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Guide to the San José State University Library Records
MSS-2009-03-03  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Project Information
  • Organizational History
  • Bibliography
  • Related Material
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: San José State University Library Records
    Dates: 1880-2002
    Bulk Dates: 1962-1999
    Collection number: MSS-2009-03-03
    Creator: San José State University Library
    Collection Size: 56 Boxes 62.89 linear feet
    Repository: San José State University. Library.
    San José, California 95192-0028
    Abstract: The San José State University Library Records (1880-2002 [bulk 1962-1999]) document the administrative and operational functions of the university library. The records consist of reports, blueprints, architectural drawings, and administrative files such as meeting minutes. Also included is student census data and blueprints of the university library. The bulk of the records document the library from 1962 to 1999, but there are historically significant materials from earlier incarnations of the library, such as accession records dating back to the late 1800s. This collection is arranged into two series: Series I. Administrative Files, 1880-2002 (bulk 1962-1999); and Series II. Blueprints and Architectural Drawings, 1916-1973.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright is 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 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

    San José State University Library Records, MSS-2009-03-03, San José State University Library Special Collections and Archives.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed and finding aid EAD encoded by Robert Donahue. Reviewed by Danelle Moon and Erin Louthen.

    Project Information

    This finding aid was created as part of the Survey and Cataloging Project, a two-year San José State University Library grant project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The project began in 2008. The Project Director is Danelle Moon. The Project Archivist is Erin Louthen.

    Organizational History

    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.
    The San José State University Library can trace its origins to the early days of the California State Normal School, which provided funding to purchase books and other materials for a campus library in the 1860s. The first California State Normal School building in San José was completed in 1872, with a new library located on the first floor. The building was destroyed by fire in 1880, but most of the library's 2,000 volumes were saved. Further expansion of the college library occurred in 1942. Construction of a Library Annex followed in 1956, expanding library facilities northward toward the old public Carnegie Library (now the Student Union) at the corner of Fourth and San Fernando Streets. In 1961, the Carnegie Library was destroyed to make room for Library North, a new building.
    In the 1970s many San José State campus buildings were deemed unsafe and were destroyed, including the 1910 library. The Robert D. Clark Library, completed in 1982, became the home to new acquisitions, while older materials remained in the John T. Wahlquist library building. In the early 1990s, SJSU President Robert L. Caret and San José mayor Susan Hammer began negotiations to build a joint university and city library. In 2000, the Wahlquist Library was destroyed to make space for the construction of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on October 20, 2000 and the library opened on August 1, 2003.

    Bibliography

    Gilbert, Benjamin F. and Charles Burdick. Washington Square, 1857-1979: The History of San José State University. San José: San José State University, 1980.
    San José Public Libraries and San José State University Library: Library History. http://www.sjlibrary.org/about/history/index.htm (accessed April 30, 2009).
    San José State University: About SJSU. http://www.sjsu.edu/about_sjsu/ (accessed March 19, 2009).
    Walsh, James P. San José State University: An Interpretive History, 1950-2000. San José: San José State University, 2003.

    Related Material

    Joint Library Files. SJSU University Archives Collection.

    Scope and Content

    The San José State University Library Records (1880-2002 [bulk 1962-1999]) document the administrative and operational functions of the university library. The records consist of reports, blueprints, architectural drawings, and administrative files such as meeting minutes. Also included is student census data and blueprints of the university library. The bulk of the records document the library from 1962 to 1999, but there are historically significant materials from earlier incarnations of the library, such as accession records dating back to the late 1800s. This collection is arranged into two series: Series I. Administrative Files, 1880-1999 (bulk 1962-1999); and Series II. Blueprints and Architectural Drawings, 1916-1973.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into two series: Series I. Administrative Files, 1880-2002 (bulk 1962-1999); and Series II. Blueprints and Architectural Drawings, 1916-1973.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    San José State University--Library--History
    San José State Normal School--History
    San José State Teachers College--History
    San José State College--History
    California State University, San José--History
    San José State University--History
    Education--Higher--California--San José
    Education--California--San José