Guide to the San José State University School of Library and Information Science 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
© 2010
Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the San José State University School of Library and Information Science Records

Collection number: MSS-2009-12-02

SJSU 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


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

Processed by:
R. Schuyler Selden
Date Completed:
2010
Encoded by:
Rosalinda Gonzales
© 2010 Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: San José State University School of Library and Information Science Records
Dates: 1935-2009
Bulk Dates: 1944-1971
Collection number: MSS-2009-12-02
Creator: San José State University, Special Collections and Archives
Collection Size: 2 boxes (2.18 linear feet)
Repository: San José State University. Library.
San José, California 95192-0028
Abstract: The San José State University School of Library and Information Science Records, 1935-2009 (bulk 1944-1971), document the history of the department over a sixty-year period. The records include flyers for events, general and alumni correspondence, self-assessment reports, annual reports, publications for special events such as the annual breakfast and annual dinner, as well as brochures for conferences and workshops. This collection is arranged into one series: Series I. Administrative Records, 1935-2009 (bulk 1950-1971).
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 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 School of Library and Information Science Records, MSS-2009-12-02, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

Processing Information

Collection processed by R. Schuyler Selden. Finding aid EAD encoded by Rosalinda Gonzales. 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 School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University is the largest accredited library and information science program in the world. The school first began offering a graduate degree in Library Science in 1954. Accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) in 1969 and again in June 2007, it is the only ALA accredited program in the 23-campus California State University system.
The SLIS curriculum has expanded significantly over the past 50 years and the school prides itself on pioneering new ways to educate information professionals, such as fostering global partnerships, creating leadership programs, preparing students to serve diverse communities, embedding technology into their programs, offering a wide range of internships, and building a fully online degree program. The programs include a Gateway Ph.D. Program with Queensland University, an Executive MLIS program, a Master's Degree in Archives and Records Administration (MARA), and standard programs that provide training in public, school, academic, and special libraries, as well as non-traditional settings.

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/ (accessed May 18, 2010).
San José State University. School of Library and Information Science. SLIS History. http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/slis/history.htm (accessed May 18. 2010).
San José State University. School of Library and Information Science. Annual Review, 2009.
Walsh, James P. San José State University: An Interpretive History, 1950-2000. San José, California: San José State University, 2003.

Scope and Content

The San José State University School of Library and Information Science Records, 1935-2009 (bulk 1944-1971), document the history of the department over a sixty-year period. The records include flyers for events, general and alumni correspondence, self-assessment reports and annual reports. The records also consist of publications for special events such as the annual breakfast and annual dinner, as well as brochures for conferences and workshops.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into one series: Series I. Administrative Records, 1935-2009 (bulk 1950-1971).

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. School of Library and Information Science -- History
San José State University -- History
Education, Higher -- California -- San José
California State University, San José -- History
San José State College -- History
San José State Teachers College -- History


Collection Contents

 

Series I:  Administrative Records 1935-2009 (bulk 1950-1971)

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The materials in this series document the administrative history of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) department, including self-assessment reports for presentation to the American Library Association (ALA) Committee on Accreditation, accreditation reports from the ALA, department annual reports, internal and external correspondence, publications for SLIS events such as the annual breakfast, annual dinner, and the summer session program, as well as brochures for conferences and workshops such as "A Workshop in Curriculum Enrichment," "Pattern for Progress," and "Recreation and Leadership Workshop," as well as Alumni Association correspondence. This series also contains two pins related to the SLIS, including a lapel pin of the Bibliophiles, a society formed by library school students that was active in the 1920s and 1930s.

Arrangement

The series is arranged chronologically by date and format.
Box 1

Reports and Correspondence, Accreditation Acknowledgement, 1952-2009

Box 2

Events, Alumni Association Correspondence, 1935-1997