Guide to the Dr. Robert J. Williams California State Normal Schools Collection, 1881-1943

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Dr. Robert J. Williams California State Normal Schools Collection
Dates: 1881-1943
Identification: URB/CSNS
Creator: Williams, Dr. Robert J.
Physical Description: 2.00 linear feet
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Urban Archives
Abstract: When California State University, Northridge was established in 1957 Dr. Williams came to the Northridge Campus as its first Dean of Admissions, bringing the Normal School Collection with him. The origins of the Normal School in California date back to 1857, when the City Normal School was established in San Francisco. Their purpose was the education of future primary and secondary teachers for the public school systems. The collection is composed of printed catalogs, bulletins, announcements and reports on the State Normal Schools in California from 1881-1930.

Biographical Information:

California State University, Northridge was established in 1956 as a satellite of Los Angeles State College, later becoming an independent campus known as San Fernando Valley State College. Dr. Williams came to the Northridge Campus as its first Dean of Admissions, bringing the Normal School Collection with him. From 1957 until his retirement in 1986, Dr. Williams served as Dean of Admissions, Head of High School and Jr. College Relations. Williams also served as a counselor in the Student Counseling Center.
Normal schools in California date back to 1857, with the establishment of San Francisco's City Normal School. Sessions were held weekly on Monday evenings until the first State Normal School opened its doors in July 1862, at San Jose. This was the fourteenth full-time State Normal School established in the United States. In July 1862, only eight out of the thirty-four states had normal schools. An Act of the California State Legislature on May 2, 1862 appropriated $3,000 for the establishment of State normal schools and support for five months. The primary purpose of normal schools was to educate primary and secondary teachers for public school systems.
The normal school system in California went through a series of name changes. They were known as State Teachers Colleges from 1921 to 1935, when their name was shortened to State Colleges. Several of the original normal school campuses joined the California State University system in the early 1970s.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name:

State Normal School (Calif.)

Genre/Form of Material:

Paper records

Topical Term:

Teachers -- Training of -- California
Teachers colleges -- California

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], [date], Dr. Robert J. Williams California State Normal Schools Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

Related Materials:

Other collections documenting California State University, Northridge's history are available in the University Archives  

Arrangement of Materials:

Series I: California State University System Normal Schools Annual Reports to the Governor, 1881-1888
    Subseries 1: Annual Reports to the Governor of California, 1882-1888
    Subseries 2: Publications, 1894-1896
Series II: California State University Normal Schools Catalogs, Circulars, and Announcements, 1885-1943
    Subseries 1: Fresno State Normal School, 1916-1918
    Subseries 2: Los Angeles Normal School, 1885-1916
    Subseries 3: San Diego State Normal School, 1901-1910
    Subseries 4: San Francisco State Normal School, 1901-1943
    Subseries 5: San Jose State Normal School, 1886-1923
    Subseries 6: San Luis Obispo State Normal School, 1916-1917
    Subseries 7: Santa Barbara State Normal School, 1916-1930
Series III: Non-CSU Normal Schools, 1913-1930
    Subseries 1: College of Agriculture Circulars, University of California, Berkeley, 1913, 1933
    Subseries 2: Columbus Senior High School, Columbus, Indiana

