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University Archives Photograph Collection

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Abstract

Biographical Note

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Administrative Information

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Academics

Alumni

Athletics

Campus

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Earthquakes

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Collection Overview

Title: University Archives Photograph Collection, 1886-2012Save to your list.

ID: UAC/099

Primary Creator: Delmar T. Oviatt Library

Extent: 97.16 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Academics, 1956-2007

    Subseries A: SFVSC, 1957-1972

    Subseries B: CSUN, 1956-2007

Series II: Alumni, 1966-1992

Series III: Athletics, 1959-2008

Series IV: Campus, 1886, 1950-2001

Series V: Donors, 1969-1992

Series VI: Events on Campus, 1956-2012

Series VII: Earthquakes, 1971-1999

    Subseries A: Sylmar Earthquake, 1971-1986

    Subseries B: Northridge Earthquake, 1994-1999

Series VIII: Faculty, Staff, and Administration, 1956-2002

Series IX: Libraries, 1956-2008

Series X: Students, 1956-1995

Series XI: Visitors, 1960-19957

Forms of Material: Photographic material

Languages: English

Abstract

The University Archives Photograph Collection consists of photographs, negatives, and slides from the early 1950s through the early 2000s. This is an artificial collection, created by assembling photographs from related collections. The images document the history of California State University, Northridge, beginning with its inception in 1954 to the present day. The majority of the collection depicts campus buildings, academic activities, student activities, and employees of the college. There are also a large number of photographs featuring the Northridge Earthquake, protests on campus, and distinguished visitors to campus.

Biographical Note

The Oviatt Library created this collection of materials for study and research.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The University Archives Photograph Collection documents the history of the campus, from its inception as a satellite campus to Los Angeles State College in 1954, to its establishment as San Fernando Valley State College (SFVSC) in 1958 and subsequent renaming as California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in 1971, to the present day. A large portion of the collection documents student life, academic activities, and CSUN employees. The photographs span several decades and demonstrate a well-rounded view of clubs and associations, informational fairs, academic events and projects, student support services, events on campus, performances, political activity, and demonstrations. The collection is arranged into eleven major series: Academics (1956-2007), Alumni (1966-1992), Athletics (1959-2008), Campus (1886, 1950-2001), Donors (1969-1992), Events on Campus (1956-2012), Earthquakes (1971-1999), Faculty, Staff, and Administration (1956-2002), Libraries (1956-2008), Students (1956-1995), and Visitors (1960-1995). Photographic material consists of color and black and white, negatives, proof sheets, and slides. Because this is an assembled collection, there is little documentation to accompany the images.

Series I, Academics, documents classroom scenes, academic projects, programs organized by an academic department, scholarships given by departments, and donors to a specific academic department. The series contains two subseries: San Fernando Valley State College (1957-1972) and California State University, Northridge (1956-2007). The names on the folders reflect the department name that is contemporary to the photographs within. There is heavy emphasis on the sciences, engineering, and the Theatre Department. Titles of theater productions can also be found in the box list. This series also contains programs and resources provided through the Division of Academic Affairs such as, the Learning Resource Center and youth programs. The folders within the subseries are arranged alphabetically by academic department or school (i.e. English, department of or Humanities, school of).

Series II, Alumni, documents the activities of individual alumni as well as alumni events and clubs. The series is arranged alphabetically by topic.

Series III, Athletics, documents athletes, athletic teams, and sports games. All levels of athletics are represented in this series, from Division I to intramural sports. The series is arranged alphabetically by the name of the sport.

Series IV, Campus, documents campus buildings and construction through photos, negatives, and slides. As many of the buildings have changed names several times over the history of the campus, folder titles reflect the name of the building contemporary to the photo taken. The series also contains photographs of outdoor artwork, groundbreaking ceremonies, aerial photographs, and early photo albums commemorating the new SFVSC campus. There are a significant number of slides in this series which depict the communities and areas surrounding the campus, maps, and architectural plans. This series is arranged alphabetically by building or structure name.

Series V, Donors, documents donors, check presentations, and the President’s donor clubs through photos, slides, and negatives. The donor club photos include fundraising events and groups photos. This series does not include donors to specific academic departments; those photos will be found in the Academic Series. The series is arranged alphabetically by name or topic.

Series VI, Events on Campus, documents a wide range of events that occurred on campus through photographs, negatives, and slides. Events include: commemorative events, political forums, vendor fairs, performances, exhibits, conferences, and demonstrations. There are many photos depicting folk art, music festivals, and cultural events, as well as protests and political demonstrations on campus. Significant events documented in this series include rallies and protests organized in reaction to the events of November 4, 1968, and the George McGovern political rally which featured speakers, Cass Elliott and Jon Voight.  This series is arranged alphabetically by topic or event title.

