UC San Diego. Campus Expansion Files, 1951-1964 (RSS 3)

Extent: 2.8 Linear feet (7 archives boxes)

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.

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.

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.

Arranged in two series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE and 2) SUBJECT FILES.

SMC 6 - Roger Revelle Papers, 1928-1976.

SAC 1 - Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Office of the Director Records.

Container List


Scope and Contents of Series

SERIES 1) CORRESPONDENCE: 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. Arranged by subject and thereunder chronologically.

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


Scope and Contents of Series

SERIES 2) SUBJECT FILES: 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 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. Arranged alphabetically by subject and thereunder chronologically.

Box 1 Folder 6
Building and Campus Development Committee, 1957-1959
Box 1 Folder 7-8
Building Program, 1959-1964
Box 1 Folder 9
Buildings and Grounds, 1959-1961

Campus Development and Expansion Plans

Box 1 Folder 10
General, 1955
Box 3 Folder 4
General, 1956-1957

Special Committee on Policy and Program Development.

Box 2 Folder 1-4
General, 1956-1961
Box 2 Folder 5
Air Traffic/Noise Studies

1958 and 1962.

Box 2 Folder 6
Architects and Engineers, 1953-1961
Box 2 Folder 7
Charts, Tables, Statistics, 1955-1964
Box 2 Folder 8
Highway Planning, 1952-1960
Box 2 Folder 9
Pereira Study, 1958
Box 3 Folder 1-2
Space, 1958-1961
Box 3 Folder 3
Space Committee, Ad Hoc, 1960-1961
Box 3 Folder 5
Campus Planning Committee, 1956-1961
Box 3 Folder 6-7
Capital Outlay Program, 1960-1961
Box 3 Folder 8
Capital Outlay Program and Major Improvement Program, 1960-1961
Box 4 Folder 1
Chief Campus Officer, 1958-1961
Box 4 Folder 2
Director's Administrative Advisory Council, 1958-1960
Box 4 Folder 3
Enrollment Projections

1957, 1960.

Box 4 Folder 4
General Ceremonies, 1959-1961
Box 4 Folder 5
Health, Education, and Welfare, Dept. of - Funding Questionnaire, 1956-1957


Box 4 Folder 6
General correspondence, 1955-1961
Box 4 Folder 7
Geological Surveys, 1958
Box 4 Folder 8
Los Penasquitos Rancho, 1961
Box 4 Folder 9
South of Scripps Campus, 1958-1961

Land acquisition

Box 4 Folder 10
Camp Elliott, 1961
Box 4 Folder 11
Camp Matthews, 1956-1961
Box 4 Folder 12
City Negotiations, 1955-1961
Box 5 Folder 1
Pueblo Lots, 1956-1961
Box 5 Folder 2
Naming of the campus, 1957-1961
Box 5 Folder 3
President's Administrative Advisory Conference, 1957
Box 5 Folder 4-6
Proposition 3, 1956
Box 5 Folder 7
Proposition 3 - Endorsements and Newsletters, 1956-1958
Box 5 Folder 8
Proposition D, 1958

Regents - General

Box 6 Folder 1
Lake Arrowhead Conference on Educational Policy, 1957
Box 6 Folder 2
La Jolla Campus Expansion Materials, 1955-1960

Regents - Meetings

Box 6 Folder 3
Regents - Meetings, 1957-1958
Box 6 Folder 4
Combined Committees on Educational Policy, 1956-1958
Box 6 Folder 5
Committee on Educational Policy, 1956-1963
Box 6 Folder 6
Committee on Finance, 1960
Box 6 Folder 7
Committee on Grounds and Buildings, 1956-1960
Box 6 Folder 8
Joint Committee Meetings, 1956-1960
Box 6 Folder 9
Special Committee on New Campus Sites, 1956-1960
Box 6 Folder 10
Technical Advisory Committee, 1956
Box 7 Folder 1
School of Science and Engineering - Dedication, 1956-1961
Box 7 Folder 2
School of Science and Engineering - Detailed Project Program #3, 1961-1962
Box 7 Folder 3
University of California - Alumni Institute, 1956
Box 7 Folder 4
University of California Sub-Committee Minutes, 1955

Subcommittee of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.

Box 7 Folder 5
University of California - Vice-President, Business Affairs, 1953-1960

Minutes of staff meetings and miscellany.