Guide to the San José State College Patrons Association Collection

SJSU Library Special Collections and Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0028
Phone: (408) 808-2062
Fax: (408) 808-2063
Email: special.collections@sjsu.edu
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© 2010
Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the San José State College Patrons Association Collection

Collection number: MSS-2010-06-02



SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

San José State University

One Washington Square

San José, CA 95192-0028

Phone: (408) 808-2062

Fax: (408) 808-2063

Email: special.collections@sjsu.edu

URL: http://library.sjsu.edu/sjsu-special-collections/sjsu-special-collections-and-archives


Finding aid funded by the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Processed by:
Kimberly Koshiyama
Date Completed:
2010
Encoded by:
Kimberly Koshiyama
© 2010 Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: San José State College Patrons Association Collection
Dates: 1933-1966
Collection number: MSS-2010-06-02
Creator: San José State University
Collection Size: 1 box, 1.25 linear feet
Repository: San José State University. Library.
San José, California 95192-0028
Abstract: The San Jose State College Patrons Association Collection, 1933-1966, a division of the California Congress of Parents and Teachers, documents the history of the organization over a thirty-year period. The collection consists of history and publicity scrapbooks pertaining to the organization. This collection is arranged into one series: Series I: San Jose State College Patrons Association Scrapbooks, 1933-1966.
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright is assigned to the San Jose State University Special Collections and Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections and Archives. Copyright restrictions may apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

San Jose State College Patrons Association Collection, MSS-2010-06-02, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Kimberly Koshiyama. Finding aid EAD encoded by Kimberly Koshiyama. Reviewed by Danelle Moon and Erin Louthen.

Project Information

This finding aid was created as part of the Survey and Cataloging Project, a two-year San José State University Library grant project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The project began in 2008. The Project Director is Danelle Moon. The Project Archivist is Erin Louthen.

Organizational History

In 1857 the San Francisco Board of Education established Minns' Evening Normal School for current and prospective teachers in the city. Named after its principal, George W. Minns, the institution was formally established as the first California State Normal School by the State Legislature in 1862. A decade later, the Legislature voted to move the Normal School to San Jose, and the school relocated to its new home on Washington Square prior to the fall term of 1872. After a fire destroyed the Normal School building in 1880, the Legislature authorized $200,000 to construct a new building on the same site. Completed in 1881, the building was commonly referred to as the Second State Normal School. After several names and curriculum changes, Minns' Normal School is now San José State University, offering more than 134 bachelor's and master's degrees with 110 concentrations, and is recognized as one of the top public universities granting such degrees in the West.
Established in 1933, the San Jose State College Patrons Association was a division of the California Congress of Parents and Teachers, The college-level equivalent of the Parent-Teacher Association (P.T.A.). The San Jose State College Patrons Association fostered educational and social events for San Jose State College students, maintained close relations with the College administration and faculty to promote student welfare on campus, and sponsored a wide variety of campus activities and events, including annual dinners and potluck luncheons. The Student Emergency Fund and the Welfare Fund were the two major projects of the Patrons. In 1954, the SJSC Patrons Association withdrew from the P.T.A. and became a free-standing club on campus. New by-laws were created, but the Association retained its original philosophical tenet of being continually dedicated to the support and welfare of San Jose State College students.

Bibliography

Gilbert, Benjamin F., and Burdick, Charles. Washington Square, 1857-1979: The History of San José State University. San José, California: San José State University, 1980.
Patrons Association of San Jose State College. History, 1956-1966. Scrapbook. San José, CA: San José State University.
San José State University. About SJSU. http://www.sjsu.edu/about_sjsu/
Walsh, James P. San José State University: An Interpretive History, 1950-2000. San José, California: San José State University, 2003.

Scope and Content of Collection

The San Jose State College Patrons Association Collection, 1933-1966, a division of the California Congress of Parents and Teachers, documents the history of the organization over a thirty-year period. The collection consists of history and publicity scrapbooks pertaining to the organization.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into one series: Series I: San Jose State College Patrons Association Scrapbooks, 1933-1966.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
San Jose State College -- Patrons Association -- History
San Jose State College -- Funds and scholarships
San Jose State College -- Philanthropy -- History
San José State University -- History
San Jose State Teachers College -- History
San Jose State College -- History
Education, Higher -- California -- San José


Collection Contents

 

Series I:  San Jose State College Patrons Association Scrapbooks 1933-1966

Physical Description: 1 box

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of five San Jose State College Patrons Association scrapbooks documenting the history of the organization. The scrapbooks contain annual history reports, black and white photographs of various SJSC individuals and campus buildings such as former presidents and Tower Hall, newspaper clippings from the Spartan Daily, Mercury Herald and the Evening News. The scrapbooks document the activities and events of the organization, and include by-laws, meeting minutes, programs, as well as certificates issued by the California Congress of Parents and Teachers.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date.
Box 1

Patrons Association Scrapbooks 1933-1966