George Pepperdine Collection Ready For Research

A new finding aid for the George Pepperdine family papers is now available on the Online Archive of California!  As part of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant awarded to the Pepperdine University Libraries’ department of Special Collections and University Archives, our goal is to organize and describe archival collections and ultimately have an online record for each collection.  It is fitting that during the 75th anniversary celebrations, one of the first collections we highlight is that of Pepperdine’s founder, George Pepperdine.

The George Pepperdine family papers include paper materials (such as correspondence, writings, and newspaper clippings), photographs, scrapbooks, films, and memorabilia, dating from 1907 to 2002. Individuals represented in the collection include George Pepperdine, Lena Rose Pepperdine (George’s first wife), Helen Louise Pepperdine (George’s second wife), George B. Pepperdine (George’s uncle), and his five children: Florence May Pepperdine Crossley, Esther Louise Pepperdine Thurston, Marilyn Pepperdine, George Pepperdine II, and Wendell Pepperdine.

Selected pictures and films from the collection have already been digitized and highlighted on the library’s news page by Kevin Miller, Librarian for Digital Curation and Publication.  These items make up the George Pepperdine Digital Collection.

The materials available online are only the beginning – many more interesting letters, scrapbooks, and other items from the Pepperdines’ lives are just waiting to be explored!  These items are available to view by visiting Special Collections and University Archives in Payson Library, and anyone may browse more detailed inventories in person.  For more information about the collection, please email

Interested in learning more about the George Pepperdine Digital Collection?  Kevin Miller and Dr. David Baird will be speaking Thursday, February 23 at 4 p.m. in Payson Library’s Kresge Reading Room about the collection and about George Pepperdine.  For more information, visit the event page on the library’s events calendar.

Check out a few items from the physical collection that are not part of the digital collection!  (Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the images.)

George Pepperdine with two of his children, George II and Marilyn.

A poem written by George Pepperdine, titled “I Am Just a Little Leaf” (1928).

The cover of a 1970 catalog from Western Auto Supply Company, the company George started out of his home in 1909 — with some very fashionable hair and clothing choices!

George Pepperdine Collection Ready For Research
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