Series VII, Earthquakes, contains photos, negatives, and slides documenting the two major earthquakes that caused damage to the campus. Images are divided into two subseries: Sylmar Earthquake (1971-1986) and Northridge Earthquake (1994-1999). The photographs in this series depict the aftermath of the earthquakes, damage to campus buildings, emergency workers, temporary buildings, press statements, and building reconstruction. The subseries are arranged chronologically, then alphabetically by topic.

Series VIII, Faculty, Staff, and Administration, documents anyone employed by the university, contractors, board members, and faculty wives. This series is arranged alphabetically by the name of the individual, department, or group. Photographs include portraits, clubs and associations, conferences, meetings, and parties.

Series IX, Libraries, contains photographs, negatives, and slides documenting the Oviatt library, South Library, and temporary library buildings. There are also images depicting staff parties, events taking place within the library, building construction, donors to the library, and library exhibits. The series is arranged alphabetically by library name.

Series X, Students, documents individual students, student life, accomplishments, clubs, exchange students, activities and resources through photos, negatives, and slides. There is also subject matter that falls under the purview of the Division of Student Affairs. These include images of career planning and fairs, counseling centers, handicapped and disabled student centers, the National Center on Deafness (NCOD), and the University Student Union programs. This series also contains photos of commencements and incoming students at registration and orientation. Photos are arranged alphabetically by topic.

Series XI, Visitors, documents the notable visitors to campus through photographs, negatives and slides. CSUN had strong ties to foreign communities and there are many images of foreign ambassadors and visitors. There are also many photos of political figures including Lyndon Johnson, President Clinton, Robert Kennedy, and Tom Bradley, and visiting actors, musicians, authors and nobel prize winners. Some visitors of note are: Cesar Chavez, Ray Bradbury, Sally Ride, Buckminster Fuller, and Andre Segovia. The series is arranged alphabetically.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has 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.

Original/Copies Note: Digital reproductions of selected items in this collection are available electronically as a part of the San Fernando Valley History Digital Library and CSUN University Archives project. For more information please see https://digital-library.csun.edu/.

