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Guide to the Dr. Robert J. Williams California State Normal Schools Collection, 1881-1943
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  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Dr. Robert J. Williams California State Normal Schools Collection
    Dates: 1881-1943
    Identification: URB/CSNS
    Creator: Williams, Dr. Robert J.
    Physical Description: 2.00 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Urban Archives
    Abstract: When California State University, Northridge was established in 1957 Dr. Williams came to the Northridge Campus as its first Dean of Admissions, bringing the Normal School Collection with him. The origins of the Normal School in California date back to 1857, when the City Normal School was established in San Francisco. Their purpose was the education of future primary and secondary teachers for the public school systems. The collection is composed of printed catalogs, bulletins, announcements and reports on the State Normal Schools in California from 1881-1930.

    Biographical Information:

    California State University, Northridge was established in 1956 as a satellite of Los Angeles State College, later becoming an independent campus known as San Fernando Valley State College. Dr. Williams came to the Northridge Campus as its first Dean of Admissions, bringing the Normal School Collection with him. From 1957 until his retirement in 1986, Dr. Williams served as Dean of Admissions, Head of High School and Jr. College Relations. Williams also served as a counselor in the Student Counseling Center.
    Normal schools in California date back to 1857, with the establishment of San Francisco's City Normal School. Sessions were held weekly on Monday evenings until the first State Normal School opened its doors in July 1862, at San Jose. This was the fourteenth full-time State Normal School established in the United States. In July 1862, only eight out of the thirty-four states had normal schools. An Act of the California State Legislature on May 2, 1862 appropriated $3,000 for the establishment of State normal schools and support for five months. The primary purpose of normal schools was to educate primary and secondary teachers for public school systems.
    The normal school system in California went through a series of name changes. They were known as State Teachers Colleges from 1921 to 1935, when their name was shortened to State Colleges. Several of the original normal school campuses joined the California State University system in the early 1970s.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Corporate Name:

    State Normal School (Calif.)

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Paper records

    Topical Term:

    Teachers -- Training of -- California
    Teachers colleges -- California

    Administrative Information

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], [date], Dr. Robert J. Williams California State Normal Schools Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

    Related Materials:

    Other collections documenting California State University, Northridge's history are available in the University Archives  

    Arrangement of Materials:

    Series I: California State University System Normal Schools Annual Reports to the Governor, 1881-1888
        Subseries 1: Annual Reports to the Governor of California, 1882-1888
        Subseries 2: Publications, 1894-1896
    Series II: California State University Normal Schools Catalogs, Circulars, and Announcements, 1885-1943
        Subseries 1: Fresno State Normal School, 1916-1918
        Subseries 2: Los Angeles Normal School, 1885-1916
        Subseries 3: San Diego State Normal School, 1901-1910
        Subseries 4: San Francisco State Normal School, 1901-1943
        Subseries 5: San Jose State Normal School, 1886-1923
        Subseries 6: San Luis Obispo State Normal School, 1916-1917
        Subseries 7: Santa Barbara State Normal School, 1916-1930
    Series III: Non-CSU Normal Schools, 1913-1930
        Subseries 1: College of Agriculture Circulars, University of California, Berkeley, 1913, 1933
        Subseries 2: Columbus Senior High School, Columbus, Indiana

    Scope and Contents

    The bulk of the Robert J. Williams Normal School Collection is composed of printed catalogs, bulletins, announcements and reports on the State Normal Schools in California from 1881-1930. Included in these materials are Board of Trustee and Campus Presidents' Reports to the Governor, curriculum requirements, class schedules, budgets, and special announcements concerning a variety of local campus subjects. The collection also has printed material on the University of California, Berkeley, College of Agriculture and Columbus High School, Columbus, Indiana. It has been divided into three series: California State University System Normal Schools Annual Reports to the Governor (1881-1910), California State University Normal Schools Catalogs, Circulars, and Announcements (1885-1929), and Non-CSU Normal Schools (1913-1930.)
    Series I, California State University System Normal Schools Annual Reports to the Governor, consists of two subseries: Annual Reports to the Governor of California (1882-1888) and Publications (1894-1896). Annual Reports to the Governor of California consists of reports submitted by various boards of trustees in compliance with California State Law requiring the Trustees and Presidents to give an annual report on the general physical and financial condition of the State Normal Schools. Some of the reports are hard bound, while the rest have paper covers. Publications consists of two publications written by Edward T. Pierce, Ph.D., Principal of State Normal School, Los Angeles on teaching and the Normal Schools.
    Series II, California State University Normal Schools, Catalogs, Circulars, and Announcements, consists of early publications and other documents from seven state normal schools, each of which had been made a distinct subseries within the collection: Fresno Normal School, Los Angeles Normal School, San Diego Normal School, San Francisco Normal School, San Jose State Normal School, San Luis Obispo California Polytechnic School, and the Santa Barbara State Normal School. Materials are filed alphabetically.
    Series III, Non-CSU Normal Schools, consists of early publications and other documents from the University of California, Berkeley's College of Agriculture from 1913-1933 on such topics as the bee industry, and olive cultivation in California, as well as early publications from Columbus Senior High School in Columbus Indiana, especially the Honors program, Foreign Language curriculum, and other materials.