Scope and Content
Title: Arnold Joyal Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1940-1995
Joyal, Arnold, 1902-1999
Extent: 1.5 linear foot
Audiovisual: One reel-to-reel videotape in box 4.
Photographs: In box 1.
Henry Madden Library (California State University, Fresno).
Sanoian Special Collections Library.
The papers were donated by Arnold Joyal in 1996.
The collection is open for research.
Copyright has been transferred to California State University, Fresno.
[Identification of item], Arnold Joyal Papers, Sanoian Special Collections Library,
California State University, Fresno.
Arnold Edward Joyal was born on October 13, 1902, in Quebec, Canada. At the University of
California, Berkeley, Joyal received a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. Joyal remained in the field
of education throughout his professional life and began his career in 1926 as a teacher
and later as the principal of Union High School in Wheatland, California. He taught at
many schools and universities and led as the Dean of the College of Education at the
University of Oklahoma between 1945 and 1948 and the third President of Fresno State
College (now California State University, Fresno) between 1948 and 1964.
Joyal also served as a specialist in school finance with the United States Office of
Education in Washington D.C. from 1931 to 1933. He remained actively interested in this
area and was made chairman of the National Education Association (NEA) Committee of Tax
Education and School Finance. He also wrote widely in the field of education and contributed
numerous articles to educational journals. Arnold Joyal died on May 28, 1999.
Scope and Content
The Arnold Joyal papers measure 1.5 linear foot and date from 1940 to 1996. The papers
predominantly cover Joyal's professional life and are arranged into two series: Personal
Personal series (1923, 1945-1995) contains various
profiles of Joyal's personal and professional achievements. Starting in 1950, Arnold
Joyal and his wife began to send newsletters to family and friends at the start of each
new year in place of Christmas cards. The letters contain brief outlines of various
important events of the Joyal family over the previous year. There is a photograph of
Joyal's seventy-year reunion at the University of California at Berkeley in 1995 and a
certificate to celebrate the event and also a photograph of Joyal at a conference in 1923
while still a student at Berkeley. Joyal was also a member of The Academy, a society
where prominent Fresnans met once a month to discuss contemporary issues. There are two
of Joyal's topical papers which he read at those meetings.
Professional series (1940-1988) contains appointment
diaries which Joyal kept over the course of thirty years documenting his day-to-day
personal and professional activities. This section predominantly covers the time period
when Joyal was president of Fresno State College. The newspaper clippings as well as the
speeches and reports all describe events and achievements at Fresno State College during
Throughout his professional career Joyal published articles which dealt with education
and increasing federal support for schools. He also wrote reports and gave speeches on
these issues while at the University of Oklahoma. In 1971 Joyal was invited by the Board
of Trustees at Golden Gate College to write a report on the organization and management
of the College as an objective outsider. In addition, there are miscellaneous writings on
democracy, individuality and the social sciences. His interest was not restricted to
education in the United States. He also went on study tours to observe the educational
standards and techniques of other countries.
Printed Works by Joyal in the University Archives
The California State University, Fresno Foundation: a History from 1931 to 1976.
Pioneer Publishing, 1977.
Factors Relating to the Establishment of Junior Colleges with Special Reference to California.
University of California Press, 1932.