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Locke (Sarah) Family Papers
MSS.2008.06.01  
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Family Papers and Photographs Series I: 1865-2004

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/.

Arrangement

This series is arranged in two sub-series: Sarah Locke Papers and Shirley Orpha Smith. 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.
 

Sarah Locke Papers 1865-1936

Box 1, Folder 1

"A Popular California Flora" (Book) 1880

Box 1, Folder 2

Historical Sketch of the State Normal School at San Jose, California" (Book) 1889

Box 1, Folder 3

Journals and Notes 1876, 1879

Box 1, Folder 4

Photographs on CDR 1865-1936

Box 1, Folder 5

Sarah Locke-Smith and Family Photographs circa 1865-1930

Box 1, Folder 6

Sarah Locke-Smith Photographs 1879-1936

Box 1, Folder 7

Postcard of Tower Hall 1936

 

Shirley Orpha Smith Papers 1947-2004

Box 1, Folder 8

Copy Diploma 1947-1948

Box 1, Folder 9

Graduation and Miscellaneous Photographs of Shirley Smith 1947-1948

Box 1, Folder 10

Occupational Therapy School Patches and Cap 1947-1948

Box 1, Folder 11

Locke Family Genealogy 2004

 

Memorabilia Series II: 1880-1969

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

Framed Photograph of Sarah Locke circa 1880

Box 2

Autograph Book circa 1880

Box 2

California State Normal School Commencement Program 1880

Box 2

"Is it Worthwhile" Essay 1880

Box 2

Letter from Mildred Smith 1969

Box 2

San Jose Normal School Index Record Card 1880-1906

 

Silk Dress Series III: circa 1880

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