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Guide to the Sarah Locke Family Collection
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Series I:  Family Papers and Photographs, 1845-2004 1914-1918

Physical Description: 1 Box, 11 Folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series documents the history of San Jose State Normal School graduate Sarah Locke Smith (1879, 1880) and San Jose State College (SJSC) graduate, Shirley Orpha Smith (1947). It also includes photographs of Sarah and her husband William, as well as their ancestors and descendents from the 1860s to 1948, and a family genealogy report from 2004. The collection of family photographs documents Sarah Locke Smith and William T. Smith and their immediate family. In addition, there are two small photographic books, and a class photograph of Shirley Orpha Smith's 1947 graduation from San Jose State College, as well as a few SJSC occupational therapy student patches and a hat.
Note that Michael Locke Ettington allowed the department to digitize a small family photo album, but he has retained the original artifact. The digital images are represented in the King Library Special Collections Digital Library at http://digitalcollections.sjlibrary.org/.


This series of family papers is arranged chronologically by date and format.
The materials related to Sarah Locke Smith are located in folders 1-7, and the materials documenting Shirley Orpha Smith are contained in folders 8-10.

Folder 1  Book [1880]


Folder 2  Book [1889]


Folder 3  Journals/notes [1876, 1879]


Folder 4-6  Photographs/CDR [1865-1936]


Folder 7  Postcard of Tower Hall [1936]


Folder 8  Copy Diploma [1947-1948]


Folder 9  Photographs of Shirley Smith [1947-1948]


Folder 10  School Patches/Cap [1947-1948]


Folder 11  Locke Family Genealogy [2004]


Series II:  Memorabilia 1880-1969

Physical Description: 1 Box

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains a framed photograph of Sarah Locke that depicts her wearing the black silk dress contained in Series III. In addition, this series includes a companion autograph book signed by Sarah Locke's class mates, several copies of the 1880 California State Normal School Commencement Program listing Sarah Locke as a graduate, and an essay written by Sarah Locke titled "Is it Worthwhile," discussing the merits of Normal School education. Of special note is a 1969 letter from Mildred Smith, daughter of Sarah Locke, which details aspects of Sarah Locke's personal and professional life as a teacher.

Box 2  Sarah Locke Memorabilia [1880-1969]


Series III:  Silk Dress Circa 1880

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains the black silk dress that Sarah Locke wore during her 1880 commencement ceremony. The dress was donated to San Jose State Normal School by her daughter Mildred Smith.

Box 3-4  Sarah Locke's Black Silk Dress [Circa 1880]