» Chapman University History Bibliography

Selected Sources in the Leatherby Libraries
(**Note: Many of these titles are located in the Reference, Circulating and Journal collections in the library: check the library catalog for location**)

Chapman University History - Monographs

  • Booth, Louise Fulfilling a Dream: The History of Chapman University (Villa Park, California: D.R. Booth and Associates, 2001), 340 pp.
  Archives LD 891 .C466 B67 2001

Fulfilling a Dream is the first book-length history of Chapman University. According to the author, Louise Booth, an Orange County historian, this book “highlights the achievements and adversities of a small bible college that developed into a respected university.”This well-written and well-indexed history provides a detailed chronicle of student life, academic departments, campus architecture, and faculty, staff and administration.  Notably, this illustrated history won a prestigious award, given by the Los Angeles based Rounce and Coffin Club, and is included in the 2002 Western Books Exhibition, which is composed of books that are the year’s best examples of printing and design.

  • Booth, Louise  Historic Chapman College (Photocopy: Orangecountiana,

v. 4, 1989), pp71-76
Archives LD 891 .C466 B66 1989

This article focuses primarily on the history of Chapman University in Orange, California.  It explains the history of the Orange campus, formerly Orange Union High School, and expertly describes the architecture of the original buildings which are on the National Register of Historic Places.  There is also a short history of Chapman University dating to its Hesperian College roots.    

  • Chapman College: An Historical Approach (Chapman University Development Office, 1980-1981), 3pp.


This brief article describes Chapman’s early history, the L.A. years, the Orange years from 1954, provides a short biography of the university’s namesake, C.C. Chapman, and includes a highly informative timeline that covers the years 1850 through 1978.
Location:  in CU pamphlet file at Reference, and on Archives web site.

  • Dahle, David L.  Wilkinson Hall (Lubbock, Texas: Texas Tech University, 1977) 26 leaves
Archives LD .C466 D33 1977

This thesis provides the history and background of one building, Wilkinson Hall, which began its life in 1904, the first building of Orange Union High School.   Originally called “Central”, Wilkinson Hall was designed by L.A. architect A. Dudley and constructed by R. J. Noble Company of Long Beach.  It is named in honor of J.E. Wilkinson who was a trustee, chairman of the board and acting president.  Wilkinson Hall has the distinction of being the oldest continually occupied building of education in Orange County.

  • Delp, Paul.  All the Days / in the Life and Thought of Paul S. Delp, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy (s.l.: Delong Press, [1979?]
Archives BV 4501.2 .D44 1979

This autobiography by Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, former

alumnus (’28), and pacifist, Paul Delp, tells the story of his life and chronicles his long history with Chapman University.  Delp began teaching for

California Christian College in 1932 and retired from Chapman College in 1973.  The Delp Wilkinson endowed chair in Peace Studies is named after

this inspiring leader and author of many books on peace and Christianity.

  • Moore, Jim  Tales From the Small Time : a Celebration of Small College Athletics (Orange, CA: Chapman University Press, c2000) 241pp.

Archives GV 691 .C46 M66 2000

Jim Moore, a former sports information director at Chapman, relays his memories of the coaches, athletes, and events in the small-college Division III arena.

  • Morris, Marilyn Lee  A History of the Chapman College Residence Education Center System, 1958-1982 (Thesis (Ph.D) University of Akron, c1983), 293 pp
Archives LD 891 .C466 M67 1983

This well documented history of Chapman’s off campus education centers  includes a brief history of the university and World Campus Afloat.  The thesis covers the beginnings due to “the military’s need for on-base academic programs” (p. 231), covering development, growth, and expansion.  Appendices include charts of locations, enrollment figures, degrees awarded, revenues and a list of presidents and administrators.

