President at SFVSC/CSUN for twenty-three years.
    During the tenure of campus president Dr. Blenda Wilson CSUN was again challenged. This time in the form of a 6.7 magnitude earthquake centered just 1.5 miles from campus. Causing in excess of $300 million in damages to the CSUN campus the spring semester was delayed by only two weeks.
    In 1956 1,500 students attended classes at the San Fernando Valley campus of Los Angeles State College. In 2013 total CSUN enrollment nears 37,000 students.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Corporate Name:

    California State University, Northridge
    California State University, Northridge -- Student strike, 1968
    California State University, Northridge. Dept. of Afro-American Studies
    California State University, Northridge. Dept. of Chicano Studies

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Paper records
    Photographic material

    Topical Term:

    Student movements -- California -- Los Angeles area

    Administrative Information

    Processing Information:

    Joyce L. Hoggan, 1992

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], [date], Campus Unrest and Related Campus Activities Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

    Related Materials:

    Other collections documenting California State University, Northridge's history are available in the University Archives  

    Arrangement of Materials:

    Series I: Administration, 1963-1988
    Series II: Faculty, 1967-1971
    Series III: Off-Campus Activities, 1965-1971
    Series IV: Students, 1962-1983

    Scope and Contents

    The bulk of the Campus Unrest and Related Activities Collection is made up of news clippings, arranged chronologically, and interwoven with other types of documentation that afford an interesting fabric of events. Also included are addendum, Assembly and Senate bill listings, university and student bulletins, correspondence, editorials, flyers, interviews, course lists, memoranda, reports and summaries, proposals, petitions, statements, posters, questionnaires, and surveillance lists of organizations. The collection has been divided into four series: Administration (1963-1988), Faculty (1967-1971), Off-Campus Activities (1965-1971), and Students (1962-1983).
    Series I, Administration, consists predominantly of news clippings, memorandum, and correspondence pertaining to the SFVSC administration's point of view on campus unrest and with regard to the events surrounding the November 4, 1968 incident and minority issues.
    Series II, Faculty, consists primarily of news clippings, statements, memorandum, resolutions, notices, and flyers. In part, they express the SFVSC faculty's point of view with regard to the events of campus unrest and those surrounding the November 4, 1968 incident and minority issues.
    Series III, Off-Campus Activities, consists primarily of gate literature, news clippings, flyers, posters, and correspondence. It offers examples of related and unrelated activities that took place off the SFVSC campus during this time period, and gives insight into the tumultuous times of the 1960's and early 1970's. In part, it reflects generic unrest, while a portion of the series is directly related to the events surrounding the November 4, 1968 incident.
    Series IV, Students, contains many news clippings, newsletters, flyers, bulletins, correspondence, and statements. The documents help to illustrate the students’ point of view during this period at SFVSC.