Pepperdine Digital Collections facilitates the discovery of and access to a wide variety
of digital materials related to Pepperdine University's history and unique archival
Items in the digital collections derive from two main sources:
Special collections and archival material: rare books, photographs, films, yearbooks,
newspapers, and thematic and biographical collections of all types
Malibu historical materials: newspapers, books, objects, ephemera, and more from Pepperdine
Libraries' Malibu Historical Collection
Pepperdine Digital Collections is open to the public to encourage discovery and scholarship
at the widest possible breadth. The materials that compose our digital collections
are optimized for online information seeking and archived for long-term digital preservation.
You can review individual collections below, or visit our landing page on ContentDM
view all collections.
Alan Reed was an American film, stage, and voice actor, best known as the original
voice of Fred Flintstone on the show
The Flintstones. The collection includes photographs of Reed assembled for his portfolio, correspondence
from Fred Allen, newspaper clippings, short essays that Reed wrote, and business matters
with the Screen Actors Guild.
In the early 1960s at the height of the Cold War, Pepperdine College sponsored a four-part,
Hollywood-produced film series titled
Crisis for Americans. Utilizing newsreel footage and scripted narration, each film sought to expose the
threat of Soviet-based communism to capitalism and free societies around the globe.
This collection of photographs documents the history of the Associated Women for Pepperdine
(AWP). AWP was started in 1958 by Helen Young and a group of women united in their
belief of the importance of Christian education. AWP members conduct fundraising events
such as dinners, auctions, and bake sales each year in order to provide students with
scholarships to attend Pepperdine University.
The Bruce Herschensohn Collection features the personal papers of this important politician,
scholar, and filmmaker, including his notes, correspondence, media clippings, and
Chuck Waters, veteran Hollywood stuntman, shares his photographs, correspondence,
and stories chronicling more than forty years in the film industry. Waters (b. 1934)
has served as stunt performer or stunt coordinator on over 130 films, including
The Deer Hunter, The Exorcist, the Indiana Jones trilogy, and several films by Clint Eastwood.
These Colonial-era documents, from the collection of Pepperdine alumnus and attorney
Michael J. Marlatt, span from 1715–1781 and represent the cultural, philosophical,
and political atmosphere leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.
The Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) collection includes recent graduate
level theses and dissertations from a variety of schools and programs within Pepperdine
University, Malibu, California. Theses and dissertations may be viewed and downloaded
The Eric Wienberg Collection of Malibu Matchbooks, Postcards, and Collectables chronicles
the history of business establishments and sites in Malibu and the surrounding area.
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.
Hanson A. Williams, Jr. was already an accomplished photographer when he attended
George Pepperdine College from 1946–1950 on a photography scholarship. Williams worked
as a student photographer throughout his time at Pepperdine, taking many of the photographs
for the Pepperdine Yearbook, and serving as its editor-in-chief during his senior
On the Beam was a monthly newsletter designed to maintain communications with George Pepperdine
College students and alumni serving in the US Armed Forces during World War II.
The Historic Pepperdine Films collection features moving image materials produced
by and about Pepperdine University throughout the history of the institution.
The Historic Sound Recordings collection features streamable recordings of memorable
speeches and significant events that chart the history of Pepperdine University and,
more broadly, Southern California. Dating back nearly half a century, these archival
recordings range from political speeches and debates on morality, to musical performances
and lectures on history. Prominent speakers include past Pepperdine presidents, including
M. Norvel Young, William S. Banowsky, and Howard White, as well as national figures,
such as Ronald Reagan, Milton Friedman, and singer Pat Boone.
Inner View was a student newspaper based at Pepperdine University's Los Angeles campus from
1972–1976. It provided award-winning coverage of this transitional period in Pepperdine's
history, local news, and national politics.
This collection consists of historical photographs and documents collected by Dr.
Jerry Rushford on the topic of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement, the Churches
of Christ, and Pepperdine University.
The Historic Surfboard Collection includes over thirty surfboards from the personal
collection of John Mazza, surfing aficionado and local Malibu resident. The boards,
on permanent loan to Pepperdine University, represent the evolution of surfing and
surfboard technology in the twentieth century with examples ranging from the 1910s
to the 1980s.
The coins in this digital exhibit come from the private collection of John Wilson,
professor emeritus of religion and dean emeritus at Pepperdine University's Seaver
College. Wilson has amassed over 1200 coins from the Holy Land, coins that date from
the Persian period to the time of the Crusaders.
