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.

OPPOSITION FORMS
1949 June 14-September 29

AS/NS votes to ask Regents to revise or eliminate the oath and appoints an advisory committee to consult with Sproul; Academic Senate Southern Section (AS/SS) concurs. Audio clip of J.A.C. Grant. Members of the advisory committee included chair Joel H. Hildebrand, UC Berkeley professor of chemistry, and Benjamin H. Lehman, UC Berkeley professor of English.

Regents approve a revised oath; some believe this action has the support of the faculty advisory committee. Against Sproul’s advice, Regents require the oath for employment in the coming year. Audio clip of Edwin Pauley, UC Regent.

Legislature votes down the anticommunist Tenney bills.

Some sixty faculty members, feeling betrayed by their advisory committee, meet at Berkeley’s Faculty Club to organize against the oath.

Sproul requests faculty and staff to sign the oath or face termination; approximately half the faculty signs by September. When a faculty member of the AS/SS urges faculty not to sign the oath until the Academic Senate can consider it, Sproul feels that his compact with faculty has been violated. Audio clip of Professor Joel H. Hildebrand.

Regents meet with Sproul and Academic Senate Advisory Committees; Regents accuse faculty of changing their position, while faculty state they lacked sufficient time for a considered response. Audio clip of Professor Malcolm Davisson.


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Editorial cartoon, Daily Californian,
1949 July 7, p. 9, NEWSFILM-1,
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