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President James Cleary and Chinese Delegation Sign Educational Exchange Agreement, 1981. Photograph by Rick Childs

In 1978, CSUN President James W. Cleary began working on a plan to improve the campus’ international reputation. Step one; initiate an international student and teacher exchange program. As one might expect, it took several years for such a program to become firmly established. In November 1983, Cleary’s administrative assistant Kay Kellogg said, “… the program is just now becoming operational.” By this time, exchanges with China, Brazil, and Poland had occurred, and an estimated dozen students and a dozen teachers had already participated in exchanges with China...

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Cover, Popular Classics for Spanish Guitar

Legendary classical guitarist Julian Bream passed away at the age of 87 on August 14, 2020. Bream was a lover of all music, and he surrounded himself within the sonic landscapes of every musical era, going back as far as the music of 15-century lutenists. The IGRA Guitar Research Archives Discography Collection contains an immense collection of phonograph recordings. These recordings are a valuable resource for any music researcher, performer, teacher or student looking to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of performed music...

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Birthday card found in the diary of James F. Dargan

James F. Dargan was born in the town of Randolph, Norfolk County, Massachusetts in 1843. Dargan was the eldest of six children born to Irish immigrants, and by the age of seventeen worked as a boot maker in his father’s shop. On September 17, 1862, at the age of nineteen, he enlisted in the Union Army, 4th Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry, and on that day began a four volume diary of his experiences in the American Civil War...

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Champion Guernsey dairy cow Linetta, ca. 1937

The Adohr Farms milk dairy was initially located in Tarzana, California at Ventura Boulevard and Lindley Avenue. Merritt Adamson and his wife Rhoda Agatha Rindge Adamson established the farm in 1916. The farm, dairy, and creamery were named after Rhoda, with her name spelled backwards as "Adohr." Rhoda's parents, Rhoda May Knight Rindge and Frederick Hastings Rindge, were business leaders and real estate developers with a 13,315-acre Malibu ranch...

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