Kerr, Clark, 1911-2003

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Clark Kerr was born in Reading, Pennsylvania on May 17, 1911 to Samuel W. and Caroline (Clark) Kerr. He married Catherine (Kitty) Spaulding in Los Angeles, California in 1934, and they had three children: Clark Edgar, Alexander William, and Caroline Mary. Kerr died in 2003, in El Cerrito, California, shortly after completing his memoirs, The Gold and the Blue: A Personal Memoir of the University of California, 1949-1967. Kerr received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1932 from Swarthmore College, his Master of Arts degree in 1933 from Stanford University, and his PhD in economics in 1939 from the University of California at Berkeley (Berkeley). His first teaching position was at Antioch College from 1937 to 1938, and he went on to teach at International College in Elsinore, Denmark; Stanford University; the University of Washington; and Berkeley. From 1945 to 1952, he was the Director of the Institute of Industrial Relations at Berkeley. He became the first Chancellor at Berkeley in 1952, a post he held until 1958, when he became President of the University of California system. While president he lead the expansion of the University system by three new campuses and wrestled with growing student unrest and the Free Speech Movement. In 1967, under pressure from Governor Ronald Reagan, the Board of Regents fired him, he and resumed his teaching and research. He led the influential Carnegie Commission on Higher Education until 1973 and its successor the Carnegie Council on Policy Issues in Higher Education until 1979.
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referencedIn Pitzele, Merlyn S., 1911-. Papers, 1932-1971. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Papers, 1920-1965 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn California State University Archives Oral History Project Collection, 1987-2001 California State University Historical Archives California State University, Dominguez Hills
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives.
creatorOf University of California, San Diego. Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics. Records, 1959-1963. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
referencedIn Thackrey, Russell I., 1904-. Papers, 1954-1982. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
creatorOf Corley, James H., 1904-. Interviews on the University of California loyalty oath controversy [sound recording] / conducted by David. P. Gardner. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Allen Carrier Blaisdell papers, 1916-1966 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Bayer, Leona M. (Leona Mayer), 1903-. Institute of Human Development oral history project : interviews conducted 1982-1983 / by Vicki Green, Institute of Human Development, University of California, Berkeley, California, c1991. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Kerr, Clark, 1911-2003. Sound recordings from the Clark Kerr papers [sound recording]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Ted Freedman Papers, 1926-1974 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Kerr, Clark, 1911-2003. Clark Kerr interviews on the Dept. of Home Economics at UC Berkeley [sound recording]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions Collection, Series 12: Audio-Visual, ca. 1956-1987 University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley, 1952-[ongoing] The University Archives.
creatorOf Davies, Thurston J. Thurston J. Davies letter : Brussels, Belgium, to Clark Kerr, Berkeley, Calif. : TLS (photocopy), 1958 June 26. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Hamburger, Robert N.,. Origins of the School of Medicine at UCSD : a symposium, 1984-1986. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Kerr, Clark, 1911-2003. Interview with Clark Kerr : transcript, 1997, July 21. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Cole, David Lawrence, 1902-1977. Cole, David Lawrence. Series 1. Correspondence, 1946-1977. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Kerr, Clark, 1911-2003. Fieldnotes, etc. concerning self-help and consumer cooperatives in the United States, 1930-1938. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Heirich, Max. Max Heirich papers relating to the Free Speech Movement, 1964-1971. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Kerr, Clark, 1911-2003,. Reminiscences of Clark Kerr : oral history, 1998. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Lawrence Arnstein Papers, 1915-1979 Bancroft Library
creatorOf University of California, Berkeley. Office of the President. Letters, 1942-1968, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Harold Clayton Urey Papers, 1929-1981 University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
referencedIn Fund for the Republic. Fund for the Republic archives, 1928-1964 (bulk 1952-1961). Princeton University Library
