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Fascinating Student Life at Fresno State College in the 1960s

Fresno State School was founded in 1911 with Charles Lourie McLane as its first president. It became Fresno State College in 1949, authorized to grant bachelor’s degrees. In 1961, it became a charter institution of the State College System of California, the forerunner of the California State University System. The name was changed to California State University, Fresno, in 1972.

Here are some stunning historical photos that capture the students’ life at Fresno State College in the 1960s.

#1 Fresno State College, February 27, 1964

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#2 Suzanne Niswander, Roosevelt High School Class of 1962 and Bobbett Rich, Roosevelt High School Class of 1963, going on to be students at Fresno State College in Fresno, 1964

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#3 Fresno State College, March 19th, 1964

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#4 Fresno State College girls, 1966

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#5 Sing-a-long to break the ice, 1963

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#6 A small social mixer for students at Fresno State College back in 1963.

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#7 Judy and Teddi, 1963

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#8 Teddi and Paul Harvey Wallace, 22-March 1963

The future Dr. Paul Harvey Wallace enjoying his first year in college. Harvey went on to become a war hero and was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart for his actions in the Vietnam war in April 1968 as a Platoon leader with the 3rd Marine Division before returning to school to get his doctorate in law. He became a respected professor at Fresno State University among other accomplishments. He was a graduate of Fresno's Roosevelt High School as well as Fresno State College (as FSU was called back then). He died in August of 2009 and was posthumously granted the status of Professor Emeritus by Fresno State University.

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#9 Jack, Teddi and Jon, at Fresno State College, 1963

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#10 Judy, at Fresno State College, 1963. This gal was a redhead with an outgoing personality.

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#11 Judy and Lance, at Fresno State College, 1963

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#12 Steve and Kay, at Fresno State College, 1963

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#13 Dancing the afternoon away, at Fresno State College, 1963

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#14 Dancing the afternoon away, 1963

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#15 Steve and new friend, at Fresno State College, 1963

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#16 Dancing the afternoon away, at Fresno State College, 1963

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#17 Dr. Paul Harvey Wallace, 1963

Paul Wallace, here in his first year of college, went on after college to become a marine officer and a war hero. He was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart for his actions in April of 1968 while serving with the 3rd Marine Division in the Vietnam war. After the war Paul continued his education, got a doctorate degree in law and became a revered professor in law and law enforcement at Fresno State University, where he co-authored a number of books on various aspects of law enforcment.

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#18 Ernie, Doug, Steve and Bert, at Fresno State College, 1963

Ernie Kinney went on to become a well-known passionate defense attorney in Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley of California. He died of leukemia April 30, 2008.

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#19 Encounter with the Law, 1963.

While out horsing around on a overcast Fresno morning the Fresno County Sheriff's units stopped to check out our "suspicious" activities. All ended peacefully when they learned we were just a bunch of harmless college boys.

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#20 Encounter with the Law, 23 March 1963.

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#21 Encounter with the Law, 23 March 1963

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#22 Shark Mobile Road Trip 1966.

The guys were just joking in this staged photo back in 1966. Students at Fresno State College in one of the dormitories just west of the campus. This old Dodge panel truck was just for limited local travel.

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#23 1966 Leaving 4 Sacramento, Fresno State College.

These Fresno State College students just ready to leave for a weekend event up in Sacramento in the spring of 1966. The car a 1964 Chevy Chevelle Malibu convertible in dark blue with the 283 V-8 and Powerglide transmission.

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#24 Dance party social, Oct 1st, 1964, Fresno State College.

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#25 Dance party social, Oct 1st, 1964, Fresno State College.

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#26 Dance party social, Oct 1st, 1964, Fresno State College.

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#27 Dance party social, Oct 1st, 1964, Fresno State College

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#28 Dance party social, Oct 1st, 1964, Fresno State College

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#29 Dance party social, Oct 1st, 1964, Fresno State College

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#30 Dance party social, Oct 1st, 1964, Fresno State College

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#31 A bunch of co-eds having a costume party at a near-by women’s dorm, walked over to serenade at the neighboring men’s dorm, 1964

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#32 The Kappa Alpha Theta soroity, Fresno State College, March 7th, 1964

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#33 Kappa Alpha Theta sorority spring pledge class, Fresno State College, March 7th, 1964.

