This collection contains audio tapes
and transcripts documenting the experiences of key
administrators and faculty from San José State University. The
oral histories described, reflect the changes in campus governance,
curriculum and student life from 1952 to the present.
San José State University (SJSU) has the distinction of being the oldest public
institution of higher education on the West Coast. The early history of SJSU began
in 1857 in San Francisco with the formation of the Minns’ Evening Normal School.
The Minns’ Evening Normal School provided the foundation for the formation of the
first California State Normal School in 1862 and firmly established the college and
university system in the state. In 1870 the campus moved from San Francisco to San José.
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