Guide to the Lowell Clark Pratt Papers MSS.2009.03.26

R. Schuyler Selden
SJSU Special Collections & Archives
© 2010
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0028

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Title: Lowell Clark Pratt Papers
source: Gilbertson, Allan
creator: Pratt, Lowell Clark
Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2009.03.26
Physical Description: 1 Box (0.88 linear feet)
Date (inclusive): 1957-1965
Abstract: The Lowell Clark Pratt Papers, 1959-1963 (bulk 1960-1963) contains personal correspondence written (typed) by Lowell Clark Pratt to his daughter Lucia Gilbertson and her family, a few family photographs, news clippings, and includes excerpts from these letters complied by his grandson, Allan Gilbertson.


The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

Lowell Clark Pratt Papers, MSS-2009-03-26, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

Processing History

Collection processed and finding aid EAD encoded by R. Schuyler Selden. Reviewed by Danelle Moon.

Biography / Organizational History

Lowell C. Pratt (1894-1979) was born in Pomona, California, where he became a "cub" reporter in 1913 and later attended Pomona College. He served in World War I and in 1920 he graduated from the School of Journalism at Columbia University. Pratt began his career in Springfield, Massachusetts, but returned to Pomona, California where he accepted the position as city editor of the Pomona Progress and between 1923-1926 he worked for the Pasadena Star News. In 1926 Pratt bought the Selma Enterprise, which he and his partner sold in 1947. While living in Selma, Pratt was a active member of the community, serving as a president of the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, and the Community Club. He and his wife, Dorothy Louise Pratt, were members in the First Methodist Church. He joined San Jose State College in 1947 where he served as a Director of Public Relations and as an Assistant Professor of Journalism. Pratt later served as the Publications Manager and as faculty advisor to the Theta Xi. In 1965, after 18 years of service, he retired at the age of 70.

Scope and Content

This small collection of personal letters, writen by Pratt to his daughter, covers a wide range of subjects. These typewritten letters are personal in tone, relating daily, national and international events, as well as college life and the interpersonal politics of the San Jose State College staff. Subjects of note include John F. Kennedy's election and assassination, the space race with the Soviet Union, communist speakers on campus and in the San Jose area. Pratt also described the 1960 controversy over the admittance of student St. John Dixon, an African American civil rights protester who had been expelled from Alabama State College.


This collection is arranged by format.

Related Materials

Additional information on the St. John Dixon case can be found in:
San Jose State College Presidential Office Administrative Records, MSS-2009-04-01, Series I, Box 27.
San José State University Library Records, MSS-2009-03-03, Series I, Box 21.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

San Jose State College -- Journalism and Advertising Department -- History
Pratt, Lowell Clark -- Correspondence
Gilbertson, Allan
Pratt, Lowell Clark

Box 1, Folder 1

Newspaper Clippings 1957-1965

Box 1, Folder 2

Letter Excerpts 1959-1963

Box 1, Folder 3

Photographs undated

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence 1959

Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence 1960

Box 1, Folder 6

Correspondence 1961

Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence 1962

Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence 1963