Scope and Content
Title: Clarence A. Dykstra Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1930-1950,
Date (bulk): bulk 1930-1945
Collection number: 125
Creator: Dykstra, Clarence A. (Clarence Addison), 1883-1950
Extent: 78 boxes (39 linear ft.)
1 oversize box
Abstract: Clarence A. Dykstra (1883-1950) was the director of personnel and efficiency for the Department of Water and Power in Los
Angeles (1926-30), professor of municipal administration at UCLA (1923-30), the city manager of Cincinnati, Ohio (1930-37),
provost at UCLA (1945-50), and director of the Selective Service (1940-41). Boxes 2-7, 15, 18-21, 27-29, 33-34, 36, 47-48,
62, 66, 76, and 78 include correspondence, texts of speeches, clippings, and papers covering Dykstra's career as the city
manager of Cincinnati, Ohio, and president of the University of Wisconsin as well as materials related to his work on the
National Resources Board and as Selective Service director.
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department
of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Dykstra was born on February 25, 1883, in Cleveland, Ohio; AB, State University of Iowa, 1903; fellow in history and assistant
in political science, University of Chicago, 1903-04 and 1906-08; taught in private schools in Pensacola, Florida, 1904-06;
instructor in history and government, Ohio State University, 1907-09; professor of political science and Department head,
University of Kansas, 1909-18; executive secretary, Cleveland (Ohio) Civic League (1918-20), Chicago City Club (1920-22),
and Los Angeles (California) City Club (1922-26); director of personnel and efficiency, Department of Water and Power, Los
Angeles, 1926-30; professor of municipal administration, UCLA, 1923-30; city manager, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1930-37; president,
University of Wisconsin, 1937-45; provost, UCLA, 1945-50; as a city reformer in Cincinnati in the 1930s, he argued against
downtown development while favoring a horizontal growth pattern that would allow for many commercial and residential subcenters;
he served on many national public advisory boards, and was chairman of the Committee to survey the role of the urban community
in the national economy of the National Resources Board; director, Selective Service, 1940-41; died on May 6, 1950.
Scope and Content
Boxes 2-7, 15, 18-21, 27-29, 33-34, 36, 47-48, 62, 66, 76, and 78 include correspondence, texts of speeches, clippings, and
papers covering Dykstra's career as the city manager of Cincinnati, Ohio, and president of the University of Wisconsin. Includes
materials related to his work on the National Resources Board and as Selective Service director.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Dykstra, Clarence A. (Clarence Addison), 1883-1950--Archives.
City managers--Ohio--Cincinnati--Archival resources.
Universities and colleges--Administration--Archival resources.