The California Loyalty Oath Digital Collection
Royce Hall SE View 3/29, 2003, Atkinson Photographic Archive, University Archives, Young Research Library, UCLA Editorial cartoon, Daily Californian, 1949 July 7, p. 9, NEWSFILM-1, Newspapers and Microforms, Doe Library, UC Berkeley.
Press Conference –  Loyalty Oath – Faculty – UC Berkeley, 1950 March 1, BANC PIC 1959.010-NEG, Part 2, 34103.01, San Francisco News-Call Bulletin Newspaper Photograph Archive, The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley R. Revelle at Skippers Mess, ca. 1950,caljsioa_2004-0401010025_m.jpg, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Archives, UC San Diego University of California Regents’ Meeting about Loyalty Oath Non-signers, 1950 August 25, BANC PIC 1959.010—NEG, Part 2, 34107.05, San Francisco News-Call Bulletin Newspaper Photograph Archive, The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley. Edward Chace Tolman, circa 1936, In Memoriam, University of California History Digital Archive, University Archives, The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley. [Governor Earl Warren speaking], Commencement Luncheon in Faculty Glade, UARC PIC 4:890(e), University Archives, The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley.

AFTERMATH
1951-1956

1951
AS/NS Committee on Academic Freedom releases The Consequences of the Abrogation of Tenure, citing the negative effects that the Regents’ actions have had on the university. This committee included chair Wendell Stanley, UC Berkeley professor of virology, and Ewald T. Grether, UC Berkeley professor of business administration. Among forty-seven faculty members who refused to accept an appointment at this time was Henry Scheffé, professor of mathematical statistics.

District Court of Appeal rules in favor of the petitioners in Tolman v. Underhill.

On its own motion, the California Supreme Court decides to review Tolman v. Underhill. The lower court decision is suspended, and the Regents are not required to reappoint the non-signers.

AS/NS votes to ask the Regents to reinstate the non-signers and rescind the oath.

Appointment of new regents shifts the majority on the board in favor of Warren’s anti-oath faction; Regents vote 12-8 to rescind the oath but retain the policy not to employ Communists. Monroe E. Deutsch, UC Vice-President and Provost Emeritus, an early supporter of the non-signers, presents an address at the Commonwealth Club of California. The Levering Oath remains a requirement.

1952
California Supreme Court decides in Tolman v. Underhill that university employees cannot be required to sign a loyalty oath or declaration beyond that required of state employees, and orders that non-signers be reinstated.

Regents unanimously vote not to request a rehearing of Tolman v. Underhill.

1954
Sixteen non-signers go to court to seek back pay for the period they were dismissed.

1956
Non-signers settle with the University.

Delegates to the AAUP vote to censure UC nationally for its past actions during the controversy.


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[Governor Earl Warren speaking],
Commencement Luncheon in Faculty Glade, UARC PIC 4:890(e),
University Archives, The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley.


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