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#34 Fresno State College, Dec 13, 1963, costume party, Steve and date

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#35 Fresno State College, Dec 13, 1963, costume party, Mike and date

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#36 Nov 16th, 1963–Post Game Party, John and friend–Fresno State College

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#37 Doug and friend, Fresno State College, 1963

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#38 Russ, girl friend and Mike, Fresno State College, 1963

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#39 Bunny at an evening dance party, 1966

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#40 Evening dance party at Fresno State College, 1963

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#41 Spring, 1965

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#42 Fresno State College, 1964

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#43 Spring mixer, Fresno State College, 1964

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#44 Spring mixer, Fresno State College, 1964

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#45 Fresno State College, 1964

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#46 Spring mixer, 1964

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#47 Fresno State College, 1964

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#48 Fresno State College, 1964

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#49 Fresno State College, 1964

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#50 Fresno State College, 1964

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#51 Fresno State College, 1964

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#52 Costume party, John S. and date, 1963

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#53 Costume party, Wonder Warthog and date, at Fresno State College, 1963

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#54 Costume party, Joe and date, 1963

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#55 Costume party, Richard “Rachael”, 1963

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#56 Mike and friend at costume Party, at Fresno State College, 1963

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#57 Paul went on to be a decorated hero in the Vietnam war, 1963

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#58 Costume party, Rita & Richard, 1963

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#59 Paul & Bunny, 1963

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#60 Linda, Fresno State College, 1963

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#61 Dennis & Rita at post game party, 1963

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#62 Post Game Party, Sam and friend, 1963

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#63 Post Game Party, Harold and date, 1963

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#64 Ernie and Dorothy, at Fresno State College, 1963

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#65 Mary, Spring mixer, Fresno State College, 1964

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#66 Halloween Dance Party, Fresno State College, 1964

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#67 Halloween Dance Party, Fresno State College, 1964

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#68 Halloween Dance Party, Fresno State College, 1964

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#69 Halloween Dance Party, Fresno State College, 1964

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#70 Richard and pet, Fresno State College, 1963

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#71 Weekend volunteer work crew, Fresno State College, 1963

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#72 1964, Costume Bash, Fresno State College, 1964

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#73 Costume Bash, Fresno State College, 1964

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#74 Herb at Costume Bash, Fresno State College, 1964

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#75 Clark and date at Costume Bash, Fresno State College, 1964

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#76 Dance party, 1966

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#77 Costume Bash, Fresno State College, 1964

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#78 College Girl Friend in 1966

In her homemade harem girl outfit for a costume party we attended. With her freckles, beautiful red hair and blue eyes she was one of the most naturally beautiful women.

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#79 Mary Ann, Fresno State College, 1964

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#80 Someone’s girl Friend, Fresno State College, 1964

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#81 Student Social, Margaret and Ralph, Fresno State College, 1965

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#82 College social, Steve, Fresno State College, Spring 1965

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#83 Goofing off at the dorm, 1966

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#84 Fresno State College, 1966

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#85 Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Fresno State College, 1965

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#86 At a dance party, Fresno State College, 1965

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#87 At a dance party, Fresno State College, 1965

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#88 At a dance party, Fresno State College, 1965

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#89 At a dance party, Fresno State College, 1965

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#90 At a dance party, Fresno State College, 1965

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#91 At a dance party, Fresno State College, 1965

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#92 Student social, 1967

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#93 Student social at Fresno State College, 1967

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#94 At a social mixer, 1965

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#95 At a social mixer, Fresno State College, 1965

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#96 At a social mixer, Fresno State College, 1965

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#97 At a social mixer, Fresno State College, 1965

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#98 At a social mixer, Fresno State College, 1965

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#99 Linda and James with Mike on left and Sam on right, Fresno State College, 1964

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#100 Student dinner party, Kathy–Fresno State College, 1964

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#101 Student Dinner Party–Mary Ann and John–Fresno State College, 1964

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#102 Student social, fall of 1966

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#103 Dance Party at Fresno State College, 1966

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#104 Evening dance party, 1966

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#105 Evening dance party, 1966

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#106 Student social, 1967

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#107 Evening dance party, 1966

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#108 Student social, 1967

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#109 Student social, 19667

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#110 Homecoming Parade Float Building, 1966

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#111 Homecoming Parade Float Building, Fresno State College, 1966

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#112 Homecoming Parade Float Building, Fresno State College, 1966

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#113 A shot in the dark, 1967

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#114 Blue Key Honor Society Dinner, 1966

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#115 Blue Key Honor Society initiates, 1966

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#116 Jackie at Saturday student picnic, Fresno State College, 1966

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#117 Weekend bash at one of men’s dorms, 1967

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#118 Student Picnic, Fresno College, spring 1966.

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#119 Coeds watching the baseball game, 1966

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#120 Jackie watching the baseball game, 1966

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#121 Students watching the picnic baseball game, 1966

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#122 Coed watching the picnic baseball game, 1966

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#123 Picnic with coeds, spring of 1966, Fresno State College

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#124 Picnic with coeds, spring of 1966

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#125 Picnic with coeds, spring of 1966

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#126 Picnic with coeds, spring of 1966

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#127 Picnic with coeds, spring of 1966

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#128 Student Picnic, Fresno College, spring 1966

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#129 Picnic with coeds, spring of 1966

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#130 Picnic with coeds, spring of 1966

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