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Past Presidents’ Papers Open for Research

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Three new finding aids for the papers of former Presidents of Pepperdine University, located in Special Collections and University Archives, are now available on the Online Archive of California!  The William S. Banowsky papers, David Davenport papers, and Howard A. White papers (all processed as part of the NHPRC project) are briefly described below.  (The papers of M. Norvel Young, another past President of Pepperdine University, were mentioned in an earlier post and are also available for research.)

The William S. Banowsky papers contain professional and personal papers of William S. Banowsky dating from 1926 to 2009. The bulk of the materials range from 1955 to 1990 and document his professional involvement with Pepperdine University, the University of Oklahoma, Gaylord Broadcasting Company, the Texas Superconducting Super Collider Authority, and National Medical Enterprises; political topics and professional services; collected printed and written material (such as poems and articles); and personal documents including speeches, personal and family history, travel, photographs, and book research for The Malibu MiracleClick here to view the finding aid.

The David Davenport papers contain materials from David Davenport’s time as president of Pepperdine University from 1985 to 2000, and includes earlier items from the president’s office beginning in 1968. The collection contains donor files and subject/correspondence files on various topics. Items include mainly correspondence, photographs, and other printed materials such as brochures and reports.  Click here to view the finding aid.

The Howard A. White papers contains professional and personal papers of Howard A. White dating from 1938 to 1991. The bulk of the materials range from 1957 to 1990 and document his professional involvement with Pepperdine University in various administrative roles, and personal documents including speeches, personal and family history, and book research for Crest of a Golden WaveClick here to view the finding aid.

For more information about the collections, or to set up an appointment to use the collections, please email specialcollections@pepperdine.edu.


Architectural plans for an expansion of the Moore Haus in Heidelberg, Germany, where students stay during their time abroad.  The plans are dated October 23, 1979, and are from the Howard A. White collection.  This image shows the entire page of the plan.  Other drawings of individual levels and from other vantage points are also in the collection.  (Click the image to view it larger.)


This is an 11″x17″ scan of the architectural plan.  The colored parts appear to be the proposed additions.  Phrases include: “dachneigung” for “roof pitch”, “zimmer” for “room”, “untergeschoss” for “basement”, “mit 2 verschiedenen gebäudehöhen” for “with two different [options for] building heights”, “obergeschoss” for “upstairs”, and “erdgeschoss” for “ground floor”.  (Click the image to view it larger.)


This section reads: “Building Expansion, Graimbergweg 10 — Pepperdine University”.  The Moore Haus is located at Graimbergweg 10 in Heidelberg, Germany.  (Click the image to view it larger.)

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