Committee for Arts and Lectures records, 1962-1971 (RSS 1254)

Extent: 0.8 Linear feet 2 archives boxes

The records of the UCSD Committee for Arts and Lectures document the activities of an early interdepartmental committee which reported directly to the chancellor. The committee planned, scheduled, publicized, and managed all events on campus, including fine arts exhibits, film presentations, performing arts, and lecture series. Later, the committee formed subcommittees for areas such theatre and dance, lectures, art, and music. The files contain annual and event attendance reports, budget notes, meeting minutes, correspondence, program descriptions, and newspaper clippings concerned with UCSD's early performing arts program and lecture series.

The UCSD Committee for Arts and Lectures (CAL), part of a UC systemwide program, was organized as an interdepartmental administrative committee which reported directly to the chancellor, beginning with Herbert York in 1961. In the beginning, the committee functioned as a centralized body to plan, schedule, publicize, and manage all cultural events presented on campus and at the Art Center of La Jolla, including fine arts, performing arts, art festivals, and lecture series.

By 1971, CAL was decentralized into subcommittees representing different units of programming including theatre and dance, lectures, art, and music. Each of the subcommittees consisted of students and faculty and was responsible for its own budgets and administration.

The first acting chairman of the committee was Thomas Manar, a publicist for the Public Information Office. Other early committee members included musician Sam Hinton and faculty member Donald Crothers. Other chairmen included David Antin, Fred B. Phelger, John L. Stewart, T.W. Forbes, and W.L. Ogden.

The committee also managed a lecture series, co-sponsored with the San Diego Theatre and Arts Foundation, which brought distinguished faculty, political figures, and civil rights activists to speak on campus. In partnership with Black Student Council, the committee developed a program that addressed the issues of African Americans and Mexican Americans. Among the distinguished speakers were César Chávez, Harrison Salisbury, John K. Galbraith, Henry A. Kissinger, Walter Reuther, Reis Lopez Tijerina, Adam Clayton Powell, and Eldridge Cleaver.

The Committee for the Arts and Lectures were also interested in introducing students and the community at large to important American writers, actors, artists, and scientists, and invited lecturers such as John Steinbeck, Julius Lester, John Cage, and Marlon Brando to speak.

SERIES 1: SUBJECT FILES

The Subject Files of the Committee for Arts and Lectures (CAL) pertain to committee's general activities. Files contain annual and event attendance reports, budget notes, meeting minutes, correspondence, program descriptions, and newspaper clippings concerned with UCSD's performing arts and lectures series. Also included are materials documenting All-University Annual Student Art Festival held in 1964-1966. Records are arranged alphabetically.

Container List

Subject Files

All-University Student Art Festival

Box 1 Folder 1
1964-1965
Box 1 Folder 2
1966
Box 1 Folder 3
Annual Reports, Events and Attendance Reports, 1962 - 1968
Box 1 Folder 4
ASUCSD Lectures Committee, 1968 - 1969
Box 1 Folder 5
ASUCSD Performing Arts Committee, 1968
Box 1 Folder 6
Black Student's Council - Performing Series, 1968 - 1969
Box 1 Folder 7
Budgets, 1963 - 1970
Box 1 Folder 8
Centennial Committee, 1965 - 1967

Committee for Arts and Lectures

Box 1 Folder 9
1968-1969
Box 1 Folder 10
1969-1970
Box 2 Folder 1
Concerts, 1967 - 1969
Box 2 Folder 2
Concerts Subcommittee, 1968 - 1969
Box 2 Folder 3
Films, 1968 - 1969
Box 2 Folder 4
Hospitality, 1968 - 1969
Box 2 Folder 5
Marat-Sade - UCSD Theatre performance, 1968 - 1969
Box 2 Folder 6
Meeting Minutes, 1963 - 1969
Box 2 Folder 7
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1968 - 1969
Box 2 Folder 8
Program Subcommittee, 1968 - 1969

Regents Lectures

Box 2 Folder 9
1968-1969
Box 2 Folder 10
1969-1970
Box 2 Folder 11
1970-1971
Box 2 Folder 12
U. C. Intercampus Exchange Committee, 1968 - 1969