Guide to Norman O. Gunderson Collection MSS-2012-06-12

Finding aid prepared by Xiaoda Wang


SJSU Special Collections & Archives
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04/17/2013


Title: Norman O. Gunderson Collection
Date (bulk): 1967-1984
Date (inclusive): 1952-2004
Identifier/Call Number: MSS-2012-06-12
Creator: Gunderson, Norman O., 1918-1996
Physical Description: 1.25 linear feet (1 box)
Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Abstract: This collection is comprised of professional materials, periodicals, ephemera, correspondence and photographs documenting Norman O. Gunderson's significant career as dean of School of Engineering at San Jose State University (1955-1970), as director of Masters Degree Program in Cybernetic Systems (1970), and as a legislative and educational consultant to Santa Clara County Director of Transportation after his retirement from academia (1975-1991). The bulk of this collection (1967-1984) contains primary and secondary sources that delineate Norman O. Gunderson’s role in the conception, establishment and expansion of SJSU’s Masters Degree Program in Cybernetic Systems. In 1970, Gunderson resigned as dean to direct the establishment and development of SJSU’s Masters Program in Cybernetic Systems, an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on technology-oriented problem solving methodologies within political, economic, social, and moral systems. Included in these files are curriculum proposals, course description, lecture notes, correspondences, event brochures, newspaper clippings, and compiled course and research readings. Other significant parts of the collection include documents related to Gunderson’s effort to help SJSU School of Engineering obtain its state accreditation to offer graduate degree engineering programs and to provide research opportunities for faculty. The collection also contains personal effects and memorabilia, e.g., awards, honorable mentions, and miscellaneous biographical materials.
Physical Location: Vault 1, Range 30B
Language of Material: English

Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jose 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 purposes.

Preferred Citation

Norman O. Gunderson Collection, MSS-2012-06-12, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Xiaoda Wang. Finding aid created using Archivists' Toolkit. Reviewed by Danelle Moon.

Biographical History

This collection focuses primarily on Norman O. Gunderson’s (1918-1996) academic career at San Jose State University. Born in Laramie, Wyoming in 1918, Gunderson obtained a bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from University of Wyoming in 1939. After graduation, he worked for U.S. Soil Conservation Service Bureau of Reclamation (1939-1941), then he entered U.S. Army and retired as Lieutenant Colonel (1941-1946). In 1942, Gunderson married Bonne Jeane Davis. In 1947, Gunderson received a M.A. in Civil Engineering from University of Wyoming. Immediately afterwards, Gunderson was offered the position as assistant professor of Engineering at San Jose State College. In 1955, Gunderson was promoted to Dean of SJSU School of Engineering. During his tenure, he directed an effort to challenge the state-imposed restrictions on engineering education at the state college level, and successfully helped SJSU School of Engineering obtain its accreditation to offer graduate degree engineering programs and to provide research opportunities for faculty. Notably in 1966-1967 academic year, Gunderson had the honor of inviting and accommodating the incessant futurist and architect Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) as SJSU’s first “Distinguished Scholar in Residence.” In 1970, Gunderson resigned as dean to direct the establishment and development of SJSU’s Masters Program in Cybernetic Systems, an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on technology-oriented problem solving methodologies within political, economic, social, and moral systems, which he had previously conceived during his deanship. After his retirement in 1983, Gunderson served as a legislative and educational consultant for Santa Clara County Transportation and supervised University Fellowship Program.

Bibliography

Gunderson, Norman O. “Cybernetics and Man in the engineering curriculum.” Journal of Engineering Education 56, no. 10 (1996): 362-365.
Gunderson, Norman O. An Oral History Conducted by the San Jose State University Archivist. Conducted by H. Brett Melendy. San Jose, CA: SJSU, 1987.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection is comprised of professional materials, periodicals, ephemera, correspondence and photographs documenting Norman O. Gunderson's significant career as dean of School of Engineering at San Jose State University (1955-1970), as director of Masters Degree Program in Cybernetic Systems (1970), and as a legislative and educational consultant to Santa Clara County Director of Transportation after retirement (1975-1991). The bulk of this collection (1967-1984) contains primary and secondary sources that delineate Norman O. Gunderson’s role in the conception, establishment and expansion of SJSU’s Masters Degree Program in Cybernetic Systems. In 1970, Gunderson resigned as dean to direct the establishment and development of SJSU’s Masters Program in Cybernetic Systems, an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on technology-oriented problem solving methodologies within political, economic, social, and moral systems. Included in these files are curriculum proposals, course description, lecture notes, correspondences, event brochures, newspaper clippings, and compiled course readings. Other significant parts of the collection include documents related to Gunderson’s effort to help SJSU School of Engineering obtain its state accreditation to offer graduate degree engineering programs and to provide research opportunities for faculty. The collection also contains personal effects and memorabilia, e.g., awards, honorable mentions, and miscellaneous biographical materials.

