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Guide to the San José State University Faculty Papers of H. Brett Melendy
MSS-2009-05-01  
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SERIES I:  Academic Departments 1957-1983

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The material in this series documents the Art, Nursing, Psychology and Science Education Departments. Of special note is a brief history of the Art Department covering the years 1911-1957, written by faculty member Warren Faus for the 1957 San José State University Centennial Celebration. Faus went on to chair the Art Department from 1960-1967, and then served as Dean of the School of Humanities and Arts until his retirement in 1974.

Arrangement

This series is arranged by department.
 

Box 1 Art & Psychology Departments 1957, 1970-1976

 

Box 2 Nursing & Science Education Departments 1976-1983

 

SERIES II:  Academic Senate & the Economics Department 1970-1978

Physical Description: 5 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The material in this series documents the Academic Senate investigation into the 1974 disenfranchisement of the Economics Department by SJSU President John Bunzel (1970-1978). The series includes a copy of the 1975 lawsuit brought against the university by members of the department. This event is also documented in the San José State University Academic Senate Records. Materials related to a 1974 Academic Senate retreat and a 1977-78 evaluation of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies are also included in this series.

Arrangement

This series is arranged by subject.

Access Note

Folder "Review Committee for Dean of Undergraduate Studies 1977-1978" in Box 3 is restricted.
 

Box 3 Academic Senate Retreat & Dean Review 1974-1978

 

Boxes 4-7 Senate Response to Economics Department Disenfranchisement 1970-1976

 

SERIES III:  Business Affairs 1931-1979

Physical Description: 6 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The material in this series documents independent audits conducted on specific campus organizations, including Spartan Shops, Inc., the San José State College Foundation and the Associated Students. State budget process position justification letters and other correspondence related to the budget from 1953-1960 are also included in this series.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically.
 

Boxes 8-10 Audit Reports 1931-1979

 

Box 11 Budget 1953-1960

 

Box 12 Organizational Structure 1945-1958, 1968-1973

 

Box 13 Audit Reports 1955-1979

 

SERIES IV:  California State Departments of Controller, Auditor, Education and Finance 1929-1973

Physical Description: 4 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The material in this series documents the activities of the California State Departments of Controller, Auditor, Education and Finance. The records from the State Department of Education concern the entire California State College system, and contain records of enrollment by geographical area for the years 1933-1955. Reports on the employment status of 1933-1935 graduates with a teaching credential for the state are also included. The State Controller, Auditor and Finance records included here offer data specific to the San José State University campus documenting the years 1929-1973.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically by department, and then chronologically within each folder.
 

Box 14 State Audits of San José State College 1948-1963

 

Box 15 Annual Reports for California State Colleges 1935-1955

 

Box 16 State Teaching Schools Statistical Data 1938-1957

 

Box 17 State Audit of Campus Organizations 1929-1973

 

SERIES V:  California Pioneer Essay Contest & History Department Student Papers 1958-1975

Physical Description: 1 box

Series Scope and Content Summary

The material in this series includes student essays submitted to the California Pioneers of Santa Clara County Historical Essay Contest, as well as papers written for history courses taught by Dr. Benjamin Gilbert. Gilbert and Melendy co-authored The Governors of California: Peter H. Burnett to Edmund G. Brown. Gilbert also wrote Pioneers for One Hundred Years: San José State College, 1857-1957. The California Pioneers of Santa Clara Essay Contest is held yearly.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically by student surname.
 

Box 18 Pioneer Essays & History Department Student Papers 1958-1975

 

SERIES VI:  Faculty Papers 1928-1985

Physical Description: 21 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The material in this series consists of the administrative, personal and research records of H. Brett Melendy, as well as the papers of Math Professor Dr. Marjorie Pickering Filling; Dean of the Business School Dr. Milburn D. Wright; and other retired faculty and staff.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically by professor surname, and then chronologically within each box.

Access Note

Folders "Consultants," "Budgets & Expenses," "In Kind Contribution Completed," "Expenditures Monthly" and "Research Association Correspondence" in Boxes 27 and 28 are restricted.
 

