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Young at Heart in the Archives: M. Norvel and Helen Young Papers Open for Research

The finding aid for the M. Norvel and Helen Young papers is now available on the Online Archive of California!  The collection was processed as part of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant awarded to the department of Special Collections and University Archives.

The collection contains the personal and professional papers of M. Norvel and Helen Young. The bulk of the materials range from the 1900s to early 2000s and document the Youngs’ involvement with Pepperdine University; their families’ lives; and their activities while based in Tennessee, Texas, and California.

The Youngs were involved in Pepperdine from the beginning – Helen was a student during the first year of classes in 1937, and Norvel taught history for a few years, starting in 1938.  The two moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to further their education at the George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, then moved to Lubbock, Texas, so Norvel could preach at the Broadway Church of Christ from 1944 to 1957.  The family (including their four children) moved to Los Angeles in 1957, when Norvel accepted the job of President of Pepperdine (later transitioning to Chancellor and Chancellor Emeritus).  Helen and Norvel were very involved in the various Churches of Christ they attended, and also edited multiple nationwide church publications.  Norvel and Helen continued their support of Pepperdine for decades, until Norvel’s death in 1998 and Helen’s retirement in the mid-2000s.

The collection has a fascinating depth of information about the Youngs as a family (including their extended families – pictures, family trees, and family history!), their educational careers, Pepperdine as a university, their travel around the world, and the Churches of Christ – all with information spanning from the early 1900s to the early 2000s.

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

The pictures shown below were selected and scanned by our graduate student assistant, Jessica Geiser.  These pictures (plus other pictures and objects from the M. Norvel and Helen Young Papers, the J.M. McCaleb Papers, and the George Pepperdine Family Papers) are on display the week of May 1-4 for the 69th Annual Bible Lectures in Special Collections (room 326) in Payson Library.  The display also includes rare books from Special Collections.  The items can be viewed from 1-5 pm Tuesday, and 12-5 pm Wednesday through Friday.

(Click the images to view them larger.)


Norvel, age 7, with a pony.


From the left, on camels: Norvel, Helen, and Norvel’s mother (Ruby) in Egypt, 1949.


Helen, Norvel, and other Pepperdine people looking at a campus map on-site in Malibu.


Helen and Norvel on the swings in Korea.


Norvel and Helen at their 50th wedding anniversary party.

A Window Into 1960s Television: Scripts Open For Research

The finding aid for the Ivan Goff collection of television scripts is now available on the Online Archive of California!  The Online Archive of California (OAC) is part of the California Digital Library and is a great tool for starting a research project.  The OAC allows access to finding aids (detailed descriptions of collections of primary resource materials) from over 200 institutions in California, including museums, libraries, historical societies, the University of California system’s libraries and archives, and others.

Jessica Geiser, the graduate student assistant for the NHPRC project, processed the materials earlier in the year and the collection is now open and available for research.  Here is what Jessica had to say about the collection:

Ivan Goff was an Oscar-nominated screenwriter who authored a number of successful movies from 1949 to 1960 with his writing partner, Ben Roberts.  Goff and Roberts also wrote and produced several popular series for television in the 1960s and 1970s. The collection contains scripts and production notes from three television series in which Goff was involved as a writer or producer: Mannix, Nero Wolfe, and The Rogues.

Mannix was a Golden Globe-winning detective series that ran from 1967 to 1975 on CBS, and starred Mike Connors as the Los Angeles private investigator Joe Mannix. While Mannix was considered extremely violent for its time, it also is known as one of the most popular detective series of all time.

Nero Wolfe was another detective series, based on a Sherlock Holmes-type character created by American mystery writer Rex Stout.  The show ran for one season in 1981 on NBC, and starred William Conrad as the genius, but sedentary detective Nero Wolfe.

The Rogues was a television series about a trio of former con men who, while no longer in the business, could be persuaded to use their skills to take down an immoral mark.  The series, a Golden Globe-winner, ran for one season from 1964 to 1965 on NBC, and starred David Niven, Charles Boyer, and Gig Young.

The collection is a great resource not only for those interested in these particular series, but also for anyone interested in television production in general. Most of the scripts in the collection include various production notes, which shed light on many aspects of producing a network television show, including scheduling, casting, and network interference.

