California State University San Marcos University Library oral histories collection
Scope and Contents
This collection contains oral histories stewarded by the California State University San Marcos University Library's Special Collections. Oral histories have been collected by the university through various means, starting in 1989 with then library dean Marion Reed's interviews of founding faculty. More recently, oral histories have been conducted by Brewchive® curator Judith Downie, by History Department interns, by Special Collections librarians, and by grant funded university and community-focused projects. More context is given at the item level. In instances where an oral history interview was funded by an endowment or grant, that information is available at the item level.
Oral histories are interviews of campus and community members relevant to our service region (north San Diego County, southwestern Riverside County, and to a limited extent the rest of San Diego County).
Brewchive® oral histories are of individuals involved in San Diego County's craft brewing industry; brewers, brewery workers, and owners of local craft breweries are represented. Community oral histories contain a wide focus of interviews relating topics, organiziations, and places important to those who live, work, study, and play in North County San Diego and southwestern Riverside County. University oral histories are focused in some way on university history, and include interviews focused on founding faculty, university administration, staff, faculty, and alumni, and focused interviews regarding the university's Cross-Cultural Center and Black Student Center.
Oral histories listed in this finding aid have digital files accessible online. These files are one of or both an audio/visual file of the oral history and a corresponding text transcription of the interview. See individual oral histories for more information about what digital access is available.
- California State University San Marcos. University Library (Publisher, Organization)
Language of Materials
Collection is predominately in English; materials in other languages or containing words from other languages are indicated at the item level.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is partially processed. Processed components of the collection (those listed in this inventory) are open for research. Unprocessed additions may contain restricted materials. Please contact Special Collections in advance to request access.
Select items have been reformatted and have digital preservation copies. Access to original recordings is restricted; researchers may request listening/viewing copies. Due to original media format, it may not be possible in some cases to create use copies.
The Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room is accessible by appointment only, Monday-Friday, 8am - 4pm. Final requests for materials must be made one hour prior to closing. Please submit requests for archival materials at least 24 hours in advance of desired appointment. Materials requested over the weekend will be available on the following Tuesday at the earliest. Please note that Special Collections and University Archives observes all campus holiday closures as noted in the Library Calendar. For more information, please send an email to email@example.com.
Conditions Governing Use
Property rights reside with the university. In some cases, the university owns copyrights to the interviews; in others, copyrights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. Some resources are licensed for noncommercial educational use using CC NC-BY 4.0. Please contact Special Collections at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need reproductions made.
Please see the related “Preferred Citation note” for language on citing materials from this collection.
Permission to examine Library materials is not authorization to publish or to reproduce the examined material in whole, or in part. Persons wishing to quote, publish, perform, reproduce, or otherwise make use of an item in the Library’s collections must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of the copyright holder.
The researcher assumes full responsibility for use of the material and agrees to hold harmless the University Library, and California State University, against all claims, demands, costs, and expenses incurred by copyright infringement or any other legal or regulatory cause of action arising from the use of the Library's materials.
In assuming full responsibility for use of the material, the researcher also understands that the materials they examine may contain Social Security numbers, other personal identifiers, and/or sensitive material on potentially living and identifiable individuals (e.g., medical, evaluative, or personally invasive information). The researcher agrees not to record, reproduce, or disclose any Social Security number or other information of a highly personal nature that may be found.
The California State University San Marcos University Library oral histories collection consists of oral histories collected by the university through various means, starting in 1989 and continuing to present day. Oral histories include interviews of campus and community members relevant to our service region (north San Diego County, southwestern Riverside County, and to a limited extent the rest of San Diego County.
Oral histories are arranged alphabetically by last name. Collection contains three series:
1. Brewchive® oral histories, consisting of oral history interviews related to San Diego's "third wave" of craft brewing, circa 1980 to present day. 2. Campus oral histories, consisting of oral history interviews about members of the campus community, including students, staff, alumni, and faculty. 3. Community oral histories, consisting of oral history interviews about (and sometimes by) members of California State University San Marcos's service area (generally north San Diego County and southwestern Riverside County)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Many oral histories have been recorded by employees of the library. Others have been created through grant-funded projects, community collaborations, and student internships. Further context about the source of acquisition is indicated at the file level.
Further accruals are expected.
Harmful Language and Content Statement
Processing of oral histories and description of interviews happens on a prioritized, rolling basis, and to various levels of processing depending on file type, availability of transcriptions, and other factors.
Oral histories published in this finding aid will have one or two digital objects associated with them that can be accessed online: an audio or video file of the interview and/or a text transcript of the interview. See individual file-level entries for the oral histories for more information on digital objects.
- Guide to the California State University San Marcos University Library oral histories collection
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- Sean Visintainer; Kevin Vigil
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- 5/8/2023: Updated some collection information, added oral histories