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the Robert J. Williams Normal School Collection is composed of printed catalogs, bulletins, announcements and reports on the State Normal Schools in California from 1881-1930. Included in these materials are Board of Trustee and Campus Presidents' Reports to the Governor, curriculum requirements, class schedules, budgets, and special announcements concerning a variety of local campus subjects. The collection also has printed material on the University of California, Berkeley, College of Agriculture and Columbus High School, Columbus, Indiana. It has been divided into three series: California State University System Normal Schools Annual Reports to the Governor (1881-1910), California State University Normal Schools Catalogs, Circulars, and Announcements (1885-1929), and Non-CSU Normal Schools (1913-1930.)
Series I, California State University System Normal Schools Annual Reports to the Governor, consists of two subseries: Annual Reports to the Governor of California (1882-1888) and Publications (1894-1896). Annual Reports to the Governor of California consists of reports submitted by various boards of trustees in compliance with California State Law requiring the Trustees and Presidents to give an annual report on the general physical and financial condition of the State Normal Schools. Some of the reports are hard bound, while the rest have paper covers. Publications consists of two publications written by Edward T. Pierce, Ph.D., Principal of State Normal School, Los Angeles on teaching and the Normal Schools.
Series II, California State University Normal Schools, Catalogs, Circulars, and Announcements, consists of early publications and other documents from seven state normal schools, each of which had been made a distinct subseries within the collection: Fresno Normal School, Los Angeles Normal School, San Diego Normal School, San Francisco Normal School, San Jose State Normal School, San Luis Obispo California Polytechnic School, and the Santa Barbara State Normal School. Materials are filed alphabetically.
Series III, Non-CSU Normal Schools, consists of early publications and other documents from the University of California, Berkeley's College of Agriculture from 1913-1933 on such topics as the bee industry, and olive cultivation in California, as well as early publications from Columbus Senior High School in Columbus Indiana, especially the Honors program, Foreign Language curriculum, and other materials.

Collection Contents

 

Series I: California State University System Normal Schools Annual Reports to the Governor, 1881-1910

 

Subseries 1: Annual Reports to the Governor of California

Box 1, Folder 1

Report of the Board of Trustees of the State Normal School, for the Year ending June 30, 1882. Sacramento: J.D. Young, Supt. State Printing, 1882

Box 1, Folder 2

Report of the Board of Trustees of the State Normal School, for the Year ending June 30, 1882. Sacramento: J.D. Young, Supt. State Printing, 1882

Box 1, Folder 3

Report of the Board of Trustees of the State Normal School, for the Year ending June 30, 1883 and June 30, 1884. Sacramento: James J. Ayers, Supt. State Printing, 1884

Box 1, Folder 4

Report of the Board of Trustees of the State Normal School, for the Year ending June 30, 1885 and June 30, 1886. Sacramento: James J. Ayers, Supt. State Printing, 1886

Box 1, Folder 5

Report of the Board of Trustees of the State Normal School, for the Year ending June 30, 1887 and June 30, 1888. Sacramento: J.D. Young, Supt. State Printing, 1888

 

Subseries 2: Publications

Box 1, Folder 6

The Teacher and the School; or School Economy by Edward T. Pierce, Pd.D., Sacramento: A. J. Johnston, Supt. State Printing, 1896

Box 1, Folder 7

The Teaching Force: Importance of Normal Schools as a Source of Supply, Edward T. Pierce, Pd.D., California Teachers Association, 27 December 1894

 

Series II: California State University Normal Schools, Catalogs, Circulars, and Announcements, 1885-1929

 

Subseries 1: Fresno State Normal School

Box 1, Folder 8

Announcements, 1916 January 10

Box 1, Folder 9

Circular of Information, 1917-1918

 

