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Sanville Institute records

Identifier: 0616

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Scope and Contents

The Sanville Institute for Clinical Social Work (formerly the California Institute for Clinical Social Work) was a non-profit educational organization dedicated to deepening the practice and values of the social work profession among practitioners and the public. From 1974 to 2018 the Institute operated a state-approved graduate program in California, offering a PhD in clinical social work. 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.


  • Creation: 1974 - 2021


Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Department of Special Collections at Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


18.6 Linear Feet (19 boxes)

223 Gigabytes (42 computer folders and 1570 computer files)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Whitney van Nouhuys, March 5, 2020 and April 1, 2021. Gift of Judith Kay Nelson, July 7, 2021.

Processing Information

The collection is minimally processed. The descriptions for this finding aid's box-level records (both titles and scope and contents notes) were transcribed from printed inventories left in each box. The records under the series describing the external hard drive list each digital file and folder name as they are arranged on the device.

Finding aid for the Sanville Institute records
Bo Doub
2021 February
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2021 July: Finding aid updated by Bo Doub: added an accrual of five boxes to the collection donated by Judith Kay Nelson

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository

Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-0189 United States