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University Archives Photograph Collection

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Abstract

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Academics

Alumni

Athletics

Campus

Donors

Events on Campus

Earthquakes

Faculty, Staff, and Administration

Libraries

Students

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University Archives Photograph Collection, 1886-2012 | Special Collections & Archives

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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],
[All]

Series VII: Earthquakes, 1971-1999Save to your list.
Subseries A: Sylmar Earthquake, 1971-1986Save to your list.
Box 90Save to your list.
Folder 7: South Library, Interior Damage, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 8: South Library, Interior Damage, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 9: South Library, Exterior Damage, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 10: Sierra Tower, 1971Save to your list.
Subseries B: Northridge Earthquake, 1994-1999Save to your list.
Box 46Save to your list.
Folder 2: General, February 1994-November 1995Save to your list.
Box 47Save to your list.
Folder 1: General, February-April 1994Save to your list.
Box 48Save to your list.
Folder 1: General, Alphabetical, February-June 1995Save to your list.
Includes Temporary Buildings and Chemical Cleanup
Box 49Save to your list.
Folder 1: Asbestos Abatement, December 1992-July 1994Save to your list.
Folder 2: Oviatt Library, Exterior Damage, December 1992-April 1994Save to your list.
Folder 3: Oviatt Library, Interior Damage, March 1994-1994 July 7Save to your list.
Folder 4: North Library Annex, March 1994-1994 July 1Save to your list.
Folder 5: Students, March-April 1994Save to your list.
Folder 6: Temporary Buildings, March 1994-1994 July 1Save to your list.
Folder 7: Workers, March 1994-1994 July 1Save to your list.
Box 50Save to your list.
Folder 1: Oviatt Library, Countdown to Re-opening, June-July 1994Save to your list.
Box 51Save to your list.
Folder 1: Slideshow #1Save to your list.
Folder 2: Slideshow #2Save to your list.
Folder 3: Slideshow #3, 1994 August 30Save to your list.
Folder 4: Slideshow #4, 1994 January 28Save to your list.
Folder 5: Album, January 1994-1994 July 1Save to your list.
Box 91Save to your list.
Folder 1: Campus Buildings, July 1997Save to your list.
Folder 2: Congressional Field Hearing, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 3: General Views, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 4: Oviatt, Core Re-Opening, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 5: Oviatt, East Wing Demolition, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 6: Oviatt, Exterior Damage, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 7: Oviatt, Interior Damage, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 8: Oviatt, Reconstruction, 1994 March - 1994 April, 1999Save to your list.
Folder 9: Oviatt, Reconstruction, 1998 September 30Save to your list.
Folder 10: Oviatt, West Wing Damage, 1994 March - 1994 AprilSave to your list.
Box 92Save to your list.
Folder 1: Oviatt, West Wing Demolition, 1997, 1999Save to your list.
Folder 2: Oviatt, Wing Re-Opening, 1998Save to your list.
Folder 3: Parking Structures, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 4: Redwood Hall, Reconstruction, 1995 October - 1995 DecemberSave to your list.
Folder 5: South Library, Exterior Damage, 1997Save to your list.
Folder 6: Student Housing, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 7: Tents and Temporary Buildings, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 8: A, 1972-1991Save to your list.
Folder 9: Baca-Bianchi, 1976, 1991Save to your list.
Box 112Save to your list.
Item 2: Northridge Earthquake, Images A, 1994Save to your list.
Item 3: Northridge Earthquake, Images B, 1994Save to your list.
Item 4: Northridge Earthquake, Images C, 1994Save to your list.
Item 5: Northridge Earthquake, Images D, 1994Save to your list.
Item 6: Northridge Earthquake, Images E, 1994Save to your list.
Item 7: Northridge Earthquake, Images F, 1994Save to your list.
Item 8: Northridge Earthquake, Images G, 1994Save to your list.
Item 9: Northridge Earthquake, Images H, 1994Save to your list.
Item 10: Northridge Earthquake, Images I, 1994Save to your list.
Item 11: Northridge Earthquake, Images J, 1994Save to your list.
Item 12: Northridge Earthquake, Images K, 1994Save to your list.
Item 13: Northridge Earthquake, Images L, 1994Save to your list.
Item 14: Northridge Earthquake, Images M, 1994Save to your list.
Item 15: Northridge Earthquake, Images N, 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],
[All]


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