A committee of the California State University Board of Trustees is expected Tuesday to approve naming Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History for a founding faculty member.
Lawrence B. de Graaf created the university’s oral history program, which became the Center for Oral and Public History. He also set up the first campus archive, was the university’s first archivist and authored a 360-page book, “The Fullerton Way: Fifty Years at California State University, Fullerton.”
De Graaf is a professor emeritus of history within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He is a specialist in Orange County history and the role of African-Americans in the modern and urban west.
De Graaf has made a $1 million gift commitment to support the center, according to Toni Molle, The California State University’s director of public affairs.
—City News Service
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