Guide to the San José State University Office of University Relations Records

SJSU Library Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0028
Phone: (408) 808-2062
Fax: (408) 808-2063
Email: special.collections@sjsu.edu
URL: http://library.sjsu.edu/sjsu-special-collections/sjsu-special-collections-and-archives
© 2009
Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the San José State University Office of University Relations Records

Collection number: MSS-2009-03-06



SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

San José State University

One Washington Square

San José, CA 95192-0087

Phone: (408) 808-2062

Fax: (408) 808-2063

Email: special.collections@sjsu.edu

URL: http://library.sjsu.edu/sjsu-special-collections/sjsu-special-collections-and-archives


Finding aid funded by the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Processed by:
Lynn Sheehy
Date Completed:
2009
Encoded by:
Mary Ellen Petrich
© 2009 Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: San José State University Office of University Relations Records
Dates: 1957-1976
Collection number: MSS-2009-03-06
Creator: San José State University. Office of University Relations
Collection Size: 18 boxes, (22.5 linear feet)
Repository: San José State University. Library.
San José, California 95192-0028
Abstract: The SJSU Office of University Relations Records, 1957-1976, document noteworthy events, activities, and people on the San José State campus over a 20-year time period. The records consist of press and media releases, newspaper clippings, faculty biographical record cards, and photographs. This collection is arranged into two series: Series I. Media Releases and Newspaper Clippings, 1957-1976; and Series II. Faculty Biographical Record Cards, 1965-1971.
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 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. Copyright restrictions also 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 Office of University Relations Records, MSS-2009-03-06, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

Processing History

Collection processed by Lynn Sheehy. Finding aid EAD encoded by Mary Ellen Petrich. 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 Department of Public Affairs is part of the Division of University Advancement, which also includes Alumni Relations, Development and Advancement Operations. Building pride in San José State University and promoting its mission, the public affairs department is committed to telling the university's story through marketing and public relations strategies, coordinated communications and publications, media relations and government and community outreach.

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 University. About SJSU. http://www.sjsu.edu/about_sjsu/ 
Walsh, James P. San José State University: An Interpretive History, 1950-2000. San José, California: San José State University, 2003.

Related Material

SJSU Office of the President, Robert D. Clark Records. SJSU Special Collections & Archives.

Scope and Content of Collection

The SJSU Office of University Relations Records, 1957-1976, document noteworthy events, activities, and people on the San José State campus over a 20-year time period. The records consist of press and media releases, newspaper clippings, faculty biographical record cards, and photographs.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into two series: Series I. Media Releases and Newspaper Clippings, 1957-1976; and Series II. Faculty Biographical Record Cards, 1965-1971.

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. Office of University Relations -- History
San José State University. Office of University Relations -- Records and correspondence
San José State University -- Faculty -- Biography
California State University, San José -- History
San José State University -- History
San José State College -- History
College teachers -- California -- San José
College publicity -- California -- San José
Press releases -- California -- San José
Education, Higher -- California -- San José


Collection Contents

 

Series I:  Media Releases and Newspaper Clippings 1957-1976

Physical Description: 16 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The Office of University Relations was responsible for publicizing events and stories pertaining to campus life. The materials in this series document such newsworthy issues as discrimination charges filed against the university in 1967, the 1968 American Federation of Teachers Strike, and the 1970 campus Survival Faire, as well as President Robert D. Clark's (1964-1969) response to student unrest and campus controversies that occurred in the late 1960s. In addition, this series includes new hire press releases, information about department programs, and the university's Centennial Celebration, as well as how other media agencies viewed San José State campus activities during this particular time period.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by subject and date range.
Box 1

SJSU Centennial Celebration: Correspondence and Activities 1957

Boxes 2-3

Media Releases 1964-1977

Boxes 4

Media Releases 1964-1975

Boxes 5

Media Releases 1972-1975

Boxes 6-9

Media Releases 1973-1976

Boxes 10-11

Media Releases 1974-1976

Boxes 12-13

Media Releases 1975-1976

Boxes 14-16

Media Releases and Newspaper Clippings 1969-1970

 

Series II:  Faculty Biographical Record Cards 1965-1970

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of record cards containing biographical information about San José State faculty members, including previous work experience, education, place of birth, and photographs.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by subject and date range.
Boxes 17-18

Faculty Biographical Record Cards 1965-1970