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Guide to the San José State University Industrial Arts Department Collection
MSS-2009-12-01  
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Table of contents What's This?
  • 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 Industrial Arts Department Collection
    Dates: 1942-1980
    Bulk Dates: 1960-1964
    Collection number: MSS-2009-12-01
    Creator: San José State University
    Collection Size: 2 boxes, 1.75 linear feet
    Repository: San José State University. Library.
    San José, California 95192-0028
    Abstract: The San José State University Industrial Arts Department Collection, 1942-1980 (bulk 1960-1964), includes a variety of materials pertaining to the department's course curriculum, awards received, and works created by students. The collection consists of print and type-written materials along with photographs, postcards, and a handcrafted booklet. Also included is a scrapbook filled with newspaper clippings from the years 1960-1964 chronicling the Industrial Arts Department's move into its new building on campus, photographs of teacher training events, Epsilon Pi Tau ( Rho chapter) event programs, and several complete issues of the Spartan Daily newspaper from 1966 and 1979. This collection is arranged into two series: Series I. Industrial Arts Department Miscellany, 1942-1980; and Series II. Industrial Arts Department Scrapbook, 1957-1979.
    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 Library 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 José State University Industrial Arts Department Collection, MSS-2009-12-01, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Silke Higgins. Finding aid EAD encoded by Silke Higgins. 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.
    The Industrial Arts Department has a long-standing history at San José State University. The San José State College Bulletin for the 1941-1942 school year described the department's primary goal to be the preparation of teachers of industrial arts for elementary and secondary school positions. Special emphasis was placed on training for general shop teaching, as well as the training of students with trade experience for positions that mandated highly specialized instructors. Degree options included a Bachelor of Arts with a major in the field of Industrial Arts, as well as a secondary teaching credential, and a limited credential based on previous experience. During the 1960-1961 semester break, the Industrial Arts Department moved to its new, two-million dollar building on the corner of Ninth and San Fernando Street. The new facility provided ample space and was equipped with the latest advancements in technology.
    In 1966, the Industrial Arts Department came under the umbrella of the Division of Sciences and Applied Arts. While the department's main focus remained unchanged, degree options were extended to include majors of Bachelor of Vocational Education, Business and Industry, and Industrial Design. Additionally, a Master of Arts degree was offered with four graduate program majors, leading to specializations in industrial arts teaching, business and industry careers, industrial design, and supervision or administration in industrial education. Today, the Industrial Arts Department is part of San José State University's School of Art and Design. The department strengths lie in combining traditional training with computer-based professional skills, as well as providing education in integrative design theory and related knowledge. Over the last 30 years, due to its location in Silicon Valley, the program has contributed to the development of the Bay Area as a major international center of Industrial Design.

    Bibliography

    Gilbert, Benjamin F., and Burdick, Charles. Washington Square, 1857-1979: The History of San José State University. San José, California: San José State University, 1980.
    San José State College. Bulletin - Circular of Information and Announcement of Courses, 1941-42. San José, CA: The California States Colleges, 1941.
    San José State College. Bulletin - General Catalog, 1967-68. San José, CA: The California States Colleges, 1967.
    San José State College. Bulletin - General Catalog, 1968-69. San José, CA: The California States Colleges, 1968.
    San José State University. About SJSU. http://www.sjsu.edu/about_sjsu/ 
    San José State University. School of Art and Design - Industrial Design. http://ad.sjsu.edu/ programs/industrialdesign.html 
    Walsh, James P. San José State University: An Interpretive History, 1950-2000. San José, California: San José State University, 2003.

    Related Material

    San José State University Art Department Records, MSS-2009-11-07, 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.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The San José State University Industrial Arts Department Collection, 1942-1980 (bulk 1960-1964), includes a variety of materials pertaining to the department's course curriculum, awards received, and works created by students. The collection consists of print and type-written materials along with photographs, postcards, and a handcrafted booklet. Also included is a scrapbook filled with newspaper clippings from the years 1960-1964 chronicling the Industrial Arts Department's move into its new building on campus, photographs of teacher training events, Epsilon Pi Tau ( Rho chapter) event programs, and several complete issues of the Spartan Daily newspaper from 1966 and 1979.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into two series: Series I. Industrial Arts Department Miscellany, 1942-1980; and Series II. Industrial Arts Department Scrapbook, 1957-1979.

    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 -- Industrial Arts Dept. -- History.
    San José College -- History.
    California State University, San José -- History.
    San José State University -- History.
    Education -- Higher -- California -- San José.
    Art -- California -- San José -- Exhibitions.
    Industrial arts -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- California -- United States.