Archives--UCSC Library Special Collections

  • Dean E. McHenry Papers (UA 1). The collection contains biographical materials, correspondence, writings, subject-based files and clippings documenting McHenry's involvement with the Santa Cruz community and organizations as well as his professional activities before, during and after serving as founding Chancellor of the University of California, Santa Cruz. 
  • F. Louis Fackler Scrapbooks. This collection includes five scrapbooks, loose materials, photographs and 8mm films documenting the very early years of UC Santa Cruz's history. Also available digitally through the UCSC Library Digital Collections.
  • UCSC Academic Planning records (1961-2011) (UA64)This collection contains early UCSC campus academic planning documents and related correspondence.
  • UCSC Library Digital Collections—Campus History: Photographs and Maps. This collection includes digitized photographs, maps, and architectural drawings documenting the historical development, culture and social environment of the University of California, Santa Cruz.
  • UCSC Physical Planning Records, 1961-2011 (UA65) This collection contains campus physical planning documents and related correspondence.

Oral Histories

Books and Articles

  • Adams, Ansel. “Thoughts on the University of California, Santa Cruz Campus,” March 30, 1967, UCSC Library Special Collections.
  • Banham, Reyner and Taina Rikala. The First 20 Years: Two Decades of Building at UCSC. (Santa Cruz, CA: UC Santa Cruz, 1987). Available at UCSC Library Special Collections.
  • Calciano, Elizabeth Spedding and Ray Collett. The Campus Guide: A Tour of the Natural Environment and Points of Historical Interest, University of California, Santa Cruz. (Santa Cruz, CA: UC Santa Cruz, 1973). Available at UCSC Library Special Collections.
  • Church, Thomas. “Random Notes on the Site. A memo written to Jack Wagstaff and John Carl Warnecke,” 1962. Available in UCSC Library Special Collections.
  • Duke, Alex. Importing Oxbridge: English Residential Colleges and American Universities. Includes chapter on UC Santa Cruz: “The University of California, Santa Cruz: ‘The City on a Hill.’” (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1996). Available at UCSC Library Special Collections.
  • Fischer, John. “The Easy Chair: A Different Kind of Campus. The Experiment at Santa Cruz.” Harper Magazine, Spring 1969.
  • Garret, James L. “Santa Cruz After One Year,” Saturday Review 50, January 21, 1967.
  • Grant, Gerald., & Riesman, David. The Perpetual Dream: Reform and Experiment in the American College. Includes chapter “Communal Expressives: Kresge College at Santa Cruz,” and “The Cluster Colleges at Santa Cruz.” (Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 1978). Available at UCSC Library Special Collections.
  • Hamilton, Francis. “The ‘Small College’ Concept Takes Shape at UC Santa Cruz: Newest UC Santa Cruz Campus Bucks the Trend in Education,” San Francisco News Call Bulletin. January 22, 1964.
  • Jones, Richard M. and Barbara Leigh Smith. Against the Current: Reform and Experimentation in Higher Education. Includes Chapter 5: George Von der Muhll, “The University of California, Santa Cruz: Institutionalizing Eden in a Changing World.”  (Cambridge, MA: Schenkman Publishing, 1984).
  • Kamen, David A. “The New Santa Cruz Campus: An Idyllic Experiment,” The Daily Californian Weekly Magazine, March 6, 1966.
  • Kerr, Clark (with the assistance of Marian L. Gade and Maureen Kawaoka). The Gold and the Blue: A Personal Memoir of the University of California 1949-1967 (Vol. 1 Academic Triumphs; Vol. 2 Political Turmoil). (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001, 2003).
  • Korman, Seymour, “Santa Cruz: Revolt Against Assembly-Line Academics.” Chicago Tribune Magazine, July 24, 1966.
  • Lamb, Karl A. “Seeking the Essence of Oxford,” American Oxonian, April 1964.
  • McHenry, Dean E. “Small College Program for a Large University,” College and University Business, July 1964.
  • Stookey, Byron. “Starting from Scratch: Santa Cruz,” The Harvard Review, vol.3 n.1, Winter 1964.
  • Trombley, William. “Santa Cruz Emerges as the ‘Place to Go’,” Los Angeles Times, January 16, 1966.
  • Villet, Barbara. “An Old Idea Flowers Anew at Santa Cruz,” LIFE Magazine, May 8, 1970.
  • Zimmerman, Jonathan. The Amateur Hour: A History of College Teaching in America (Johns Hopkins Press, 2020).

    The first full-length history of college teaching in the United States from the nineteenth century to the present, this book sheds new light on the ongoing tension between the modern scholarly ideal—scientific, objective, and dispassionate—and the inevitably subjective nature of day-to-day instruction. 

    Includes a section on the University of California, Santa Cruz.