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Academic Senate Records

Identifier: CSU-042

Scope and Content

The records of the Academic Senate of the CSU consist of meeting minutes with attachments and resolutions (1963-2008), Executive Committee Minutes (1963-1993), Academic Senate newsletters (1969-1996), Advisory Committee of the Consortium (1975-1978), constitution and founding by-laws (1961-1966) and subject files (1963-1993). Subjects include faculty salaries, outstanding professor award, joint doctoral program, Senate academic retreat, collective bargaining, 60/40 ratio for promotions and tenure, grievance procedures, legislation, campus senate councils, affirmative action, educational policies, libraries, sexual harassment, California State Student Association. Subject files include large correspondence files and Committee Materials. Included are Committees on Educational Policy, Finance, Credit & Curriculum, Student Affairs, Government Affairs, Inter-segmental and other committees.


  • 1961-2008


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English


There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


The California State University System was formally established in 1960 by the Donahoe Higher Education Act. It is the nation’s largest university system, with 23 campuses. The CSU is one of three public higher education systems in the state of California (the others are the University of California and the California Community College System). The System is the direct descendant of the California State Normal School (now, San Jose State University) established by the California Legislature on May 2, 1862. By 1895 there were four State Normal schools. In 1921, the schools were re-named the State Teacher’s Schools. In 1935 the colleges were re-named the California State Colleges and were run by the State Department of Education. With the California Master Plan for higher education was created along with the Donohue Act, the California State Colleges were placed under control of the CSC Board of Trustees. In 1972 the system was renamed the California State Colleges and Universities. The term "Colleges" was dropped in 1982.

Responsibility for the California State University is vested in the Board of Trustees, whose members are appointed by the Governor of the State of California. The Trustees appoint the Chancellor, who is the chief executive officer of the system, and the Presidents, who are the chief executive officers of their respective campuses. The Academic Senate of the California State University, made up of elected representatives of the faculty from each campus, recommends academic policy to the Board of Trustees through the Chancellor. Chancellors of the system include Buell Gallagher (1961-1962); Glenn S. Dumke (1962-1982); W. Ann Reynolds (1982-1990); Ellis E. McCune [Acting] (1990-1991); Barry Munitz (1991-1998); Charles B. Reed (1998-2012); and Timothy White (2012-present).

The Academic Senate of the California State University consists of 51 faculty members elected by their colleagues at the 23 CSU Campuses. The Senate, founded in 1963, recommends academic policies to the Board of Trustees and the Chancellor.

The Executive Committee of the statewide Academic Senate, led by the Senate Chair, organizes the activities of the Senate and is principally responsible for representing the Senate in its dealings with many groups, including the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor and his staff, the California State Student Association, the CSU Alumni Council, statewide policymakers, and the public. With offices at the CSU Headquarters in Long Beach, the Senate operates throughout the year as an agency of CSU faculty governance.


87 boxes

87 Linear Feet


The records of the Academic Senate of the CSU consist of meeting minutes with attachments and resolutions (1963-2008), Executive Committee Minutes (1963-1993), Academic Senate newsletters (1969-1996), Advisory Committee of the Consortium (1975-1978), constitution and founding by-laws (1961-1966) and subject files (1963-1993).


Arranged chronologically

  1. 1963-1964. Box 19
  2. 1964-1965. Boxes 19-20
  3. 1965-1966. Box 20
  4. 1966-1967. Boxes 20-21
  5. 1967-1968. Box 21
  6. 1968-1969. Boxes 21-22
  7. 1969-1970. Box 22
  8. 1970-1971. Boxes 22-23
  9. 1971-1972. Box 23
  10. 1972-1973. Boxes 23
  11. 1973-1974. Boxes 23-24
  12. 1974-1975. Box 24
  13. 1975-1976. Boxes 25-26
  14. 1976-1977. Boxes 26-27
  15. 1977-1978. Boxes 27-28
  16. 1978-1979. Boxes 28-31
  17. 1979-1980. Boxes 31-34
  18. 1980-1981. Boxes 34-38
  19. 1981-1982. Box 38
  20. 1982-1983. Box 38
  21. 1983-1984. Box 38
  22. 1985-1986. Boxes 39-44
  23. 1986-1987. Boxes 44-50
  24. 1987-1988. Boxes 50-57
  25. 1988-1989. Boxes 58-65
  26. 1989-1990. Boxes 65-71
  27. 1990-1991. Boxes 71-76
  28. 1991-1992. Boxes 77-82
  29. 1992-1993. Boxes 82-87

Acquisition Information

Materials in this collection were transferred by the system-wide Academic Senate, donated to the collection by various Chairs of the Academic Senate and collected by archives staff. It is a growing collection.

Related Material

CSU Oral History Collection, CSU Reports Collection, CSU Chancellor’s Office Collection, California State Student Association Collection

Processing Information

Processed during 2004-2006 CSU System-wide Archives Processing Project.

The California State University Academic Senate Records
Under Revision
Greg Williams
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Repository Details

Part of the California State University Archives Repository

California State University, Dominguez Hills
University Library South, 5039 (Fifth Floor)
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson CA 90747
(310) 243-3895