Guide to the San José State Normal School Principals and Early Presidents Records

SJSU Library 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
2009
Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the San José State Normal School Principals and Early Presidents Records

Collection number: MSS-2009-02-01



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:
Elizabeth Lopez
Date Completed:
April 2009
Encoded by:
Elizabeth Lopez and Lynn Sheehy.
circa 2009 Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: San José State Normal School Principals and Early Presidents Records
Dates: 1862-1915
Bulk Dates: 1907-1915
Collection number: MSS-2009-02-01
Creator: San José State Normal School
Collection Size: 4 boxes (2.58 linear feet)
Repository: San José State University. Library.
San José, California 95192-0028
Abstract: The San José State Normal School Principals and Early Presidents Records(1862-1915)[bulk 1907-1915], document the early history of the Normal School from 1862-1915. The collection consists of correspondence ledgers, general correspondence, and also includes a diary written by Principal Ahira Holmes in 1862. The diary details the formation of the first State Normal School, and describes the growth of the student body as well as other historically significant events of the early days of the Normal School. The collection is arranged into two series: Series I. Correspondence, 1872-1915; and Series II. Ahira Holmes Diary, 1862.
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 José State University Library Special Collections & 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 & Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

San José State Normal School Principals and Early Presidents Records, MSS-2009-02-01, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Elizabeth Lopez. Finding aid EAD encoded by Elizabeth Lopez and Lynn Sheehy. 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 José, 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.

References

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

Scope and Content of Collection

The San José State Normal School Principals and Early Presidents Records consist of general correspondence from the early principals and presidents including: Charles H. Allen, Principal (1873-89); President James McNaughton (1899-1900) and President Morris E. Dailey (1900-1918). The correspondence include a petition to elect Principal Allen to membership in the San José State Normal School faculty, papers concerning President McNaughton, presidential correspondence ledgers and general correspondence. Most historically significant is 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 important 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.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series: Series I. Correspondence, 1872-1915; and Series II. Ahira Holmes Diary, 1862.

Subject Headings

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Allen, Charles H.
Dailey, Morris E.
Holmes, Ahira
McNaughton, James
Minns' Evening Normal School -- History
California State Normal School -- History
San José State Normal School -- History
Minns' Evening Normal School -- Presidents -- Correspondence
California State Normal School -- Presidents -- Correspondence
San José State Normal School -- Presidents -- Correspondence
Education, Higher -- California -- San José


Collection Contents

 

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
Principal
Morris E. Dailey
President
James McNaughton
President

Arrangement

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