  • Sayre, Arlene Reasoner  Chapman Remembers: A History of Chapman College (1969), 42pp

Archives LD .C466 S29 1969

This informative pamphlet was written by Mrs. Sayre, a professional writer hired by the university, to commemorate the fifty-year anniversary of the incorporation of California Christian College in Los Angeles in 1918.  The history of the university is divided into three segments, “The Founding Years,” the “Years of Dedication,” and the “Years of Realization.”  Covering the years from 1861 through 1968, this history is illustrated and well-indexed.  “A Chapman Chronology” follows the index.

  • Weatherill, David.  Chapman  University Athletic Heritage (compiled by David Weatherill and Bill Parker, 2000) 2 v. in 1 in various pagings
v. 1. Chronology of Chapman athletics by decade  v.2. Chapman team sport chronology by year
Archives GV 691 .C466 W42 2000

According to the preface, this work covers a period of 80 years, 1921-2000, and is presented chronologically by school years (September-June).  David Weatherill, Professor Emeritus of Chapman University and alumnus, class of 1951, and Bill Parker, alumnus, class of 1952, spent hundreds of hours in researching Chapman athletics and compiling the statistics that went into this publication.  Vol. 1 is entitled “Chronology of Chapman Athletics by Decade” and Vol. 2 is entitled, “Chapman Team Sport Chronology By Year.”

Chapman University History-Publications

**Note: Many of these publications are also shelved on the third floor in the Education Library, with the exception of the Chapman University Economic and Business Review which is shelved on the third floor in the Business Library.

  • Ceer (Yearbook)

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  • Chapman College Quarterly—Spring 1986-Winter 1987.

LH 1 .C53 C535

  • Chapman Happenings—1977-

LH 1 .C53 C53

  • Chapman Journal – Nov/Dec 1991 to Spring 2001.

LH 1 .C53 C535

  • Chapman Magazine—Spring/Summer 1988 to Spring/Summer 1991:

Winter 2001/2002-
LH 1 .C53 C535

  • Chapman Quarterly—Summer 1977 to Fall 1985.

LH 1 .C53 C535

  • Chapman University Economic & Business Review—1991-

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  • Chapman University [undergraduate] catalog,1921-

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(These catalogs include lists of Presidents, trustees, current faculty, very brief descriptions of buildings and their date of construction)

  • Chapman University Graduate Bulletin, 1974-

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  • Panther (Newspaper)--Shelved in Periodicals

Archives LH 1 .C53 P36

Chapman History - Masters Theses (non-circulating) Located on the First floor Thesis collection

  • Dicus, Evonne C.  Predicting Graduate Student Success at Chapman College: A Need Analysis
Thesis Ed’70 D55p
  • Everett, Mary Anne.   An Eight Year Study of Chapman College Freshmen Entering 1960-1961: Graduation and Withdrawal Rate
Thesis Ed’69 Ev922e
  • Giles, Evelyn Marie.   An Inquiry into the Moral and Spiritual Climate At Chapman College Today
Thesis Ed’66 G47i
  • Nixon, Ralph E.  A Study of Matriculation Patterns of Chapman College Graduates 1960-1967
Thesis Ed’68 N73s
  • Stevens, Jean Williams.   A Comparative Study of Sophomore and Junior Women Made At Chapman College In Physical Fitness
Thesis Ed’68 St84c

Chapman Family

  • Chapman Charles C.  The Career of a Creative Californian, 1853-1944 (edited by Donald H. Pflueger; foreword by C. Stanley Chapman, Los Angeles: Anderson, Ritchie & Simon, 1976), 241 pp
    Archives LD 891 .C466 C425 1976

An autobiography of the chief benefactor and first President of the Board of Trustees of California Christian College, namesake of Chapman College, devoted Disciples member and philanthropist, and entrepreneur extraordinaire.

  • Chapman, Irvin C.  Irvin C. Chapman (interviewed by Ann L. Spencer, Fullerton, Calif.: California State University, Fullerton, Oral History Program, [1984?], 25 leaves
    Special Collections Books F 868 .O6 C5 1984
  • [Chapman, C. Stanley Jr.]  El Dorado Days: treasured memories of the C. Stanley Chapman family (Fullerton, Calif.: California State University, Fullerton, Oral History Program, c1993), 112 leaves
    Special Collections Books F 868 .O6 E4 1993

Hesperian College

  • Clover, Haworth.  Hesperian College, 1861-1896 : Pioneer Sacramento Valley Collegiate Institution, Antecedent to Chapman College (Burlingame, Calif.: Hesperia Press, c1974), 136 pp.

