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San Fernando Valley State College (now CSUN) "Granny Girls" in costume, circa 1969. In 1966, Dorthea "Granny" Heitz organized a spirit squad that became known as the "Granny Girls." They were unofficial ambassadors for the school as well as hostesses at sporting and homecoming events; their goal was to promote a spirit of friendship and camaraderie on campus. CSUN University Digital Archives.

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This is an image of the first graduation at San Fernando Valley State College (SFVSC, now CSUN) on June 12, 1959. Ninety students received their degrees on the SFVSC football field. This image shows the large expanse of empty land held by the college at this time; visible in the background is the Santa Susana mountain range. CSUN University Digital Archives.

Front page of the Daily Sundial, campus newspaper at San Fernando Valley State College, January 10, 1969. Those arrested were gathered at the Open Forum area. Among those arrested were eight faculty members and the campus minister. All were charged with failure to disperse after being warned. CSUN University Digital Archives.

U.S. Vice President Hubert Humphrey speaks before the assembled crowd at San Fernando Valley State College (now CSUN) in September 1966. Anti-war sentiment was growing toward the Johnson administration at this time, so there were a number of anti-Vietnam War protesters in the crowd. Also visible are sign-wielding supporters of then-California governor Pat Brown. Brown was defeated just a few months later for what would have been his third term. CSUN University Digital Archives.

Devonshire Downs flier, circa 1960-1965. Flier advertising the availability of Devonshire Downs for use as an exposition facility and fair grounds. It was owned and operated by the San Fernando Valley State College and located on what is now part of the California State University, Northridge campus. The Downs hosted concerts such as Jimi Hendrix in the late 1960's. Chatsworth Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

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Campus of San Fernando Valley State College (now California State University, Northridge), aerial view looking east from Reseda Blvd., March 11, 1962. Reseda Blvd. in the foreground, the Music Building, Nordhoff Hall on the edge of Nordhoff St., right. Sierra Hall construction site is visible in the center. CSUN University Archives.San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.

Cheerleaders sporting their scarfs at the Homecoming football game.

The campus newspaper at San Fernando Valley State College (now CSUN), the Daily Sundial, ran this front-page illustration in the shape of a helmeted soldier in October 1969. Within the silhouette of the soldier's head is newsprint; the articles chosen represent those concerning Vietnam War dead from Southern California. CSUN University Digital Archives.