referencedIn Beattie, Margaret Isabel, 1893-1976. Margaret Isabel Beattie scrapbook, 1960-1970. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf University of California, San Diego. Office of the Chancellor. Records, 1964-1971. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
referencedIn Indiana University Oral History Archive, 1991-1998 Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memoryhttp://www.indiana.edu/~cshm
referencedIn "Stanford: A Sentimental Journey" [videorecording], 1987 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Clark Kerr Collection, 1942-1945 Department of Labor. National War Labor Board. Region X. United States. National Archives and Records Administration National Archives at San Francisco
creatorOf Kerr, Clark, 1911-2003. A marvel inside a miracle : typescript, 18 Nov. 1985. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
referencedIn Henry, David Dodds, 1905-. Papers, 1922-1991. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
referencedIn Inter-University Labor Education Committee. Series 2, Subseries 4. Correspondence on regional conferences, 1955-1957. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Urey, Harold Clayton, 1893-1981. Papers, 1929-1981, bulk 1958-1978. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
referencedIn Ringrose, Kathryn. UCSD 25th Anniversary oral histories, 1984. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Stuart, Mary. Mary Stuart cassette tapes and transcripts of tapes, 1979-1980. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Nigg, Cyril C., 1905-. Oral history interview with Cyril C. Nigg. 1993. Transcript. / by Dale E. Treleven, Oral History Program, University of California, Los Angeles for the State Government Oral History Program, California State Archives. California State Archives
creatorOf Clark Kerr personal and professional papers, 1800-2005, bulk 1952-2003 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions Collection, 1950-1991, 1961-1987 University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
referencedIn Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Records, 1905-1979. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Portraits of University of California individuals and groups, ca. 1850-[ongoing] The Bancroft Library. University Archives.
creatorOf Kerr, Clark, 1911-2003. Clark Kerr office files regarding the Free Speech Movement, 1964-1985 (bulk 1964-1965). UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn McConnell, T. R. (Thomas Raymond), 1901-1989. Thomas Raymond McConnell papers, 1934-1988. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Boyer, Ernest L. Interviews with 18 university presidents : oral history transcripts / tape recorded interviews conducted 1981-1982 by David Turney for the Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, California, 1981-1982. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Kerr, C. G. Japanese and Allied propaganda relating to the Japanese invasion of New Guinea in World War II [manuscript]. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Hassid, William Zev, 1897-1974. William Zev Hassid papers, 1915-1974. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Miscellany relating to the inauguration of Clark Kerr as chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, 1953. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Miscellany relating to the inauguration of Clark Kerr as president of the University of California, 1958. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Higgs, DeWitt A., 1907-. Oral history interview with DeWitt A. Higgs, 1991. Transcript. / by Dale E. Treleven, Oral History Program, University of California, Los Angeles for the State Government Oral History Program, California State Archives. California State Archives
creatorOf Kerr, Clark, 1911-2003. Clark Kerr personal and professional papers, 1800-2005 (bulk 1952-2003). UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Frederickson, Hansena, 1906-1988. UCLA administration, 1936-1966 : oral history transcript / [interview conducted by James V. Mink] ; completed under the auspices of the Oral History Program, University of California, Los Angeles ; 1969. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Negotiation Now! (Organization). Records, 1968-1972. Swarthmore College, Peace Collection, SCPC
creatorOf Revelle, Roger, 1909-1991. Papers, 1929-1976, bulk 1946-1976. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Kerr, Clark, 1911-2003. Interview with Dr. Clark Kerr, October 31, 1984... / interviewer, Dr. Kathryn Ringrose. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf University of California, San Diego. A Tribute to Roger Revelle, October 14, 1991 [videorecording]. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
referencedIn Fund for the Republic Records, 1928-1964, 1952-1961 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections.Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Public Policy Papers.
