Abstract

Records (1951-1964) concerning the expansion of the La Jolla campus of the University of California, consisting largely of the correspondence of Roger Revelle, director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, dean of the School of Science and Engineering and first chief administrative officer of the University of California, San Diego. Materials include correspondence with the San Diego aerospace firm General Dynamics; files on facilities planning and campus building programs; materials concerning acquisition of property for campus expansion and negotiations with the City of San Diego; files on campus and system-wide committees; and, correspondence concerning the naming of the campus. The records are arranged in two series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE and 2) SUBJECT FILES.

Administrative History

The efforts to establish a branch of the University of California at San Diego progressed with the passage, on March 30, 1955, of a state assembly measure requesting the Regents to conduct a feasibility study for expanding the Scripps Institution campus or creating a new site. Support for the new campus came from influential local community and industrial interests, including the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, General Dynamics, Ryan Aeronautical, and Solar Aircraft. General Dynamics donated $100,000 toward the venture and pledged another $1 million.

Roger Revelle, director (1950-1964) of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and his staff drafted a proposal that envisioned a largely graduate research institute in science and technology with a low faculty-student ratio and an eventual undergraduate student body.

In 1958 William Pereira and Associates produced a site selection study that recommended the expansion of the La Jolla campus on San Diego city-owned pueblo lands. In September of 1959, the UC Regents requested funding from the legislature to build the School of Science and Engineering (Revelle College campus). Groundbreaking for the new campus commenced on May 18, 1961.

Scope and Content

The Campus Expansion Files consist largely of the correspondence and subject files of Roger Revelle, although a few items are from the office of Chancellor Herbert York. The materials are arranged in two series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE and 2) SUBJECT FILES.

SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE

The CORRESPONDENCE, arranged by subject and thereunder chronologically, includes correspondence with the San Diego aerospace firm General Dynamics (formerly Convair) concerning the firm's support for campus expansion and correspondence with the San Diego Chamber of Commerce concerning local business interest in the development of the campus.

SERIES 2: SUBJECT FILES

The SUBJECT FILES are arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder chronologically. They include correspondence, news clippings, reports, news releases, notes, memos, and miscellany. The files entitled "Campus Development and Expansion Plans" include studies of air traffic and noise in the proposed campus area and materials relating to the 1958 site selection study by the firm of William Pereira and Associates. Also included in the SUBJECT FILES are materials relating to the Campus Planning Committee; materials relating to San Diego city ballot measures which concerned donation of Pueblo lots to UCSD; materials relating to land acquisitions for campus expansion; correspondence relating to the naming of the campus; files on UC Regents meetings and conferences relating to campus expansion; and, minutes of meetings of the staff of the UC Vice-President for Business Affairs, 1953-1960.

RELATED COLLECTIONS

At the Scripps Institution of Oceanography: the Roger Revelle Papers, 1928-1976 [SIO MC 6]; and the records of the Office of the Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Revelle), 1930-1963 [SIO AC 11].

CORRESPONDENCE

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1 1 General, 1951 - 1958.
1 2 General, 1959 - 1963.
1 3 Convair/General Dynamics, 1955 - 1958.
1 4 San Diego Chamber of Commerce, 1956.
1 5 State of California - Department of Education, 1956.

SUBJECT FILES

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1 6 Building and Campus Development Committee, 1957 - 1959.
1 7 Building Program, 1959 - 1964.
1 8 Building Program, 1959 - 1964.
1 9 Buildings and Grounds, 1959 - 1961.
1 10 Campus Development and Expansion Plans - General, 1955.
2 1 Campus Development and Expansion Plans - General, 1956.
2 2 Campus Development and Expansion Plans - General, 1957.
2 3 Campus Development and Expansion Plans - General, 1958.
2 4 Campus Development and Expansion Plans - General, 1959 - 1961.
2 5 Campus Development and Expansion Plans - Air Traffic/Noise Studies. 1958 and 1962.
2 6 Campus Development and Expansion Plans - Architects and Engineers, 1953 - 1961.
2 7 Campus Development and Expansion Plans - Charts, Tables, Statistics, 1955 - 1964.
2 8 Campus Development and Expansion Plans - Highway Planning, 1952 - 1960.
2 9 Campus Development and Expansion Plans - Pereira Study, 1958.
3 1 Campus Development and Expansion Plans - Space, 1958 - 1960.
3 2 Campus Development and Expansion Plans - Space, 1961.
3 3 Campus Development and Expansion Plans - Space Committee, Ad Hoc, 1960 - 1961.
3 4 Campus Development and Expansion Plans, 1956 - 1957. Special Committee on Policy and Program Development.
3 5 Campus Planning Committee, 1956 - 1961.
3 6 Capital Outlay Program, 1960.
3 7 Capital Outlay Program, 1960 - 1961.
3 8 Capital Outlay Program and Major Improvement Program, 1960 - 1961.
4 1 Chief Campus Officer, 1958 - 1961.
4 2 Director's Administrative Advisory Council, 1958 - 1960.
4 3 Enrollment Projections. 1957, 1960.
4 4 General Ceremonies, 1959 - 1961.
4 5 Health, Education, and Welfare, Dept. of - Funding Questionnaire, 1956 - 1957.
4 6 Land - General correspondence, 1955 - 1961.
4 7 Land - Geological Surveys, 1958.
4 8 Land - Los Penasquitos Rancho, 1961.
4 9 Land - South of Scripps Campus, 1958 - 1961.
4 10 Land Acquisition - Camp Elliott, 1961.
4 11 Land Acquisition - Camp Matthews, 1956 - 1961.
4 12 Land Acquisition - City Negotiations, 1955 - 1961.
5 1 Land Acquisition - Pueblo Lots, 1956 - 1961.
5 2 Naming of the Campus, 1957 - 1961.
5 3 President's Administrative Advisory Conference, 1957.
5 4 Proposition 3, 1956.
5 5 Proposition 3. 1958, July - August.
5 6 Proposition 3. 1958, September - 1959, January.
5 7 Proposition 3 - Endorsements and Newsletters, 1956 - 1958.
5 8 Proposition D, 1958.
6 1 Regents - General - Lake Arrowhead Conference on Educational Policy, 1957.
6 2 Regents - General - La Jolla Campus Expansion Materials, 1955 - 1960.
6 3 Regents - Meetings, 1957 - 1958.
6 4 Regents - Meetings - Combined Committees on Educational Policy, 1956 - 1958.
6 5 Regents - Meetings - Committee on Educational Policy, 1956 - 1963.
6 6 Regents - Meetings - Committee on Finance, 1960.
6 7 Regents - Meetings - Committee on Grounds and Buildings, 1956 - 1960.
6 8 Regents - Meetings - Joint Committee Meetings, 1956 - 1960.
6 9 Regents - Meetings - Special Committee on New Campus Sites, 1956 - 1960.
6 10 Regents - Meetings - Technical Advisory Committee, 1956.
7 1 School of Science and Engineering - Dedication, 1956 - 1961.
7 2 School of Science and Engineering - Detailed Project Program #3, 1961 - 1962.
7 3 University of California - Alumni Institute, 1956.
7 4 University of California Sub-Committee Minutes, 1955. Subcommittee of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.
7 5 University of California - Vice-President, Business Affairs, 1953 - 1960. Minutes of staff meetings and miscellany.



Finding aid generated: 2005-11-09