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Reports Collection

Identifier: CSU-001

Scope and Content

This collection consists of over 3600 reports generated by or about the California State University, the Calfornia State Universities and Colleges, California State Colleges, and the California system prior to formal establishment in 1960 when the pre-system was operated by the State Board of Education. The Reports date between 1937 and the present. Reports were generated by various CSU System Office of the Chancellor divisions, committees and other entities including the state government. Generally, the reports consist of analytical, programmatic, feasibility or budgetary reports dealing with planning, administration, teaching, the functions of the university system and other subjects. Also includes personnel directories, published speeches by Chancellors or Trustees. Other subjects include enrollment, academic master planning, libraries, affirmative action, master planning, Hispanics and higher education, summer sessions, admissions, 1960s campus disruptions, administrative functions, legislation relating to education, legal issues, salaries, capital outlay, budgets, continuing education, computers, international programs, and many other subjects. Divisions or offices generating reports include Academic Affairs, Academic Planning, Academic Senate, Academic Program Improvement, California Department of Education, Administrative Services, Chancellor’s Office, Master Plan, Faculty and Staff Affairs, Alumni Council, Extended Education (Continuing Education, Consortium), Board of Trustees, Analytic Studies, Auxiliary and Business Services, Budget Planning and Administration, Business Affairs, Business and Finance, California State Legislature and Governor’s Office, Educational Programs and Resources, General Counsel, Government Affairs, Human Resources, Information Systems, Information Technology Services, Institutional Research, International Programs, Library Affairs, New Program Development and Evaluation, Physical Planning and Development, Public Affairs, and other offices, committees campuses, or entities.


  • 1937-present

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 Gerth Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Archives and 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).


205 Linear Feet

3629 items


This collection consists of 3629 reports generated by or about The California State University

Acquisition Information

Materials in this collection were transferred by the Chancellor’s Office, California State University and collected by archives staff. It is a growing collection.

Related Material

Records of various departments within the Chancellor's Office and records of the CSU Board of Trustees are part of the CSU Systemwide Archives and available for research.

Processing Information

Originally organized by Chancellor’s Office staff as "The Chancellor’s Library," and later added to by donations, transfers and the Archives Staff. Original accession organized in 1980s. Additional materials organized in 2005-2006. Material re-processed during 2004-2006 CSU System-wide Archives Processing Project.
The California State University Archives Reports Collection
Greg Williams
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Description is in English

Repository Details

Part of the California State University Archives Repository

California State University, Dominguez Hills
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