Johnny Cash (1932–2003) is an icon of American music. Taken in four sessions from
1960–1963 by award-winning photographer Leigh Weiner, these images capture a pivotal
moment in Cash's life.
Photographer Hanson A. Williams, Jr. was drafted into service for the Korean War in
1950, shortly after graduating from Pepperdine. This collection provides an intimate,
rarely seen, and visually stunning vision of the Korean War.
This collection contains the personal and professional papers of M. Norvel and Helen
Young, both critical figures in the history of Pepperdine University. The bulk of
the materials document the Youngs' involvement with Pepperdine University, their families'
lives, and their activities while based in Tennessee, Texas, and California.
Malibou Lake and Mountain Club is a private lake and residential community located
between the Conejo Valley and Malibu. These bulletins chronicle major events at Malibou
Lake and the lives of its members.
The Malibu Association of Realtors, Inc. Records collection includes business documents,
correspondence, publications, property listings, publicity materials, and collected
ephemera, dating between 1928 and 1985.
The Malibu Historical Photograph Collection includes a selection of images from Malibu's
fascinating history, drawn from various collections in the Special Collections and
This collection features a selection of ceramic tiles manufactured by Malibu Potteries
from 1926–1932. In addition to their striking beauty, these tiles are notable for
their architectural and historical significance and for the connections between Malibu
Potteries, the founding of Malibu, and the construction of Pepperdine University's
The Malibu Times is the longest running newspaper in Malibu, California. The newspaper covers the
region of Malibu, and includes sections on the community, Malibu life, news, sports,
opinion, obituaries, and entertainment.
The Micky Moore Collection features the photographs, correspondence, and production
materials of Michael D. "Micky" Moore, a child actor turned film director whose career
spanned the evolution of filmmaking from the silent era to the millennium.
The Pepperdine College Freedom Forum was an annual, three-day seminar designed to
promote American values as a defense against communism, held in Los Angeles between
1959 and 1971.
The University Archives Photograph Collection presents high-resolution digital renditions
of the thousands of photographic prints, slides, and negatives that compose the Pepperdine
University archival image collection. These images capture the history of Pepperdine
University from its founding in 1937 as George Pepperdine College to the present.
The collection consists of more than 200 commencement programs and nearly 6,000 photographs
taken at commencement ceremonies held at Pepperdine University. Most photographs were
taken in an official capacity by a university photographer. Images and programs in
the collection span from 1938–1990s.
A complete and searchable digital collection of the Pepperdine University yearbook
through its various incarnations as a bound publication (1939–2006). The yearbook
began as The Promenade during the Pepperdine College years (1939–1970). Following
a hiatus during the move to Malibu, the yearbook returned as iMprints (1973–1976),
then Impressions (1977–2006), after which it was only released in digital form. The
collection also includes Crest of a Golden Wave, a pictorial history of Pepperdine
University from 1987.
As a part of Pepperdine University's 50
th Anniversary celebrations in 1987, the university entered a float into the 98 th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. The theme of the float was "The
Quest for Atlantis," a Classical theme reflecting Pepperdine's quest for academic
excellence. This collection is based on a selection of photographs, both formal and
candid, digitized from a photo album provided by Hung Le, one of the eight students
chosen to ride on the float as representatives of Pepperdine.
The Student Life digital collection comprises photographs, memorabilia, documents,
scrapbooks, correspondence, and other materials donated to Pepperdine University Libraries
by alumni of George Pepperdine College and Pepperdine University. The items in this
collection, arranged by theme or donor, strive to capture the "Pepperdine experience"
while providing a glimpse into the lives of the men and women that call Pepperdine
their alma mater.
This collection chronicles the life of Pepperdine alumni Terry Giboney ('61) and Susan
Giboney ('62) during their time as Church of Christ missionaries in Omika, Japan,
Founded in 1952, Trancas Riders and Ropers is an all-volunteer equestrian club and
one of Malibu's oldest community organizations. Trancas Riders and Ropers (T.R.R.)
provides equestrian activities for youth, local families, and underprivileged riders,
ranging from education, horse shows, and community events to financial assistance
for those in need. This collection compiles photographs, news clippings, audiovisual
recordings, and other materials to tell the T.R.R story.