The Sanville Institute Archives

The Sanville Institute records consist of documents relating to the organization’s early history, faculty, curricula, alumni, services, state approval, and its Board of Trustees.

The collection contains correspondence, oral histories, photographs, memorabilia, meeting minutes, faculty governance documents, newsletters, brochures, student-faculty handbooks, alumni surveys, writings by Jean Sanville, and other material. The collection also includes Judith Kay Nelson’s research files on crying and attachment theory. Nelson was a Sanville Institute graduate, faculty member, and dean emeritus. Lastly, the collection holds an external hard drive containing 223 gigabytes of the Sanville Institute’s digital files. The digital files include text, images, audio, video, and presentation files.

Advance notice required for access. The materials described under the series titled “‘Sanville Archives’ – digital files stored on external hard drive” consist of digital computer files preserved in the USC Digital Repository. The files are not publicly accessible online. Researchers wishing to request access should email

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California Social Welfare Archives
Special Collections
USC Libraries
University of Southern California.

Materials Included

Archival materials date from the school’s planning years until its closure (1974-2018).

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