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Guide to the Gerald L. French Photograph Collection
MSS-2010-09-20  
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing History
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Bibliography
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Gerald L. French Photograph Collection
    Dates: 1958
    Collection number: MSS-2010-09-20
    Creator: French, Gerald L.
    Collection Size: 1 box, 1.04 linear feet
    Repository: San José State University. Library.
    San José, California 95192-0028
    Abstract: The Gerald L. French Photograph Collection documents the San Jose State College West Coast Nature School held in Death Valley in 1958. The early field school took place in Big Basin in 1931. Several San Jose State College natural science professors lead the program, which became known as the Field Studies in Natural History program. The program is focused on the study of geology, history, and the flora and fauna of the region. The Field Studies in Natural History program remains an active and popular study program today at SJSU. Gerald L. French, a San Jose State College student, attended the program in 1958. He documented the activities, events, and the participants. The collection consists of 42 black and white ink jet contact prints, 4x5 negatives, and 27 color slides. Images of note include views of Titus Canyon, the Borax Works, Scotty's Castle, and Ubehebe crater.
    Physical location: Vault 2, Range 1B
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has 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

    Gerald L. French Photograph Collection, MSS-2010-09-20 , San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

    Processing History

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

    Biography / Administrative History

    The West Coast Nature School Nature Study began in 1931 and was created by two science department professors, Dr. Hazeltine, instructor of Nature Studies and Dr. Pickwell, professor of Natural Science. The first study site took place at Big Basin State Park in 1931, followed by program sites in Asilomar State Park, Sequoia National Park, Death Valley National Park, and other sites throughout California. This program is currently offered at San Jose State University during the summer session and is called the Field Studies in Natural History. Gerald L. French, a San Jose State College student (BS 1960) photographed the 1958 field trip to Death Valley and in 2008 he donated his collection of contact prints, negative, and slides.

    Scope and Content

    The Gerald L. French Photograph Collection documents the San Jose State College West Coast Nature School held in Death Valley in 1958. The early field school took place in Big Basin in 1931. Several San Jose State College natural science professors lead the program, which became known as the Field Studies in Natural History. The program is focused on the study of geology, history, and the flora and fauna of the region. The Field Studies in Natural History program remains an active and popular study program today at SJSU.
    Gerald L. French, a San Jose State College student (B.S. 1960), attended the program in 1958. He documented the activities, events, and the participants. The collection consists of 42 black and white ink jet contact prints, 4x5 negatives, and 27 color slides. Images of note include views of Titus Canyon, the Borax Works, Scotty's Castle, and Ubehebe crater.

    Arrangement

    This series is arranged by item type.

    Indexing Terms

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

    San José State University. About SJSU. http://www.sjsu.edu/about_sjsu/
    San José State University. Special Session Programs. http://special.sjsu.edu/programs.html

    Related Material

    San José State University Archives Publications Collection, MSS-2010-01-01, San José State University Special Collections and Archives.
    San José State University Student Publications Collection, MSS-2009-08-02, San José State University Special Collections and Archives.