Guide to the Gerald L. French Photograph Collection

SJSU Library Special Collections & Archives
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Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Gerald L. French Photograph Collection

Collection number: MSS-2010-09-20



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


Finding aid funded by the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Processed by:
R. Schuyler Selden
Date Completed:
2010
Encoded by:
R. Schuyler Selden
Reviewed by:
Danelle Moon
© 2010 Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

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

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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.

Collection Contents

 

Series I :  The Gerald L. French Photograph Collection 1958

Physical Description: 1 box

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of the photographic collection of Gerald L. French (B.S. 1960), which document the West Coast Nature School Nature Study studies field trip to Death Valley National Park in the summer of 1958. This small collection of prints, negatives and slides provides a snap-shot view of the activities, events, and the participants as they explored the geology, history, flora and fauna of Death Valley.
The materials in this series consist of 42 black and white ink jet contact prints, 4x5 negatives, and 27 color slides. Images of note include Titus Canyon, the Borax Works, Scotty's Castle, and Ubehebe crater.

Arrangement

This series is arranged by item type.