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San Jose State University Architectural Drawings Collection
MSS.2012.05.07  
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Description
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.
Background
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.
Extent
16.0 folders
Restrictions
Copyright has 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 SJSU 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 purposes.