Guide to the San José State University Library Records

SJSU Library Special Collections and Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0028
Phone: (408) 808-2062
Fax: (408) 808-2063
Email: special.collections@sjsu.edu
URL: http://library.sjsu.edu/sjsu-special-collections/sjsu-special-collections-and-archives
© 2009
Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the San José State University Library Records

Collection number: MSS-2009-03-03



SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

San José State University

One Washington Square

San José, CA 95192-0028

Phone: (408) 808-2062

Fax: (408) 808-2063

Email: special.collections@sjsu.edu

URL: http://library.sjsu.edu/sjsu-special-collections/sjsu-special-collections-and-archives
Processed by
Robert Donahue.
Date Completed:
2009
Encoded by:
Robert Donahue
© 2009 Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

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


Collection Contents

 

Series I:  SJSU University Library Administrative Files 1880-2002 (bulk 1962-1999)

Physical Description: 50 Boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The San José State University Library can trace its origins to the early days of the California State Normal School in the 1860s. The academic library has served students in San José for over a century. The records chronicle the library from its roots as a Normal School library to the university's preparations for the creation of a joint library with the main branch of the San José public library in 2003.
The material in this series contains administrative files, reports, questionnaires, and library statistics. Also included are files pertaining to the St. John Dixon case. Dixon was one of three students expelled from Alabama State University after participating in a sit-in at a white lunch counter. He applied for admission to San José State and was initially denied. President Wahlquist (1952-1964) and advocates for Dixon later managed to obtain the paperwork for Dixon and allow him admission to San José State College.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date range.
Boxes 1-2

Accession Records 1887-1962

Box 3

Handbooks, Pamphlets 1903-1947

Boxes 4-19

General Files 1910-1999

Box 20

California State Library Foundation 1950-1989

Box 21

Administrative Files, St. John Dixon Case 1960-1973

Box 22

OPAC Implementation Committee Files, Library Pamphlets, Renovation Reports 1960-1982

Box 23

Library Newsletters 1960-1966

Boxes 24-25

Periodical Lists 1961-1980

Box 26

New Books Added to College Library 1961-1968

Boxes 27-30

Reports, General Files 1961-1999

Box 31

Library Statistics 1962-1970

Box 32

Memos 1964-1971

Box 33

Minutes and Correspondence of Library Staff 1965-1968

Box 34

CLA, ALA, General Files 1966-1974

Box 35

1982 Opening of New Library 1967-1982

Box 36

General Files, Summer Session 1968-1978

Boxes 37-38

General Files, Questionnaire 1968-1976

Box 39

Bibliographies 1969-1973

Box 40

Resumes, General Files 1973

Boxes 41-43

Library Move Files 1976-1982

Box 44

Details of Clark Library Move in 1982 1980-1984

Box 51

Collection of Library Finder Guides, Normal School Materials 1880-1960

Box 52

Policy Manuals 1970-1998

Box 53

Faculty Status and Salary Material 1976-1984

Box 54

Collection of Annual Reports 1982-1999

Box 55

Various Reports on California State Collegs and San Jose State College 2000-2002

Box 56

Memos and Invitations 1940-1959

 

Series II:  SJSU University Library Blueprints and Architectural Drawings 1916-1973

Physical Description: 6 Boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains blueprints and architectural drawings of the SJSU library from 1916 to 1973. The materials illustrate the various incarnations of the library, which has moved to several different buildings and locations on campus due to the need for expansion throughout the university's 150-year history.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date range.
Box 45

Building Plans, Blueprints 1916-1947

Box 46

Floor Plans, Blueprints of Library North, Central South, and 1940 Library 1940-1953

Boxes 47-48

Blueprints, Architectural Drawings 1949-1961

Box 49

Floor Plans, Blueprints of Library North, Central, South 1961-1963

Box 50

Blueprints, Drawings, General Files 1967-1973