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Guide to the San José State University Continuing Education Program Records
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Project Information
  • Organizational History
  • Bibliography:
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: San José State University Continuing Education Program Records
    Dates: 1954-1998
    Bulk Dates: 1971-1981
    Collection number: MSS-2009-02-08
    Creator: San José State University Continuing Education Department
    Collection Size: 20 Boxes 16.29 linear feet
    Repository: San José State University. Library.
    San José, California 95192-0028
    Abstract: The San José State University Continuing Education Records (1954-1998 [bulk 1971-1981]) consist of general files, newspaper clippings, fliers, posters, brochures, and handbooks. The materials in the collection offer a glimpse into the activities, classes, and events offered through the Continuing Education program, which also includes Distance Learning, Special Session, and ESL programs. This collection is arranged into a single series: Series I: Continuing Education, 1954-1998 (bulk 1971-1981).
    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


    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 manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    San José State University Continuing Education Program Records, MSS-2009-02-08, San José State University Library Special Collections and Archives.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Robert Donahue. Finding aid EAD encoded by Robert Donahue. 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's Continuing Education program can trace its origins to Professor Charles Mills Gayley, who proposed applying the British model of university extension to California colleges in the early 1890s. In addition, San José Normal School principal James McNaughton foresaw the advantage of a continuing education track during his administrative tenure (1899-1900). However, it was McNaughton's successor, Morris Elmer Dailey (1900-1918), who was responsible for the inception of continuing education at the Normal School via the implementation of a summer session program. Under Dailey's direction, the first summer session occurred in 1903 and enrolled 107 students for a 12-week semester. In 1901 the International Travel Study began as a result of the earthquake damage, which forced the cancellation of summer session at the Normal School. President Dailey organized and led a summer trip to Europe for the students and faculty. The program is known today as International and Extended Studies (IES), and supports such educational extensions as eCampus, professional development, and global studies.
    Throughout its history, SJSU's Continuing Education program has contributed significantly to the overall curriculum, including Distance Learning, Special Session and ESL programs. Targeting college-age students as well as young adults and adult learners, the program continues to to offer high quality programs that meet the diverse needs of the community.


    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 University. About SJSU. http://www.sjsu.edu/about_sjsu/.
    Walsh, James P. One and the Same: The History of Continuing Education at San José State University, 1857-2007. San José, California: San José State University. 2006.
    Walsh, James P. San José State University: An Interpretive History, 1950-2000. San José, California: San José State University. 2003.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The San José State University Continuing Education Program Records (1954-1998 [bulk 1971-1981]) consist of brochures, pamphlets, class descriptions, schedules, and posters pertaining to the Continuing Education program. The records also include materials advertising classes, various student movements and campus events.


    This collection is arranged into a single series: Series I. Continuing Education, 1954-1998 (bulk 1971-1981).

    Indexing Terms

    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--Continuing Education--History
    San José State University--History
    Education--Higher--California--San José
    Education--California--San José
    California State University, San José--History
    San José State College--History