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Guide to the San Jose State Normal School Records
MSS-2010-04-01  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Organizational History
  • Bibliography
  • Related Material
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Subject Headings

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: San Jose State Normal School Records
    Dates: 1860-1990
    Bulk Dates: 1887-1909
    Collection number: MSS-2010-04-01
    Collection Size: 42 boxes, 46.03 linear feet
    Repository: San Jose State University. Library.
    San Jose, California 95192-0028
    Abstract: The San Jose State Normal School Records document the early history and student life of the State Normal School. This collection consists of various types of records: accounting and financial files and ledgers, attendance and achievement records, board meeting minutes, commencement records, diplomas, enrollment statistics, graduate lists, student placements filed in cards and ledgers, teachers class journals, and trustee information, as well as general records pertaining to the daily operation of the school. Also included are a large number of records created by students of the San Jose State Normal School, such as alumni publications, Alpha Phi Omega meeting minutes, class diaries, photo albums, scrapbooks, and sketches. In addition, the collection contains a small number of realia in the form of banners, flags, and the dress of a 1906 Normal School graduate. This collection is arranged into six series: Series I: Administrative and Financial Records, 1861-1932; Series II: Legal Documents, 1870-1936, undated; Series III: Office of the Registrar Records, 1860-1934; Series IV: Students, Faculty, and Alumni Records and Publications, 1863-1927, undated; Series V: Miscellanea, 1871-1990, undated; and Series VI: Textiles, 1881-1921.
    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 Jose State University 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. 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 Jose State Normal School Records, MSS-2010-04-01, San Jose State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Silke Higgins. Finding aid EAD encoded by Silke Higgins. Reviewed by Danelle Moon.

    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 Jose, 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.

    Bibliography

    Gilbert, Benjamin F., and Burdick, Charles. Washington Square, 1857-1979: The History of San Jose State University. San Jose, California: San Jose State University, 1980.
    San Jose State College. Historical Sketch of the State Normal School at San Jose, California, With a Catalogue of its Graduates. Sacramento, California: J. D. Young, supt. State Printing, 1889.
    San Jose State University. About SJSU. http://www.sjsu.edu/about_sjsu/ 
    Walsh, James P. San Jose State University: An Interpretive History, 1950-2000. San Jose, California: San Jose State University, 2003.

    Related Material

    San Jose State Normal School Principals and Early Presidents Records, MSS-2009-02-01, San Jose State University Library Special Collections & Archives.
    San Jose State Normal School Teaching Tools Collection, MSS-2009-02-06, San Jose State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The San Jose State Normal School Records document the early history and student life of the State Normal School. This collection consists of various types of records: accounting and financial files and ledgers, attendance and achievement records, board meeting minutes, commencement records, diplomas, enrollment statistics, graduate lists, student placements filed in cards and ledgers, teachers' class journals, and trustee information, as well as general records pertaining to the daily operation of the school. Also included are a large number of records created by students of the San Jose State Normal School, such as alumni publications, Alpha Phi Omega meeting minutes, class diaries, photo albums, scrapbooks, and sketches. In addition, the collection contains a small number of realia in the form of banners, flags, and the dress of a 1906 Normal School graduate.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into six series: Series I: Administrative and Financial Records, 1861-1932; Series II: Legal Documents, 1870-1936, undated; Series III: Office of the Registrar Records, 1860-1934; Series IV: Students, Faculty, and Alumni Records and Publications, 1863-1927, undated; Series V: Miscellanea, 1871-1990, undated; and Series VI: Textiles, 1881-1921.

    Subject Headings

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Minns' Evening Normal School -- History.
    California State Normal School -- History.
    San Jose State Normal School -- History.
    San Jose State Normal School -- Training School -- History.
    San Jose State Teachers College -- History.
    San Jose State University -- History.
    Education, Higher -- California -- San Jose.