Subseries 2: Los Angeles State Normal School

Box 1, Folder 10

Announcements, 1914-1915

Box 1, Folder 11

Bulletin and Announcements, 1915-1916

Box 1, Folder 12

Catalog and Circular, 1885-1886

Box 1, Folder 13

Catalog; Circular, 1891, 1891-1892

Box 1, Folder 14

Catalog; Circular, 1892, 1892-1893

Box 1, Folder 15

Catalog; Circular, 1893, 1893-1894

Box 1, Folder 16

Catalog; Circular, 1894, 1894-1895

Box 1, Folder 17

Catalog; Circular, 1896, 1896-1897

Box 2, Folder 1

Catalog; Circular, 1900, 1900-1901

Box 2, Folder 2

Catalog; Circular, 1904, 1904-1905

Box 2, Folder 3

Catalog; Circular, 1905, 1905-1906

Box 2, Folder 4

Catalog; Circular, 1906, 1906-1907

Box 2, Folder 5

Catalog; Circular, 1907, 1907-1908

Box 2, Folder 6

Catalog; Circular, 1908, 1908-1909

Box 2, Folder 7

Library Handbook, 1915

Box 2, Folder 8

Los Angeles State Normal School Magazine, November 1915

Box 2, Folder 9

Los Angeles State Normal School Magazine, January 1916

Box 2, Folder 10

President's Annual Report, 1913

Box 2, Folder 11

Report of Trustees of State Normal School, Los Angeles, for the Year ending June 30, 1891. Sacramento: A. J. Johnston, Supt. State Printing, 1892

Box 2, Folder 12

Report of Trustees of State Normal School, Los Angeles, for the Two Years ending June 30, 1894. Sacramento: A. J. Johnston, Supt. State Printing, 1894

Box 2, Folder 13

Report of Trustees of State Normal School, Los Angeles, for the Two Years ending June 30, 1891. Sacramento: A. J. Johnston, Supt. State Printing, 1894

Box 2, Folder 14

Report of Trustees of State Normal School, Los Angeles, for the Two Years ending June 30, 1896. Sacramento: A. J. Johnston, Supt. State Printing, 1896

Box 2, Folder 15

Report of Trustees of State Normal School, Los Angeles, for the Two Years ending June 30, 1896. Sacramento: A. J. Johnston, Supt. State Printing, 1896

Box 2, Folder 16

Souvenir Program: Laying of Corner Stone Los Angeles Normal School; November 15, 1913. Sacramento: Friend Wm. Richardson, Supt. State Printing, 1913

Box 2, Folder 17

Student Handbook, 1915

Box 2, Folder 18

A Syllabus and Bibliography of Child Care: With Special Reference to Applied Child Psychology, Charles W. Waddle and William T. Root, Jr., Los Angeles: California State Printing Office, 1915

 

Subseries 3: San Diego State Normal School

Box 2, Folder 19

Catalog; Circular, 1902-1903, 1903-1904

Box 2, Folder 20

Catalog; Circular, 1903-1904, 1904-1905

Box 2, Folder 21

Catalog; Circular, 1904-1905, 1905-1906

Box 2, Folder 22

Catalog; Circular, 1906-1907, 1907-1908

Box 2, Folder 23

Catalog; Circular, 1907-1908, 1908-1909

Box 2, Folder 24

Circular and Announcements, 1901-1902

Box 2, Folder 25

Circular and Announcements, 1902-1903

Box 2, Folder 26

Circular and Announcements: Summer Session, 1910 July 5-August 12

 

Subseries 4: San Francisco State Normal School

Box 3, Folder 1

Announcement, Fall 1926

Box 3, Folder 2

Announcement, 1927-1928

Box 3, Folder 3

Catalog, 1928-1929

Box 3, Folder 4

Circular, 1901-1902

Box 3, Folder 5

Circular, 1910

Box 3, Folder 6

Circular, 1917

Box 3, Folder 7

Circular, 1919

Box 3, Folder 8

Circular: Concerning Admission, 1922

Box 3, Folder 9

Circular: Concerning Training of Teachers for Junior High, 1922

Box 3, Folder 10

Circular: Summer Session, 1921

Box 3, Folder 11

Circular: For Summer Session, 1933

Box 3, Folder 12

Circular: Summer Session, 1934

Box 3, Folder 13

Circular: Summer Session, 1936

Box 3, Folder 14

Commencement Program, 1943 June 11

Box 3, Folder 15

Commencement Program: Ritual of Guild Service

Box 3, Folder 16

Curriculum: No. 42, Exercises in Language, Alexander S. Boulware and Ethel G. Smith, San Francisco: California State Printing Office, 1914

Box 3, Folder 17

Curriculum: No. 81, Exercise Book in American History, P. F. Valentine, San Francisco: California State Printing Office, 1914

Box 3, Folder 18

Curriculum: No. 82, Exercise Book in American History, P. F. Valentine, San Francisco: California State Printing Office, 1914

