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San José State University Office of the Vice President Records
MSS-2009-04-02  
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Description
The SJSU Office of the Vice President Records, 1953-1994 (bulk 1961-1972) consist of administrative files, admissions issues, committee meeting notes, correspondence, departmental evaluations, informational pamphlets, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The bulk of these records document the impact of the civil rights movement and the anti-war protests on campus life in the 1960s and 1970s. Of note, the records document the administration's response to race relations and anti-war protests and include research materials related to the campus from other local and national colleges. This collection is arranged into one series: Series I: Administrative Records, 1953-1994 (bulk 1961-1972).
Background
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.
Extent
22 Paige boxes (27.5 linear feet)
Restrictions
Copyright is assigned to the San José State University 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.
Availability
The collection is open for research, however, all materials in boxes 15, 20, and 22 are restricted.