referencedIn Records of the President of Radcliffe College, 1972-1989 Radcliffe College Archives, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Office of the Chancellor. Administrative Files for John S. Galbraith, 1964 - 1971 University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
referencedIn California State Government Oral Histories California State Archives
referencedIn Heilbron, Louis H. Oral History interview with Louis H. Heilbron, 1991-1992. Transcript. / by Carole Hicke, Regional Oral History Office, University of California, Berkeley, for the State Government Oral History Program, California State Archives. California State Archives
referencedIn Gladys Tilden Papers, 1875-1982 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Emma (Moffat) McLaughlin Papers, 1927- 1967 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Kerr, Clark, 1911-2003. Photographs from the Clark Kerr personal and professional papers [graphic]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Rivlin, Alice M. Alice M. Rivlin papers, 1963-1988. Library of Congress
creatorOf Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. Records, 1952-1991. University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB Library
referencedIn KRON-TV (Television station : San Francisco, Calif.). Stanford: a sentimental journey : video recordings, 1987. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Kerr, Clark, 1911-2003,. UCD Emeriti Association oral history interview with Clark Kerr, November 6, 1996 [videorecording]. University of California, Davis, Shields Library
creatorOf McHenry, Dean Eugene, 1910-. Dean E. McHenry Archive, 1930-1996. University of California, Santa Cruz, UCSC
referencedIn Alice M. Rivlin Papers, 1963-1988 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Pereira, W. L. (William Leonard), 1909-. [Four issues of the Daily Pilot containing articles on UC Irvine]. University of California, Irvine, Langson Library
referencedIn Younger, J. Arthur (Jesse Arthur), 1893-1967. J. Arthur Younger papers, 1951-1968. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Robert Watts Hudgens Papers, 1925-1973 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Fieldnotes, etc. Concerning Self-help and Consumer Cooperatives in the United States, 1930-1938 Bancroft Library
creatorOf Kerr, Clark, 1911-2003. Interview with Dr. Clark Kerr, Oct. 15, 1999 [videorecording]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Blake, J. Herman. Remarks at the dinner in honor of Clark Kerr, University House, 5 May 2001. UC Berkeley Libraries
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correspondedWith Arnstein, Lawrence, 1880-1979 person
associatedWith Beattie, Margaret Isabel, 1893-1976. person
correspondedWith Blaisdell, Allen Carrier, b. 1897 person
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associatedWith Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. corporateBody
associatedWith Cole, David Lawrence, 1902-1977. person
associatedWith Davies, Thurston J. person
associatedWith Frederickson, Hansena, 1906-1988. person
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correspondedWith Fund for the Republic. corporateBody
associatedWith Hassid, William Zev, 1897-1974. person
associatedWith Heilbron, Louis H. person
associatedWith Heirich, Max. person
correspondedWith Henry, David Dodds, 1905- person
associatedWith Higgs, DeWitt A., 1907- person
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associatedWith Inter-University Labor Education Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith KRON-TV (Television station : San Francisco, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Magruder, Calvert, 1893-1968 person
correspondedWith Matina Horner person
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associatedWith Nerad, Maresi. person
associatedWith Nigg, Cyril C., 1905- person
associatedWith Online Archive of California. corporateBody
associatedWith Pitzele, Merlyn S., 1911- person
associatedWith Revelle, Roger, 1909-1991. person
associatedWith Ringrose, Kathryn M. person
correspondedWith Rivlin, Alice M. person
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associatedWith Stuart, Mary. person
associatedWith Stumpf, Paul K. (Paul Karl), 1919-2007, person
correspondedWith Thackrey, Russell I., 1904- person
correspondedWith Tilden, Gladys, 1900- person
associatedWith UCD Emeriti Association. corporateBody
associatedWith University of California, Berkeley corporateBody
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associatedWith University of California, San Diego. corporateBody
correspondedWith University of California, San Diego. person
associatedWith University of California, San Diego. Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics. corporateBody
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associatedWith Urey, Harold Clayton, 1893-1981. person
associatedWith Vietnam Day Committee (Berkeley, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith Wiley, Lynne M. person
associatedWith Younger, J. Arthur (Jesse Arthur), 1893-1967. person
associatedWith Zane, Sharon, person
Place Name Admin Code Country
California CA US
El Cerrito CA US
Reading PA US
California--Berkeley
Subject
Quakers
Universities and colleges--Finance
Cooperative societies
College students--Political activity
Communism History 20th century
Consumer cooperatives
Educators
Free Speech Movement (Berkeley, Calif.)
Government aid to higher education
Education, Higher--Moral and ethical aspects
Freedom of speech
College students--Attitudes
Collective bargaining--College teachers
Educator--Interviews
Education, Higher--Planning
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Birth 1911-05-17

Death 2003-12-01

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