Boxes 19-20 Melendy Academic & Administrative Papers 1964-1988

 

Box 21 Melendy Academic & Personal Papers 1973-1988

 

Boxes 22-23 American Historical Association Newsletter 1974-1988

 

Box 24 Articles, Inscribed 1959-1978

 

Box 25 Bulletin of Chinese Historical Society of America 1969-1980

 

Boxes 26-28 National Endowment for Humanities Grants 1973-1983

 

Box 29 Hawaiian Periodicals 1967-1988

 

Box 30 Melendy Professional & Personal Incoming Correspondence 1966-1988

 

Box 31 Melendy Professional Outgoing Correspondence 1967-1988

 

Boxes 32-33 Melendy Research Correspondence 1964-1988

 

Boxes 34-35 Pickering Filling Papers 1968-1982

 

Box 36 Wright Papers 1933-1981

 

Boxes 37-39 Staff & Faculty Papers 1928-1985

 

SERIES VII:  Miscellaneous University Materials 1971-1984

Physical Description: 1 box

Series Scope and Content Summary

The material in this series documents the Black Masque Honor Society for female undergraduate juniors and seniors, as well as the Presidential Committee for the Future of Education formed by San José State University President John Bunzel (1970-1978) in 1971.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically by format, and then chronologically within each folder.
 

Box 40 Black Masque & Presidential Committee on the Future of Education 1971-1984

 

SERIES VIII:  Ombudsman 1967-1970

Physical Description: 1 box

Series Scope and Content Summary

The San José State University Ombudsman is an impartial party appointed to receive complaints, give information or facilitate communication between students and members of the university community. The position was created by San José State President Robert D. Clark (1964-1969) in the late 1960s in response to student Civil Rights protests. This series documents a particularly controversial time for the university and for the nation, and includes correspondence, press releases and newspaper articles chronicling such events as the Survival Faire, student unrest, and the Tommie Smith and John Carlos Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics. Held on campus, the Survival Faire started as a class project, but became a larger community event to promote environmental awareness, capped by the burial of a car on Earth Day. Also during this time, Dr. William Shockley, well known eugenicist and supporter of sterilization, participated in the program entitled "Black is Becoming." A Nobel Prize winner in 1958, and co-inventor of the transistor and leader in the semi-conductor industry, Shockley spent the last years of his life studying intelligence, race, and eugenics, and believed that science could solve human problems. Needless to say, his views on race and intelligence during the height of the Civil Rights movement created some campus conflict.
This series also contains information documenting the 1968 Olympics, specifically the incident involving Tommie Smith and John Carlos, two participating San José State College athletes. Smith and Carlos raised their arms in a Black Power salute while standing on the winners podium. The act was widely publicized and both men received death threats afterwards. Public response to these and other events that occurred on the San José State University campus during the late 1960s and early 1970s are well-documented in this series.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically.
 

Box 41 Ombudsman Correspondence 1967-1970

 

SERIES IX:  United Professors of California 1971-1982

Physical Description: 11 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The material in this series documents the United Professors of California Union on the San José State University campus. It covers collective bargaining, local union business, membership, payroll deductions, state meetings and political actions.

Arrangement

This series is arranged by subject.

Access Note

Folders "Bank Statements & Checks 1971-1976 (1)," "Bank Statements & Checks 1971-1976 (2)," and "Grievances: Academic Freedom Committee, 1973-1975" in Boxes 42 and 50 and all of Boxes 46-47 are restricted.
 

Box 42 United Professors of California Files 1971-1977

 

Boxes 43-44 Collective Bargaining 1974-1982

 

Box 45 Economics Department & Faculty Conditions 1973-1981

 

Boxes 46-47 Personnel Files 1973-1982

 

Box 48 Local Union Files 1972-1981

 

Box 49 Local Union Membership 1974-1981

 

Box 50 Nomination, Payroll Deductions & Political Actions 1973-1980

 

Box 51 United Professors of California Statewide Meetings & Fliers 1974-1981

 

Box 52 United Professors of California Newspapers & Fliers 1973-1982