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Sidney L. Gulick Papers

Identifier: MS-0485

Scope and Contents

The Sidney L. Gulick Papers document Gulick's academic research and career. The collection contains instructional and administrative files from Mills College and San Diego State University, as well as class lecture notes from Oberlin College.  Also included are his research materials, concentrating primarily on the fourth Earl of Chesterfield, Lord Stanhope. Other professional organization files and personal files are also included. The collection is divided into five series: Research and Publications, San Diego State University, Mills College Administrative Files, Professional Organizations, and Personal Files.


  • 1921-1989


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.

Biographical Note

Dr. Sidney L. Gulick, Jr., was born August 17, 1902, in Kobe, Japan, where his father, Sidney L. Gulick Sr., was a missionary. He earned his bachelors degree in English at Oberlin in 1923, and returned to Japan thereafter to teach English and piano at Doshisha University in Kyoto. He returned to the United States in 1924, subsequently earning his master's and doctorate degrees at Oberlin and Yale, respectively. His research focused on the fourth Earl of Chesterfield, Lord Stanhope.

Dr. Gulick joined the SDSU faculty in 1945. He later was named chairman of the English Department, and in 1959 became the first Dean of Arts and Sciences. Gulick was frequently quoted in the national media during the 1950s when, as a member of the National Council of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), he spoke out against the accusations of Communist leanings that became common with the rise of Sen. Joseph McCarthy. Among his many accomplishments, perhaps the most enduring was the preamble to the college's Academic Master Plan, which Gulick authored in 1962 and is still regarded as a classic in its field.

Dr. Gulick passed away February 5, 1988.


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Arrangement Note

I.   Research and Publications

II.  San Diego State University

     1.  Administrative

     2.  Course Files

III.  Mills College Administrative

IV.  Professional Organizations

v.    Personal Files

Source of Acquisition

Gulick, Sidney

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

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