Through the efforts of James A. Blaisdell, Pomona College president and Ernest C. Moore, UCLA president, the Southern California Conference of Colleges was founded in 1924 to share common interests among southern California institutions. Later the organization became the Western College Association and assumed the responsibility of accreditation from 1948 to 1962.

After 1962 the Western Association of Schools and Colleges undertook that role. Charles T. Fitts, of the Pomona College faculty, served as Executive Secretary from 1924–1954. This extensive collection of correspondence, documentation of activities and finances, and publications (1920s–1950s) came to the Honnold/Mudd Library in 1972. Printed speeches and the “Proceedings of Meeting” were added later.

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