Pepperdine University Libraries is pleased to announce the release of the George Pepperdine Collection, the latest entry among its growing Pepperdine Digital Collections. Fully digitized and searchable online, the George Pepperdine Collection features rare and unique materials—including photographs, writings, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, collectables, and home movies—from the personal and professional life of this notable Los Angeles philanthropist and founder of Pepperdine University. George Pepperdine (1886-1962), who made his fortune as the entrepreneur behind Western Auto Supply Agency, was inspired by his deep Christian faith to reinvest his wealth in charitable activities, including the university, which he founded as George Pepperdine College in 1937. Drawing from select items in the Pepperdine University Libraries Special Collections and University Archives collection George Pepperdine Family Papers, this digital collection chronicles this history through primary source materials in a variety of media. The collection also sheds light on the personal life of George Pepperdine, particularly his family life with Helen Louise Pepperdine (1903-1990) and their children. Click here to view the collection.
Designed to coincide with Pepperdine University’s 75th anniversary celebrations, it is our hope that the George Pepperdine Collection will serve to illuminate the man at the center of this history and provide a glimpse into the personal journey that led to the founding of our university. Pepperdine departments involved with anniversary publications or events are particularly encouraged to utilize this collection. And remember, the items currently highlighted in this collection represent only a fraction of the much larger George Pepperdine archival collection available in Special Collections and University Archives. Enjoy.