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Guide to the San José State Normal School Principals and Early Presidents Records
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Series: I Correspondence 1872-1915 (bulk 1907-1915)

Physical Description: 3 Boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of correspondence of State Normal School principals and presidents. Early principals and presidents include Charles H. Allen, principal (1873-1889); President James McNaughton (1899-1900); and President Morris E. Dailey (1900-1918).

Personal Names

Charles H. Allen
Morris E. Dailey
James McNaughton


The series is arranged by format.
Box 1

Letters 1899

Box 2

Communication/Petition 1911-1915

Box 3

Ledgers 1907-1910


Series: II Ahira Holmes Diary 1862

Physical Description: 1 Box

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of a diary written by Principal Ahira Holmes (1862-1865), which details the formation of the first State Normal School. It describes the growth of the student body and other historically significant events of the early days of the Normal School, such as the school's first graduating class, a catalog of the school's library holdings, incoming students' rosters, student body statistics, and so forth. Scholars interested in tracing the early formation of the programs, curriculum, and attitudes of the administration will find this diary incredibly insightful.
Box 4

Diary 1862