The California Loyalty Oath Digital Collection

Introduction

The California Loyalty Oath Digital Collection brings together a selection of documents and images from the holdings of four repositories at the University of California: the University Archives, The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley; the University Archives, Young Research Library, UCLA; the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Archives, UC San Diego; and the Office of the Secretary of the Regents, Oakland.

The California Loyalty Oath Digital Collection comprises more than 3500 pages of electronic text, more than 30 pictorial images, and 15 audio clips, which document the controversy (1949-1951) that roiled the University during the McCarthy Era. The loyalty oath debate reverberated across the country and caused lasting damage to the reputation of the University and the relations between its faculty and staff, administration, and Board of Regents. This website includes a timeline, resources for further study, and search and browse capabilities.


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Background photograph: Murphy Hall (Administration Building), 1948, Rec. Ser. 100, Folder: Murphy Hall, Photograph Files (Reference Collection), University Archives, Young Research Library, UCLA. Small photographs (left to right): Portrait of Roger Revelle at microscope, 1958, In Memoriam, University of California History Digital Archive; UCLA Provost Clarence A. Dykstra at podium, ca. 1945, Rec. Ser. 745, Folder: Dykstra, Clarence, Biographical Files (Reference Collection), University Archives, Young Research Library, UCLA; Monroe Emanuel Deutsch, 1948, In Memoriam, University of California History Digital Archive.