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Series I: Administrative Files 1962-1999 1880-2002 (bulk 1962-1999)

Physical Description: 50.0 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The San José State University Library can trace its origins to the early days of the California State Normal School in the 1860s. The academic library has served students in San José for over a century. The records chronicle the library from its roots as a Normal School library to the university's preparations for the creation of a joint library with the main branch of the San José public library in 2003.
The material in this series contains administrative files, reports, questionnaires, and library statistics. Also included are files pertaining to the St. John Dixon case. Dixon was one of three students expelled from Alabama State University after participating in a sit-in at a white lunch counter. He applied for admission to San José State and was initially denied. President Wahlquist (1952-1964) and advocates for Dixon later managed to obtain the paperwork for Dixon and allow him admission to San José State College.


This series is arranged chronologically by date range.

Accession Records 1887-1962

Box 3

Handbooks, Pamphlets 1903-1947

Box 4-19

General Files 1910-1999

Box 20

California State Library Foundation 1950-1989

Box 21

Administrative Files, St. John Dixon Case 1960-1973

Box 22

OPAC Implementation Committee Files, Library Pamphlets, Renovation Reports 1960-1982

Box 23

Library Newsletters 1960-1966

Box 24-25

Periodical Lists 1961-1980

Box 26

New Books Added to College Library 1961-1968

Box 27-30

Reports, General Files 1961-1999

Box 31

Library Statistics 1962-1970

Box 32

Memos 1964-1971

Box 33

Minutes and Correspondence of Library Staff 1965-1968

Box 34

CLA, ALA, General Files 1966-1974

Box 35

1982 Opening of New Library 1967-1982

Box 36

General Files, Summer Session 1968-1978

Box 37-38

General Files, Questionnaire 1968-1976

Box 39

Bibliographies 1969-1973

Box 40

Resumes, General Files 1973

Box 41-43

Library Move Files 1976-1982

Box 44

Details of Clark Library Move in 1982 1980-1984

Box 51

Collection of Library Finder Guides, Normal School Materials 1880-1960

Box 52

Policy Manuals 1970-1998

Box 53

Faculty Status and Salary Material 1976-1984

Box 54

Collection of Annual Reports 1982-1999

Box 55

Various Reports on California State Collegs and San Jose State College 2000-2002

Box 56

Memos and Invitations 1940-1959


Series II: Blueprints and Architectural Drawings 1916-1973

Physical Description: 6.0 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains blueprints and architectural drawings of the SJSU library from 1916 to 1973. The materials illustrate the various incarnations of the library, which has moved to several different buildings and locations on campus due to the need for expansion throughout the university's 150-year history.


This series is arranged chronologically by date range.
Box 45

Building Plans, Blueprints 1916-1947

Box 46

Floor Plans, Blueprints of Library North, Central South, and 1940 Library 1940-1953

Box 47-48

Blueprints, Architectural Drawings 1949-1961

Box 49

Floor Plans, Blueprints of Library North, Central, South 1961-1963

Box 50

Blueprints, Drawings, General Files 1967-1973


Series III: Artifacts and Memorabilia 1949-2002

Scope and Contents

This series contains a collection of the library’s stamps dating from approximately the 1960 to the early 2002. Additionally, included in this series is a deconstructed scrapbook documenting the library staff’s social events dating from 1949-1953.


This series is arranged by format.
Box 57

Library Stamps circa 1960-2002

Box 58

Library Staff Social Events Scrapbook

Box 58, Folder 1

January 1949-November 1951

Box 58, Folder 2

January 1952-April 1953

Box 59

Series IV: Publications 2017

Scope and Contents

Publications created by SJSU King Library including Library News newsletter