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Malcolm A. Love Papers

Identifier: MS-0327

Scope and Contents

The Malcolm A. Love Papers consist of addresses, programs, greetings and invitations from his inauguration, administrative files, as well as miscellaneous files which include correspondence, memoranda, clippings, and reports.  It consists of five series: General Administrative Materials, Correspondence, Speeches, Press Clippings, and Awards & Scrapbooks.


  • Creation: 1937-1971


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

Malcolm A. Love received his bachelor’s degree at Simpson College, Iowa in 1927. In 1933 and 1937, he received his Masters of Arts and his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa, respectively. Before coming to San Diego State, he was President of the University of Nevada for two years.

Malcolm A. Love was the 4th President sworn in as President of San Diego State in 1952. During his nineteen years as President, he was able to transform San Diego State College into a university. When he retired in 1971 student enrollment had reached more than 30,000, and full-time faculty rose to 1,128. In addition, SDSU received more than $6 million in research money and was able to establish graduate degrees in 52 programs. He encouraged the faculty to establish a senate which was formed in 1959. In 1966, the Carnegie Corporation named Dr. Love one of the best college Presidents in the country.

With the extraordinary growth of students, faculty and facilities, there were plans for a great new library to house over one million volumes to be named in honor of Malcolm A. Love. The library was dedicated to him in May 1971. Dr. Love was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha, national social fraternity; Phi Delta Kappa, educational fraternity; Phi Kappa Phi, scholastic fraternity and Rotary International.


3.13 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

I. General Administrative Materials, 1953-1971

II. Correspondence, 1952- 1971

III. Speeches, 1937-1970

IV. Press Clippings, n.d., 1950-1979

V. Awards and Scrapbooks, 1963-1971

Source of Acquisition

Joan Maher

Accruals and Additions

2003-039, 06/06/2006

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

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