Another collection for those with similar research interests is the Stanley M. Kallis scripts, also recently processed and available on the OAC.  The collection has scripts from two television shows: The Dick Powell Show and Royal Bay.

These items are available to view by visiting Special Collections and University Archives in Payson Library, and anyone may browse more detailed inventories of available scripts in person.  For more information about the collection, please email specialcollections@pepperdine.edu.

A script page from the Mannix episode, “Harvest of Death,” which was the tenth episode of the sixth season, airing November 19, 1972.

Network Program Practices notes for “Harvest of Death,” detailing the changes that the network wanted made on this particular episode.  The last note on the page is actually for the scene depicted in the script page shown above!

NHPRC Project Is Underway As Graduate Student Assistant Processes Two Collections

Jessica Geiser, hired as the graduate student assistant to work on the NHPRC project, recently processed two of our archival collections.  The B. Lamar Johnson and the James C. Moore papers are now open and available for research. A brief description about each of the collections is below.

B. Lamar Johnson was a highly distinguished educator known as “the father of the community college” due to his extensive contributions to the study and development of community college education. The collection contains correspondence, reports, speeches, administrative papers and publications from Johnson’s tenure at Stephens College, UCLA, and Pepperdine University, as well as other educational organizations and activities with which Johnson was involved.  The bulk of the materials date from 1952 to 1983. Click here to view the finding aid.









Johnson (third from left) posing with other participants on the steps of Royce Hall at UCLA in 1950 at the summer workshop “California Study of General Education in the Junior College.”

James C. (J.C.) Moore was an administrator for a number of colleges, serving most notably as controller and vice president for Pepperdine University. The papers contain correspondence, subject files, memorandums, articles, photographs, news clippings and programs related to Moore’s career in education as well as his personal life. The bulk of the materials date from 1956 to 1971. Click here to view the finding aid.









Moore receiving an award for his service in education, July 1969. The award was presented by Kenneth Hanh, a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Moore’s wife is also in the picture.

To set up an appointment to view the collections or to learn more about the project please contact Katie Richardson at (310) 506-4323 or katie.richardson@pepperdine.edu

George Pepperdine Collection Ready For Research

A new finding aid for the George Pepperdine family papers is now available on the Online Archive of California!  As part of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant awarded to the Pepperdine University Libraries’ department of Special Collections and University Archives, our goal is to organize and describe archival collections and ultimately have an online record for each collection.  It is fitting that during the 75th anniversary celebrations, one of the first collections we highlight is that of Pepperdine’s founder, George Pepperdine.

The George Pepperdine family papers include paper materials (such as correspondence, writings, and newspaper clippings), photographs, scrapbooks, films, and memorabilia, dating from 1907 to 2002. Individuals represented in the collection include George Pepperdine, Lena Rose Pepperdine (George’s first wife), Helen Louise Pepperdine (George’s second wife), George B. Pepperdine (George’s uncle), and his five children: Florence May Pepperdine Crossley, Esther Louise Pepperdine Thurston, Marilyn Pepperdine, George Pepperdine II, and Wendell Pepperdine.

Selected pictures and films from the collection have already been digitized and highlighted on the library’s news page by Kevin Miller, Librarian for Digital Curation and Publication.  These items make up the George Pepperdine Digital Collection.

The materials available online are only the beginning – many more interesting letters, scrapbooks, and other items from the Pepperdines’ lives are just waiting to be explored!  These items are available to view by visiting Special Collections and University Archives in Payson Library, and anyone may browse more detailed inventories in person.  For more information about the collection, please email specialcollections@pepperdine.edu.

Interested in learning more about the George Pepperdine Digital Collection?  Kevin Miller and Dr. David Baird will be speaking Thursday, February 23 at 4 p.m. in Payson Library’s Kresge Reading Room about the collection and about George Pepperdine.  For more information, visit the event page on the library’s events calendar.

Check out a few items from the physical collection that are not part of the digital collection!  (Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the images.)

George Pepperdine with two of his children, George II and Marilyn.

A poem written by George Pepperdine, titled “I Am Just a Little Leaf” (1928).

The cover of a 1970 catalog from Western Auto Supply Company, the company George started out of his home in 1909 — with some very fashionable hair and clothing choices!