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Guide to the San José State University Campus Events Collection
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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 Campus Events Collection
    Dates: 1925-2007
    Bulk Dates: 1950-1970
    Collection number: MSS-2010-02-04
    Creator: San José State University
    Collection Size: 10 boxes, 5.92 linear feet
    Repository: San José State University Library
    San José, California 95192-0028
    Abstract: The San José State University Campus Events Collection, 1925-2007 (bulk 1950-1970) documents university and student sponsored events, such as Spardi Gras, Homecoming, and the Centennial and Sesquicentennial celebrations of the university. The records consist of print materials such as scrapbooks, flyers, calendars, newspapers, and brochures. This collection is arranged into two series: Series I. Annual Campus Events and Special Events, 1944-2007 (bulk 1950-1970); and Series II. Miscellaneous Campus Events, 1925-2006 (bulk 1950-1960).
    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 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 given on 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 Campus Events Collection, MSS-2010-02-04, San José State University Library Special Collections and Archives.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Kimberly Koshiyama. Finding aid EAD encoded by 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 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.
    San José State University yearbooks, student handbooks and other event-related materials document a range of campus celebrations and events that took place between 1925-2007. Noteworthy campus events at SJSU include the Spartan Revelries (1930s-1960s), Spardi Gras (1929-1950) and Homecoming Week (1948-present). Spartan Revelries was an all-student college musical event written, produced, and presented entirely by students, and all students on campus were eligible to participate in its production. Another longstanding event in SJSU's past was Spardi Gras. According to the 1926 campus yearbook La Torre, Spardi Gras (or Hobo Day on Washington's Birthday) was "a gala occasion of play, sport, and merrymaking, which met with unprecedented participation by the entire student body, and was later authorized by the Executive Board as an annual event because of its great success." Homecoming Week is still celebrated today on the SJSU campus, and includes events for students and alumni such as a movie festival and a bonfire, and culminates with the annual Homecoming football game in Spartan Stadium. Other significant events covered in this collection include the university's Centennial Celebration in 1957, and the Sesquicentennial Celebration (150th Anniversary) in 2007.

    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 Office of University Relations Records, MSS-2009-03-06, San José State University Library Special Collections and Archives.
    San José State University Archives Photograph Collection, MSS-2006-05-01, San José State University Library Special Collections and Archives.
    San José State University Public Relations and Publications Records, MSS-2009-03-11, San José State University Library Special Collections and Archives.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The San José State University Campus Events Collection, 1925-2007 (bulk 1950-1970) documents university and student sponsored events, such as Spardi Gras, Homecoming, and the Centennial and Sesquicentennial celebrations of the university. The records consist of print materials such as scrapbooks, flyers, calendars, newspapers, and brochures.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into two series: Series I. Annual Campus Events and Special Events, 1932-2007 (bulk 1950-1970); and Series II. Miscellaneous Campus Events, 1925-2007 (bulk 1950-1960).

    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 -- Anniversaries, etc.
    San José State Teachers College -- History.
    San José State College -- History.
    California State University, San José -- History.
    San José State University -- History.
    Education, Higher -- California -- San José.