This collection consists of a variety of visual materials, primarily photographic prints, depicting the buildings, people,
and events of San José State University, San José, and Santa Clara County.
In 1857 the San Francisco Board of Education established an evening school for current and prospective teachers in the city.
The school became know as the Minns' Evening Normal School, named after the principal, Washington Minns. In 1862, the California
State Legislature formally established Minns' school as the first California State Normal School. The school remained in San
Francisco until the California State Legislature voted to move the Normal School to San José and provided the funds to construct
a new building on Washington Square in San José. The State Normal School moved into temporary quarters in San José in 1871,
and moved into the new building prior to the fall term in 1872.
3 file drawers, 2 oversize flat storage boxes, 7 flat file drawers
15 linear feet
Copyright has not been 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
The collection is open for research.