Guide to the San José State University Humanities Department Publications

SJSU Library 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
© 2009
Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the San José State University Humanities Department Publications

Collection number: MSS-2009-11-06



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:
Silke Higgins
Date Completed:
2009
Encoded by:
Silke Higgins
© 2009 Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: San José State University Humanities Department Publications
Dates: 1965-1996
Collection number: MSS-2009-11-06
Creator: San José State University
Collection Size: 1 box, 0.42 linear feet
Repository: San José State University. Library.
San José, California 95192-0028
Abstract: The San José State University Humanities Department Publications, 1965-1996, consist of promotional announcements, posters, brochures, signs, and flyers advertising various events as well as registration and career services. The collection also includes several pieces of internal university communication. The collection is arranged into one series: Series I. Events and Publicity Announcements.
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. Copyright restrictions may 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 Humanities Department Publications, MSS-2009-11-06, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Silke Higgins. Finding aid EAD encoded by Silke Higgins. 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 Humanities Department was created to provide students with an integrated perspective on Western civilization. This perspective has since been expanded to a wider global view in response to developments in technology, world culture and communications. Humanities courses integrate history, literature, philosophy, religion, politics, music and art. The department offers a curriculum that covers the "human experience in aesthetic, creative, literary, and religious realms as well as cultural traditions in major world areas." Students thus develop analytical and expressive skills, the ability to read, write, and think clearly, along with an appreciation of the arts and letters and their role in shaping modern society. Upon graduation, Humanities students pursue a wide variety of occupations, including law, journalism, librarianship, teaching, public service, social work and public relations.

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/ 
San José State University. About the Humanities Department. http://www.sjsu.edu/hum/about/ 
Walsh, James P. San José State University: An Interpretive History, 1950-2000. San José, California: San José State University, 2003.

Scope and Content of Collection

The San José State University Humanities Department Publications, 1965-1996, consist of promotional announcements, posters, brochures, signs, and flyers advertising various events as well as registration and career services. The collection also includes several pieces of internal university communication.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into one series: Series I. Events and Publicity Announcements.

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 University -- Humanities Dept. -- History.
San José State College -- History.
California State University, San José -- History.
San José State University -- History.
Education -- Higher -- California -- San José.
Humanities -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States.
College publications -- California -- San Jose.
Printed emphemera -- California -- San Jose.


Collection Contents

 

Series I:  Events and Publicity Announcements 1965-1996

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of a small collection of flyers, brochures, and posters announcing various Humanities Department events. Notable among them is an invitational brochure detailing an evening on campus with author Toni Morrison in 1987. This series also includes information about registration dates and career events, as well as several pieces of internal departmental communication.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date.
Box: 1

Events and Publicity Announcements 1965-1996