The San Jose State University Architectural Drawings Collection documents the contruction of several buildings on the San
Jose State College campus, including: San Jose College Central Library Building, Wahlquist Library, and the California State
Library Faculty Office Building. In addition to library buildings, a plan for the San Jose State College Dormitories, and
the plat plan, a master plan, for the San Jose State Normal School are represented. The drawings represent the various stages
of building design development, ranging from schematic design and visualization (renderings and orthographic representations),
to full sets of construction drawings (blueprints). The format is the typical architectural page spread layout and range in
size from 22x36 to larger formats.
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.
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