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Amelia Parks, 2016


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I: Academics, 1956-2007]
[Series II: Alumni, 1966-1992]
[Series III: Athletics, 1959-2008]
[Series IV: Campus, 1886, 1950-2001]
[Series V: Donors, 1969-1992]
[Series VI: Events on Campus, 1956-2012]
[Series VII: Earthquakes, 1971-1999]
[Series VIII: Faculty, Staff, and Administration, 1956-2002]
[Series IX: Libraries, 1956-2008]
[Series X: Students, 1956-1995]
[Series XI: Visitors, 1960-1995],
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Series IV: Campus, 1886, 1950-2001Save to your list.
Box 14Save to your list.
Folder 1: Administration Building, August 1963-June 1984Save to your list.
Folder 2: Art Design Center, May 1982-July 1983Save to your list.
Folder 3: Art Gallery, July 1985Save to your list.
Folder 4: Aerial Shots, 1971 August 27-January 1982Save to your list.
Box 15Save to your list.
Folder 1: Aerial Views, April 1964-October 1986Save to your list.
Folder 2: General Views, February 1965, February 1971-September 1982, November 1990, June 1995Save to your list.
Folder 3: Campus Sculpture, October 1973Save to your list.
Folder 4: Logos, Seals, and Signage, May 1975-April 1983, July 1994-February 1995Save to your list.
Folder 5: Other Universities, August 1970Save to your list.
Box 16Save to your list.
Folder 1: Historical, General, [1950-1969]Save to your list.
Folder 2: Historical, San Fernando Valley, 1886-1950Save to your list.
Folder 3: Album, Velardi, Ernest J. Jr., 1957-July 1959Save to your list.
Folder 4: Album, Heliker, Virgil, September 1968-October 1968Save to your list.
Box 17Save to your list.
Folder 1: Faculty Office Building, January 1983-December 1984Save to your list.
Folder 2: Bookstore and Cafeteria Complex, 1960Save to your list.
Box 18Save to your list.
Folder 1: University Student Union, May 1974-February 1981Save to your list.
Folder 2: Physical Education and Kinesiology Complex, September 1973-Setember 1989Save to your list.
Folder 3: Album, Construction, January 1974-October 1980Save to your list.
Box 19Save to your list.
Folder 1: Science Buildings, [1967]-July 1983Save to your list.
Folder 2: Engineering, June 1974-August 1983Save to your list.
Box 20Save to your list.
Folder 1: Music, 1968, February 1974-December 1984Save to your list.
Folder 2: Speech and Drama, April 1976-October 1978Save to your list.
Folder 3: Fine Arts, August 1962, June 1970-January 1982Save to your list.
Box 21Save to your list.
Folder 1: Album, San Fernando Valley State College, 1960-December 1972Save to your list.
Box 22Save to your list.
Folder 1: Architectural Models, September 1973-October 1990Save to your list.
Folder 2: California State University Colleges, Slide Show, November 1967-October 1973Save to your list.
Folder 3: Surrounding Areas, April 1978-May 1983Save to your list.
Box 23Save to your list.
Folder 1: Addie Klotz Student Health Center, May 1976-August 1983Save to your list.
Folder 2: Monterey Hall, June 1977-August 1983Save to your list.
Folder 3: University Club, September 1974, June 1983Save to your list.
Box 24Save to your list.
Folder 1: North Campus, January 1984Save to your list.
Folder 2: Student Housing, August 1978-September 1986Save to your list.
Box 25Save to your list.
Folder 1: Sierra Tower, September 1973-December 1984Save to your list.
Folder 2: Sierra Hall, September 1971-July 1983Save to your list.
Folder 3: Jerome Richfield Hall, September 1976-January 1978Save to your list.
Box 81Save to your list.
Folder 3: Administration Building, November 1964-September 1983Save to your list.
Folder 4: Administration Building, 1991, 1993Save to your list.
Folder 5: Administration Building, Construction, 1963Save to your list.
Folder 6: Administration Building, Interior, 1966, ca. 1968Save to your list.
Folder 7: Aerial Views, 1960-1973Save to your list.
Folder 8: Album, Campus Construction, ca. 1962Save to your list.
Folder 9: Album, Fine Arts 250, Photography I, Instructor AlsopSave to your list.
Box 82Save to your list.
Folder 1: Album, Pictoral History, Photo by Virgil HelikerSave to your list.
Folder 2: Album, SFVSC, 1964Save to your list.
Folder 3: Arboretum, November 1980-Spring 1981Save to your list.
Folder 4: Art and Design Center, Construction, 1982, 1991Save to your list.
Folder 5: Athletic Facilities and Fields, September 1980, Fall 1981Save to your list.
Folder 6: Bookstore, Exterior, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 7: Bookstore, Interior, Fall 1975, Spring 1982Save to your list.
Folder 8: Botanic GardensSave to your list.
Folder 9: Business Administration, Spring 1992-1993 June 10Save to your list.
Folder 10: Business Administration, InteriorSave to your list.
Folder 11: Business Administration and Education Complex Ground Breaking, 1991Save to your list.
Folder 12: Cafeteria, 1960 October 4-May 1961, Spring 1966-1967 May 1Save to your list.
Folder 13: Chisholm Hall, Spring 1987, May 1989Save to your list.
Folder 14: Chisholm Hall, Groundbreaking CeremonySave to your list.
Folder 15: Chisholm Hall, Groundbreaking, 1986 May 16Save to your list.
Box 83Save to your list.
Folder 1: "The Cooler", 1958Save to your list.