Arrangement

The Norman O. Gunderson Collection is arranged into six series. Series I: Professional Materials, 1962-1991; Series II: Periodicals, 1954-1996; Series III: Correspondence, 1952-2001 (bulk 1980-1987); Series IV: Ephemera, n.d., 1956-1996; Series V: Photographs, n.d., 1961-1968, 1980-1989; Series VI: Biography and Awards, n.d., 1960, 1987-2004.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

San Jose State University. College of Engineering.
Cybernetics –- Research
High technology and education--California--Santa Clara County
San José State University -- Faculty
San José State University-- Curricula--Programs
Santa Clara County Transportation Agency -- history

 

Series I: Professional Materials, Bulk, 1967-1984 1962-1991

Scope and Content of Collection

This series consists of materials related to Norman O. Gunderson’s work at San Jose State University and in Santa Clara County. The bulk contains primary and secondary documents that delineate Norman O. Gunderson’s role in the conception, establishment and expansion of SJSU’s Cybernetic Systems Program. Included in these files are curriculum proposals, course description, lecture notes, and compiled writings about systems analysis.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each subject.
 

Folder 1: Binder I - Cybernetic Systems Course 200, 1977

 

Folder 2-4: Binder II - Cybernetic Systems Course 200, 1979

 

Folder 5-12: Binder III - Various Courses, 1979

 

Folder 13: Course Descriptions, n.d.

 

Folder 14: Course Reader - Cybernetic Systems Course 200, 1973

 

Folder 15: Course Syllabus and Schedule, 1973-1974

 

Folder 16: Cybernetic Systems Program, 1967-1984

 

Folder 17: Cybernetic Systems Program Awards, 1978

 

Folder 18: A Guide to the Cybernetic Systems Program, 1976

 

Folder 19-21: Lecture Slides, n.d.

 

Folder 22: Other Writings on Cybernetic Systems, 1962-1983

 

Folder 23: Reprint of Cybernation and Man, 1965

 

Folder 24: Santa Clara Transportation and Education, 1984-1991

 

Folder 25: School of Engineering, 1967-1981

 

Folder 26: Selected Writings on Cybernetic Systems, 1968-1982

 

Folder 27: A Systems Tools Handbook, 1976

 

Series II: Periodicals, Bulk, 1954-1981 1954-1996

Scope and Content of Collection

This series contains newspaper clippings, newsletters and journals that document Norman O. Gunderson’s public appearances, academic work and achievements.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each subject.
 

Folder 28: Journals and Newsletters, 1954-1981, 1996

 

Folder 29: Newspaper Clippings, 1954-1988

 

Series III: Correspondence, Bulk, 1980-1987 1952-2004

Scope and Content of Collection

This series contains letters written by or to Norman O. Gunderson that are related to his academic and professional pursuits.

Arrangement

This series is arranged in chronological order.
 

Folder 30: Correspondence, Bulk, 1980-1987 1952-2001

 

Series IV: Ephemera, 1956-1996

Scope and Content of Collection

This series contains pamphlets, event programs and invitations, and agendas that Norman O. Gunderson had collected during his career.

Arrangement

This series is arranged in chronological order.
 

Folder 31: Ephemera, n.d., 1956-1996

 

Series V: Photographs, 1961-1968, 1980-1989

Scope and Content of Collection

This series contains photographs that documents Norman O. Gunderson in various stages of his career and after.

Arrangement

This series is arranged in chronological order.
 

Folder 32: Photographs, n.d., 1961-1968, 1980-1989

 

Series VI: Biography and Awards, 1960, 1987-2004

Scope and Content of Collection

This seriess contains timeline, biographical notes, and awards attributed to Norman O. Gunderson.

Arrangement

This series is arranged in chronological order.
 

Folder 33: Biography and Awards, n.d., 1960, 1987-2004