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Guide to the San José State College Academic Deans' Council Records
MSS-2009-03-08  
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing History
  • Project Information:
  • Organizational History
  • Bibliography
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Subject Headings
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: San José State College Academic Deans' Council Records
    Dates: 1956-1964
    Collection number: MSS-2009-03-08
    Creator: San José State College Academic Deans' Council
    Collection Size: 2 boxes (2.5 linear feet)
    Repository: San José State University. Library.
    San José, California 95192-0028
    Abstract: The San José State College Academic Deans' Council Records (1956-1964) document the administrative responsibilities of the Academic Deans' Council. The records consist of new course proposals, council meeting minutes and agendas, curriculum reports, meeting minutes of the College Council, and by-laws for electing faculty representatives. The records also include correspondence from Dean Fred Harcleroad and department heads regarding changes to San José State College's curriculum and academic policies. This collection is arranged into one series: Series I. Administrative Files, 1956-1964.
    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 has not been 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 College Academic Deans' Council Records, MSS-2009-03-08, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

    Processing History

    Collection processed by Thomas Stamps. Finding aid EAD encoded by Mary Ellen Petrich. 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 College Academic Deans' Council was established to consider all matters pertaining to the academic programs of the college and to make recommendations to the President's Council regarding changes to curriculum and academic policy. The Academic Deans' Council is made up of college department heads, with the Dean of the College as the appointed chairman. All new course proposals are submitted to the Academic Deans' Council for approval. The council is also responsible for making recommendations for committees such as the Accreditation Committee and the Commencement Committee.

    Bibliography

    Gilbert, Benjamin F., and Burdick, Charles. Washington Square, 1857-1979: The History of San José State University. San José, California: San José State University, 1980.
    San José State University. About SJSU. http://www.sjsu.edu/about_sjsu/ 
    Walsh, James P. San José State University: An Interpretive History, 1950-2000. San José, California: San José State University, 2003.

    Scope and Content

    The San José State College Academic Deans' Council Records (1956-1964) document the administrative responsibilities of the Academic Deans' Council. The records consist of new course proposals, council meeting minutes and agendas, as well as curriculum reports, meeting minutes of the College Council, and by-laws for electing faculty representatives. In the 1950s and 1960s, San José State College enrollment increased rapidly and a flood of new course proposals were presented to the council to accommodate students' needs. As such, the records document whether new course proposals were approved or denied after consideration from the council. Deans' correspondence related to procedural and other administrative issues can also be found in this collection, such as correspondence from Dean Fred Harcleroad and department heads regarding changes to the curriculum and academic policies.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into one series: Series I. Administrative Files, 1956-1964.

    Subject Headings

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    San José State College. Academic Deans' Council -- History
    San José State College. Academic Deans' Council -- Records and correspondence
    San José State University -- Faculty
    San José State College -- History
    San José State University -- History
    Universities and colleges -- California -- San José -- Faculty
    College teachers -- California -- San José
    Deans (Education) -- California -- San José
    Education, Higher -- California -- San José

    Related Material

    Academic Senate Records. SJSU University Archives Collection.
    Dean of Academic Planning Records. SJSU University Archives Collection. http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt709nf26q 
    Faculty Council Records. SJSU University Archives Collection.