Oral Histories

Interview of Franklin P. Rolfe

UCLA professor of English and dean of the UCLA College of Letters and Science.
Undergraduate Education at UCLA
Interviews not in a series, part one
UCLA and University of California History
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UCLA Administration
Biographical Note:
UCLA professor of English and dean of the UCLA College of Letters and Science.
Hodgens, Mark
Rolfe, Franklin P.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Penacook, New Hampshire, boyhood; education at Dartmouth College; effect of training in philosophy on English literature studies; teaching at Stanford University; Harvard University graduate work; studying with George Lyman Kittredge and John Livingston Lowes; doctoral degree, 1931; Sheldon Traveling Fellowship in Europe; instructorship at UCLA, 1932; travel across United States during Depression; influence of wife, Katherine Taylor Rolfe; UCLA English department, 1932; Depression-era salaries; Alfred Edwin Longueil; Ernest Carroll Moore; building UCLA library; Henry E. Huntington and William Andrews Clark memorial libraries; commencement exercises in UCLA Greek Theater; effects of World War II on faculty and students; intellectual level of English department raised by returning GIs; internment of Japanese-American students; anticommunist hysteria, 1930s to 1960s; UCLA's 1930s bad press in Los Angeles Times; Robert Gordon Sproul; Moore's retirement; Hollywood writers guild and Hollywood Quarterly; John Howard Lawson; Kenneth Macgowan; loyalty oath controversy, 1949-50; Committee for Responsible University Government; David S. Saxon; faculty contributions toward salaries of oath nonsigners; Angela Davis affair; curricular reform movements; shift from semester to quarter system; College of Letters and Science structure; Clarence A. Dykstra; Paul A. Dodd; area studies centers at UCLA; relations among University of California campuses; Ronald W. Reagan; Lawrence Clark Powell and Franklin D. Murphy; 1960s student activism.