Oral Histories

Interview of Robert E. Alshuler

Ex officio member of the University of California Board of Regents. President of the Alumni Association of the University of California, Los Angeles from 1961 to 1963.
Robert E. Alshuler
California State Archives State Government Oral History Program
Politics and Government
UCLA and University of California History
UC Regents
UC Regents
Biographical Note:
Ex officio member of the University of California Board of Regents. President of the Alumni Association of the University of California, Los Angeles from 1961 to 1963.
Treleven, Dale E.
Alshuler, Robert E.
Persons Present:
Alshuler and Treleven.
Place Conducted:
Alshuler's home in San Clemente, California.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Dale E. Treleven, Director, UCLA Oral History Program.There exist no private papers which the interviewer was able to consult for this interview.
Processing of Interview:
David P. Gist, editor, checked the verbatim manuscript of the interview against the original tape recordings, edited for punctuation, paragraphing, and spellings, and with the interviewer verified proper names. Insertions by the editor are bracketed. Gist drafted the table of contents, and the interviewer prepared the biographical summary.Alshuler reviewed the edited transcript and returned it with only minor corrections.
Series Statement:
Interviews in this series were undertaken by the UCLA Oral History Program under the auspices of the California State Archives and in conjunction with the California State University, Fullerton, Oral History Program; California State University, Sacramento, Center for California Studies Oral History Program; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program; and the University of California, Berkeley, Regional Oral History Office. Funds were allocated to the state archives after Governor George Deukmejian signed into law Assembly Bill 2104 (Chapter 965 of the Statutes of 1985), establishing a state government oral history program "to provide through the use of oral history a continuing documentation of state policy development as reflected in California's legislative and executive history." All interviews in the series are available at the California State Archives in Sacramento.
Family history; student leaders and elections at UCLA; notable professors; friendships with Earl J. Miller and William C. Ackerman; Robert Gordon Sproul; Reserve Officers Training Corps; internment of Japanese Americans during World War II; military training and combat during World War II; mortgage banking business; involvement in UCLA Alumni Association; alumni fund-raising; service on the University of California Board of Regents; regental committees; logistics of regents' meetings; power dynamics among board members; ideological differences among regents; impressions of individual regents; Clark Kerr; Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Sr.; movement to establish parity between UCLA and University of California, Berkeley; university system expansion; graduate student housing; university investment policies; medical education; balance between academics and athletics at the university; Alshuler's retirement activities.