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SJSU Artifacts and Memorabilia Collection
MSS.2011.09.19  
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Series I: University Memorabilia 1884-1969 (Bulk 1884-1911)

Physical Description

2 Boxes

Scope and Content of Collection

This series consists of three-dimensional artifacts that include class name plates, a college belt buckle, a comedy-tragedy drama mask, and four collector dinner plates. Of note is a key to Tower Hall accompanied by a letter from a Tower Club alumni member to President Robert D. Clark (President from 1964-1969) indicating the historic value of the key. Tower Hall is the centerpiece building on campus, built in 1910 to replace a damaged building following the 1906 earthquake.

Arrangement

This series is arranged by format and chronologically by date.
 

Box 1: Artifacts 1884-1969 (Bulk 1884-1911)

 

Folders 1-4

 

Box 2: Collector Dinner Plates n.d.

 

Folder 5

 

Series II: Heritage Memorabilia 1902-2007 (Bulk 2007)

Physical Description

1 Box

Scope and Content of Collection

This series consists of commemorative items from events that celebrated university milestones. These events include the cornerstone laying for the Carnegie Library in 1902, Heritage Day in 2000, and the San José State University's 150th anniversary in 2007. The Carnegie Library cornerstone was set in 1902 and included in this series are business cards and signatures of those that attended the cornerstone laying ceremony. Although the event for the Carnegie Library is not directly related to the University's history, the Library's location at San Fernando and Fourth Street became property of the University and the location of subsequent University libraries. A similar cornerstone laying for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, a joint-library venture between San José State University and the city of San José, led to the Heritage Day celebration on October 20, 2000.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically.
 

Box 3: Commemorative Artifacts 1902-2007 (Bulk 2007)

 

Folders 6-8

 

Series III: Imprinting Devices 1930-1932, n.d.

Physical Description

3 Boxes

Scope and Content of Collection

This series consists of library stamps used for book processing, photographic etchings, and wood mounted linoleum cuts used for publicity purposes. The creation of some of the photographic etchings and wood mounted linoleum cuts depict art students working on canvases in front of Tower Hall, and were likely created by San Jose State College students in the 1930s.

Arrangement

This series is arranged by format and chronologically by date.
 

Box 4: Photographic Etchings and Wood Mounted Linoleum Cuts 1930, n.d.

 

Folder 9

 

Box 5: Embosser 1932

 

Folder 10

 

Box 6: Library Stamps n.d.

 

Folder 11

 

Series IV: University Gifts 1960-1967

Physical Description

1 Box

Scope and Content of Collection

This series consists of letters and gifts from two Japanese universities. One letter was sent from Okayama University, identified as a sister university to San Jose State College, in 1960. The second letter, sent in 1967, was in response to invitations from San Jose State College to the Keio University Mandolin Orchestra and in honor of their third visit.

Arrangement

The contents of this series are arranged by format.
 

Box 7: Gifts 1960-1967

 

Folder 12

 

Series V: SJSU Pennants n.d.

Physical Description

1 Box

Scope and Content of Collection

This series consists of fabric and paper pennants representing the university from 1862 to the present.

Arrangement

This series is arranged by the University names represented on the individual pennants.
 

Box 8: Pennants n.d.

 

Folders 13-18