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Guide to the San José State University Oral History Project Collection
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Series I Oral History Project 2005-2006 2005-2006

Physical Description: 2 Boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This Oral History Project documents the history of SJSU from 1952 to the present. The interviews cover a wide spectrum of subjects from student life, faculty and university governance, policymaking, capital campaigns, and changes in higher education in California. Collectively these interviews document the sweeping social, political and economic changes that shaped American society and which thereby transformed academic life and culture at SJSU. The post-war years offered great prosperity and new opportunities for college students in California. The impact of the Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam War forever changed academics and influenced the development of new programs and disciplines, including the formation of New College (1968-1980), an experimental interdisciplinary school, and new majors in African American Studies, Chicano Studies, Asian American Studies, and Women Studies. Changes in curriculum and the diversity of the student body and faculty led to a watershed that moved the institution forward from a small college to a major metropolitan university. The interviews and specially the account of Reverend Benton White, Professor of Religious Studies, present some of the challenges the university faced in addressing civil rights on campus and in society. Many of the themes from these interviews shed light on student and faculty strikes during the Vietnam War, the Tommy Smith and John Carlos 1968 Olympics controversy, the development of an ombudsman position to address racial discrimination and other social justice issues on campus. The tumult of the Civil Rights Movement and anti-war demonstrations on campus, mirrored other college and university experiences across the United States, yet laid the foundation for a more democratic and diverse institution.

Personal Names

Wanda Blockhus
Jack Douglas
Ruth Jaffe
Lester Lange
Mary Male
Special Education
Brett Melendy
Sam Milioto
Personnel Management
George Moore
James Noah
Lela Nobel
Political Science
Theodore Norton
Political Science
Jay Pinson
Wiggsey Sivertsen
James Walsh
Reverend Benton White
Religious Studies
Jo Bell Whitlach


This series is arranged alphabetically by Interviewee
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Interviewee Agreement/Signed "2005-2006"

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Interviewee Correspondence "2005-2006"

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Interviewee Resume/CV "2005-2006"

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Photographs "1992" "1995" "2005"

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Staff Correspondence "2005-2006"

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Transcripts "2005-2006"

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Blockhurs, Wanda "March 07, 2006"

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Douglas, Jack "March 14, 2006"

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Jaffe, Ruth "February 22, 2006"

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Lange, Lester "January 27, 2006"

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Male, Mary "February 12, 2006"

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Melendy, Brett "February 27, 2006"

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Milioto, Sam "February 22, 2006"

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Moore, George "March 01, 2006"

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Noah, James "February 25, 2006"

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Nobel, Lela "February 27, 2006"

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Norton, Theodore "March 03, 2006"

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Pinson, Jay "March 07, 2006"

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Sivertsen, Wiggsey "November 30, 2006"

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Walsh, James "October 12, 2005"

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White, Benton (Reverend) "April 26, 2006"

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Whitlach, Jo Bell "February 22, 2006"

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Transcripts-Audio Tapes "2005-2006"