Box 3, Folder 19

Curriculum: No. 83, Difficulties of History Texts Simply Explained, P. F. Valentine, San Francisco: California State Printing Office, 1914

Box 3, Folder 20

President's Annual Report to the Board of trustees on the State Normal School at San Francisco: The Preparation of Teachers; June 30, 1903, Sacramento: W. W. Shannon. Supt. State Printing, 1903

 

Subseries 5: San Jose State Normal School

Box 3, Folder 21

Bulletin, 1922-1923

Box 3, Folder 22

Catalog, 1886

Box 3, Folder 23

Catalog and Circular, 1891

Box 3, Folder 24

Catalog; Announcements, 1893, 1893-1894

Box 3, Folder 25

Catalog; Announcements, 1894, 1894-1895

Box 3, Folder 26

Catalog; Announcements, 1895-1896

Box 3, Folder 27

Catalog; Announcements, 1896-1897

Box 4, Folder 1

Catalog; Announcements, 1902, 1902-1903

Box 4, Folder 2

Catalog; Announcements, 1904, 1904-1905

Box 4, Folder 3

Historical Sketch of State Normal School at San Jose, California: With a Catalogue of its Graduates and a Record of Their Work for Twenty-Seven Years; Sacramento: J. D. Young, Supt. State Printing, 1889

Box 4, Folder 4

Curriculum: Music Course, Margaret Paige Goodell, Instructor, 1900-1901

Box 4, Folder 5

Report of Trustees of State Normal School, San Jose, for the Years ending June 30, 1891, and June 30, 1892. Sacramento: A. J. Johnston, Supt. State Printing, 1892

Box 4, Folder 6

Report of Trustees of State Normal School, San Jose, for the Years ending June 30, 1894, and June 30, 1896. Sacramento: A. J. Johnston, Supt. State Printing, 1896

Box 4, Folder 7

Report of Trustees of State Normal School, San Jose, for the Years ending June 30, 1899, and June 30, 1900. Sacramento: A. J. Johnston, Supt. State Printing, 1901

 

Subseries 6: San Luis Obispo California Polytechnic School

Box 4, Folder 8

Catalog; Announcements, 1911-1912

 

Subseries 7: Santa Barbara State Normal School

Box 4, Folder 9

Bulletin, 1916

Box 4, Folder 10

Bulletin: Summer Session, 1920

Box 4, Folder 11

Bulletin and Announcement of Courses, 1920-1921

Box 4, Folder 12

Bulletin and Announcement of Courses, 1922-1923

Box 4, Folder 13

Bulletin and Announcement of Courses, 1923-1924

Box 4, Folder 14

Bulletin and Announcement of Courses, 1927-1928

Box 4, Folder 15

Circular and Announcement of Courses, 1929-1930

 

Series III: Non-CSU Normal Schools, 1913-1930

 

Subseries 1: College of Agriculture Circulars, University of California, Berkeley

Box 4, Folder 16

Bulletin No. 555: Economic Aspects of the Bee Industry, Edwin C. Voorhies, Frank E. Todd and J. K. Galbraith, Berkeley: University of California, 1933

Box 4, Folder 17

Circular No. 86: Olives in California, by F. T. Rioletti

Box 4, Folder 18

Circular No. 87: Alfalfa, by Warren T. Clarke

Box 4, Folder 19

Circular No. 92: Infectious Abortion and Sterility in Cows, by C. M. Haring

Box 4, Folder 20

Circular No. 110: Green Manuring in California, by Chas. B. Lipman, December 1913

Box 4, Folder 21

Circular: Routine Soil Examinations, by C. B. Lipman, December 1913

 

Subseries 2: Columbus Senior High School, Columbus, Indiana

Box 4, Folder 22

Curriculum: Foreign Language Program

Box 4, Folder 23

Curriculum: Honors Program

Box 4, Folder 24

Curriculum: Program of Studies