Guide to the San José State University Student Organization Records MSS.2009.03.09

SJSU Special Collections & Archives
© 2010
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0028
special.collections@sjsu.edu


Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Title: San José State University Student Organization Records
creator: San Jose Staté University
Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2009.03.09
Physical Description: 11 boxes (10.83 linear feet)
Date (inclusive): 1920-2011
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, 2005 (bulk 1930-1960); Series III. Honor Societies, 1930s-1970s (bulk 1930-1940); and Series IV. Other Student Organization Materials, 1936-1968 (bulk 1957-1967).

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. EAD einding aid encoded by Robert Donahue and Kimberly Koshiyama. Reviewed by Danelle Moon and Erin Louthen. Accruals were added to Series II, and collection housing was consolidated, by Stephanie Watson, June 2016.

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.

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, 1920-2011 (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.

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. Other Student Organization Materials, 1936-1968 (bulk 1957-1967).

Subjects and Indexing Terms

College students -- California -- San José -- Societies, etc.
California State University, San José -- History
Students -- Societies, etc.
San José State Teachers College -- History
San Joseé State Normal School -- History
San José State University -- Student Organizations -- History
San José State University -- History
Greek letter societies -- California -- San José
Education, Higher -- California -- San José
San Jose Staté University
San Jose State College -- History

 

Publications and Minutes Series I: 1926-1975

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of publications, advertisements, fliers, handbooks, and meeting minutes of various SJSU student body organizations, including the Associated Students, the Black Masque Honor Society, Model United Nations of the Pacific West at San Jose State College, the Spartan Programs Committee, and various Panhellenic and honorary fraternities and sororities.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically by student organization.
Box 1

Publications and Minutes 1926-1975

 

Greek Letter Societies Series II: 1920s-2005 (bulk 1930-1960)

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series documents Greek letter societies at SJSU, and includes materials such as Ero Sophian alumni books, Alpha Phi Omega announcements, an Omega Nu journal publication, a booklet celebrating Alpha Lambda Delta's fifty-year anniversary in 1974, Iota Sigma Phi correspondence, and Episilon Phi Tau fraternity programs.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date.
Box 2

Fraternities and Sororities 1920-1989

Box 3

Ero Sophian Society 1947-1973, 2005

Box 4

Miscellaneous Societies 1931-1968

 

Honor Societies Series III: 1930s-1970s (bulk 1930-1940)

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series documents honor societies at SJSU, and includes materials such as the Beta Phi Mu Constitution, Delta Nu Theta/Home Economics Honor Society meeting minutes, handwritten scrolls of the Ista Delta Phi constitution, and Iota Delta Phi invitations to a 1968 Open House event.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date.
Box 5

Delta Nu Theta/Home Economics Honor Society 1930-1949

Box 6

Ista Delta Phi 1932

Box 7

Miscellaneous Honor Societies 1940-1979

Box 8

Beta Phi Mu 1970-1979

 

Other Student Organization Materials Series IV: 1936-2011 (bulk 1957-1967)

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series documents various student organizations at SJSU, and includes materials such as a program for the Vietnamese Scholarship League from 1968, "Religion in Life" week pamphlets created by the College Religious Council in 1956; an English as a Foreign Language Club scrapbook from 1963; English Club scrapbooks and Phelan Contest and Awards records; and a flyer written by the Black Student Union announcing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in 1968.

Arrangement

This series is arranged by organization.
Box 9

Other Student Organizations Scrapbooks

Box 10

Foreign Students Organizations

Box 11

Black Masque Honor Society and English Club Materials 1930-2011