Folder 2: "CSUN" Sculpture, April 1975, September 1988, Fall 1992Save to your list.
Folder 3: EducationSave to your list.
Folder 4: Engineering, 1962 October 29-May 1968, ca. 1976, 1991 October 26Save to your list.
Folder 5: Engineering, Construction, Fall 1992Save to your list.
Folder 6: Faculty Office Building, Fall 1982- Summer 1984Save to your list.
Folder 7: Fine Arts, 1960 October 4-1967 May 1, 1977Save to your list.
Folder 8: Fine Arts, May 1968-1970, 1991 October 26Save to your list.
Folder 9: Fine Arts, Interior, 1984 January 27Save to your list.
Folder 10: General Views, 1965 June 9-December 1971, February 1983Save to your list.
Folder 11: Information Kiosk, Fall 1992Save to your list.
Folder 12: Klotz, Addie, Student Health Center, 1975 September 25-October 1981, Fall 1991Save to your list.
Folder 13: Lecture HallSave to your list.
Folder 14: Monterey Hall, 1961 January 15Save to your list.
Folder 15: Temporary Buildings, LASC-SFVSC, 1956, May 1968, ca. 1976Save to your list.
Folder 16: Theaters, LASC-SFVSC, July 1957Save to your list.
Box 84Save to your list.
Folder 1: Music, Exterior, 1960 October 18-July 1970Save to your list.
Folder 2: Music, InteriorSave to your list.
Folder 3: Natural Science Laboratory, April-Summer 1987Save to your list.
Folder 4: North Campus, 1987 October 13Save to your list.
Folder 5: North Campus, Construction, Fall 1983, 1987Save to your list.
Folder 6: North Campus, Groundbreaking, June-July 1987Save to your list.
Folder 7: Northridge Hall, Exterior, 1966 June 22-1968 December 18Save to your list.
Folder 8: Northridge Hall, Interior, 1967 April 7Save to your list.
Folder 9: ObservatorySave to your list.
Folder 10: Parking Lots, November 1964, 1967 May 1Save to your list.
Folder 11: Physical Education Addition, 1994 October 19-1995 May 11Save to your list.
Box 85Save to your list.
Folder 1: Physical Education, AdditionSave to your list.
Folder 2: Physical Education, Addition, 1995 February 14-November 8Save to your list.
Folder 3: Physical Education, Addition, June 1995Save to your list.
Folder 4: Physical Education, Addition, 1995 December 12Save to your list.
Folder 5: Physical Education, Exterior, 1961 November 12-May 1968Save to your list.
Folder 6: Physical Education, InteriorsSave to your list.
Folder 7: Physical Plant Management, March 1981Save to your list.
Folder 8: Rincon HallSave to your list.
Folder 9: Road Construction, 1970 June 7-1971 September 25Save to your list.
Folder 10: San Fernando Valley State College, Groundbreaking and Construction, 1955-1957, 1966 January 1Save to your list.
Folder 11: Satellite Student Union, Fall 1990Save to your list.
Folder 12: Science, ExteriorSave to your list.
Folder 13: Science, Exterior, 1961 January 15-May 1968, September 1978, March 1983, 1991-Fall 1992Save to your list.
Folder 14: Science, InteriorSave to your list.
Folder 15: Science, Planetarium, 1991 January 20-Fall 1992, 2000-2001Save to your list.
Folder 16: Sierra Complex, June 1965-May 1968Save to your list.
Box 86Save to your list.
Folder 1: Sierra Complex, July 1968, January 1976-1986, Fall 1991-Fall 1992Save to your list.
Folder 2: Sierra Complex, ConstructionSave to your list.
Folder 3: Sierra Tower, Clock, Summer 1983Save to your list.
Folder 4: Sculptures, August-December 1968, 1975Save to your list.
Folder 5: Speech and Drama, 1960 October 4-December 1963, May 1968Save to your list.
Folder 6: Stadium, August 1987Save to your list.
Folder 7: Student Housing, 1981, Fall 1984Save to your list.
Folder 8: The Tub and Cafe Ole, 1968-1969Save to your list.
Folder 9: University Park Apartments, 1987-1989 September 1Save to your list.
Folder 10: University Student Center, 1975-1976Save to your list.
Folder 11: University Student Center, Construction, June 1976Save to your list.
Folder 12: University Student Union, 1978 October 21, April 1983, September 2001Save to your list.
Folder 13: University Student Union, Pool, June 1976Save to your list.
Folder 14: University Tower Apartments, 1970 November 13, 1976-1977Save to your list.
Folder 15: University Tower Apartments, Construction, 1968Save to your list.
Folder 16: Unidentified BuildingsSave to your list.
Folder 17: Unidentified Construction and Groundbreaking, 1970 January 20Save to your list.
Folder 18: Women's Center, Fall 1992Save to your list.
Box 109Save to your list.
Folder 2: GeneralSave to your list.
Box 110Save to your list.
Folder 1: San Fernando Valley State College, AlbumSave to your list.
Box 111Save to your list.
Folder 3: Aerial ShotsSave to your list.
Folder 4: Construction, San Fernando Valley State CollegeSave to your list.
Folder 5: GeneralSave to your list.
Folder 6: Kinesiology, Redwood Hall, Construction, Addition, November 1994Save to your list.

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Academics, 1956-2007]
[Series II: Alumni, 1966-1992]
[Series III: Athletics, 1959-2008]
[Series IV: Campus, 1886, 1950-2001]
[Series V: Donors, 1969-1992]
[Series VI: Events on Campus, 1956-2012]
[Series VII: Earthquakes, 1971-1999]
[Series VIII: Faculty, Staff, and Administration, 1956-2002]
[Series IX: Libraries, 1956-2008]
[Series X: Students, 1956-1995]
[Series XI: Visitors, 1960-1995],
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