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Guide to the San José State University Student Organization Records
MSS-2009-03-09  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Project Information
  • Organizational History
  • Bibliography
  • Related Material
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Subject Headings

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: San José State University Student Organization Records
    Dates: 1920-2011
    Bulk Dates: 1930-1940
    Collection number: MSS-2009-03-09
    Creator: San Jose Staté University
    Collection Size: 13 boxes, 9.74 linear feet
    Repository: San José State University. Library.
    San José, California 95192-0028
    Abstract: The San José State University Student Organization Records, 1920-2011 (bulk 1930-1940), document various student body organizations over a 70-year period, such as the Associated Students, the Black Masque Honor Society, the Spartan Programs Committee, and various Panhellenic and honorary fraternities and sororities. The records consist of newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, flyers, programs, scrapbooks, handwritten scrolls, and meeting minutes. This collection is arranged into four series: Series I. Publications and Minutes, 1926-1975; Series II. Greek Letter Societies, 1920s-1980s (bulk 1930-1960); Series III. Honor Societies, 1930s-1970s (bulk 1930-1940); and Series IV. Additional Student Organization Materials, 1936-2011 (bulk 1957-1976).
    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 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 givenon 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 José State University Student Organization Records, MSS-2009-03-09, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Alicia Deadrick and Kimberly Koshiyama. Finding aid EAD encoded by Robert Donahue and 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 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 Jose 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.
    San José State University has been home to numerous student organizations throughout its 150-year history. SJSU student clubs range from social groups to Greek letter societies, honor societies to academic and major-related clubs, and service and human rights organizations. The Philomathean society is the oldest documented club on campus, with evidence of its existence prior to 1876. Many of the initial Normal School and San José State Teachers College student organizations were related to literary studies, oratory, and Christian missionary work. Panhellenic Greek societies were also present on campus during the nineteenth century, including Chi Epsilon, Kappa Delta, Iota Phi, and Alpha Rho. In addition, an early form of student government, referred to as the Student Body, was established on campus in 1898; it was subsequently renamed Associated Students in 1923. As of 2010, San José State University maintains over 300 active student clubs and organizations, including the service co-ed fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, the Akbayan Pilipino American Organization, the History Club, the Badminton Club, and the Longboarding Club.

    Bibliography

    Gilbert, Benjamin F, and Charles Burdick. Washington Square, 1857-1979: The History of San José State University. San José : San José State University, 1980.
    Nellen, Annette. "Traditions through the years at San José State University." 1999. http://www.cob.sjsu.edu/nellen_a/traditions.htm 
    San José State University. About SJSU. http://www.sjsu.edu/about_sjsu/  (accessed 02/17/2010).
    Walsh, James P. San José State University: An Interpretive History, 1950-2000. San José: San José State University, 2003.

    Related Material

    San José State University Associated Students Records, MSS-2009-08-01, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.
    San José State University Archives Scrapook Collection, MSS-2010-03-04, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The San José State University Student Organization Records, 1920-1989 (bulk 1930-1940), document various student body organizations over a 70-year period, such as the Associated Students, the Black Masque Honor Society, the Spartan Programs Committee, and various Panhellenic and honorary fraternities and sororities. The records consist of newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, flyers, programs, scrapbooks, handwritten scrolls, and meeting minutes.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into four series: Series I. Publications and Minutes, 1926-1975; Series II. Greek Letter Societies, 1920s-1980s (bulk 1930-1960); Series III. Honor Societies, 1930s-1970s (bulk 1930-1940); and Series IV. Additional Student Organization Materials, 1936-2011 (bulk 1957-1976).

    Subject Headings

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    San José State University -- Student Organizations -- History
    San José State University -- History
    San Joseé State Normal School -- History
    San José State Teachers College -- History
    San Jose State College -- History
    California State University, San José -- History
    Education, Higher -- California -- San José
    Greek letter societies -- California -- San José
    College students -- California -- San José -- Societies, etc.
    Students -- Societies, etc.