  Archives LD 7501 .W843 C581 1974

This invaluable history of Hesperian College in Woodland, California, Yolo County, Chapman University’s antecedent, began as a Masters thesis by the author in 1960.  This illustrated and indexed study begins with the founding of Hesperian in 1861, presents financial information, discusses the administration, faculty and curriculum, students and graduates.  Appendices include courses of study, clubs and their membership, names of students enrolled by year and graduates by year.

Shipboard Education

  • University of the Seven Seas (1965-1966)
  • World Campus Afloat (1966-1975)
  • Foreign Aft (1963-1975)

Yearbook of the University of the Seven Seas, then World Campus Afloat
Archives LD 891 .C466 F67

  • Liebhardt, Paul  Discovery : the Adventure of Shipboard Education (Olympia, WA: William & Allen, c1985) 176 pp.

(Photographs by Paul Liebhardt; foreword by Lloyd Lewan; edited by Judy Rogers)
Archives LC 5765 .L54 1985

This beautifully illustrated book gives the history of shipboard education, before and after its affiliation with Chapman University, and takes the reader on a visual tour of the countries and peoples visited by students who traveled and studied on the S.S. Universe. 

  • Liebhardt, Paul  Sea light : Semester at Sea, a Photographic Essay (Pittsburgh, PA: Institute for Shipboard Education, c1997) 159 pp.

Special Collections LC 5765 .L55 1977
Chiefly color photographs of the Semester at Sea program.

  • Marquardson, Barry H.  The Origin and Development of Shipboard Education (Thesis, M.A., 1981) 75 leaves

Archives LD 891 .C466 M37 1981

This thesis touches upon the early history of shipboard education with its inception in the early 1920’s during its affiliation with New York University.  Under Chapman College, shipboard education began in 1965 on the M.S. Seven Seas and soon voyages were made on the newer S. S. Ryndam, and finally on the S.S. Universe.  Due to financial difficulties, Chapman terminated the program following the Fall, 1975 sailing.  During the Chapman years, the program was first named the University of the Seven Seas and then renamed World Campus Afloat.  A new period of shipboard education began in 1977 when the Institute for Shipboard took over the idea of a “floating campus” and was called Semester at Sea.

  • Marshutz, Scott.  “World Campus Afloat: International reputation for Chapman; educational experience for 10,000 students.”  Panther: The Student Newspaper of Chapman College 1 Mar. 1985 [Orange, California] : 4+.

Archives LH 1 .C53 P36 1984-85

  • Semester at Sea Shipmates.  Directory of Alumni of Shipboard Education (Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh, Institute for Shipboard Education :

White Plains, NY: B.C. Harris Pub. Co., Inc., [1996].
“Description Based On: 1963-1995.”
Archives LC 5765 .S45 1966

  • Shipboard Education Newsletter.  Laguna Hills, CA: Institute for Shipboard Education, 1976-

Lib Has:  Vol. 1 (Nov. 1976) – v.33 (Winter 1989/90)

Chapman University Campus System in California and Washington

Residence Education Centers 1958-Spring 1989
Academic Centers  1989-2000
Chapman University College 2001-2009.
Brandman University 2009-
  • Low, Marian.  REC : Servicing the Needs of Adult Learners.  Chapman Quarterly, Summer 1978 [Orange, California] : 3+
  • REC at 25 : How a Neighborly Gesture Became One of America’s Foremost Off-Campus Educational Programs”.  Chapman Quarterly, Spring 1983 [Orange, California] 2+
  • Regional Education, From El Toro to Okinawa: REC Educates 4,000 Students”.
  • Chapman Quarterly, Spring 1986 [Orange, California] : 37.