Scope and Content of Collection
Title: San José State University Academic Council Records
Collection number: MSS-2009-02-04
San José State University. Academic Council
(5 linear feet)
San José State University. Library.
San José, California 95192-0028
Abstract: The Academic Council Records, 1961-1972, document the history and administrative responsibilities of the Academic Council,
a precursor to the Academic Senate. The records consist of council budgets, correspondence, meeting minutes, assorted California
State University (CSU) information bulletins, and a CSU faculty morale survey administered in 1972. The collection is arranged
into two series: Series I. Academic Council Meeting Minutes and CSU Information Bulletins, 1961-1972; and Series II. CSU Faculty
Morale Survey, 1972.
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Languages represented in the collection:
The collection is open for research.
Copyright is 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.
San José State University Academic Council Records, MSS-2009-02-04, San José State University Library Special Collections
This finding aid was created as part of the Survey and Cataloging Project, a two-year San José State University Library grant project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The project began in 2008. The Project Director is Danelle Moon. The Project Archivist is Erin Louthen.
Collection processed by Kevin Turner and Mary Ellen Petrich. Finding aid EAD encoded by Mary Ellen Petrich. Reviewed by Danelle Moon and Erin Louthen.
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.
In May of 1952, President John T. Wahlquist (1952-1964) authorized the formation of the Faculty Council against the advice
of former SJSU President Thomas MacQuarrie (1927-1952). The Faculty Council was the first of its kind in the CSU system. Its
purpose was to serve as an official channel between the faculty and the administration. The original membership included 18
members, with 15 faculty representatives. In 1963, the Faculty Council was renamed the Academic Council, and its new charter
described the council as the official representative body of SJSU faculty. Through the years more members were added including
students. In 1970, with 63 members the council was considered to be too large to be effective.
In 1974, the Academic Council became the Academic Senate and adopted a new constitution, with a reduced membership of 37.
As of 2009, the San José State University Academic Senate has 55 members: 36 faculty from seven colleges; the president of
the Associated Students and six other students appointed by the Associated Students; nine administrators including the president,
provost and college deans. The Academic Senate duties consist of formulating university policy and communicating recommendations
to the university president on such matters as faculty affairs, curriculum, instruction, student affairs, finances, and other
matters relevant to the welfare of San José State University.
Gilbert, Benjamin F., and Burdick, Charles.
Washington Square, 1857-1979: The History of San José State University. San José, California: San José State University, 1980.
Walsh, James P.
San José State University: An Interpretive History, 1950-2000. San José, California: San José State University, 2003.
Scope and Content of Collection
The Academic Council Records, 1961-1972, document the history and administrative responsibilities of the Academic Council.
The records consist of council budgets, correspondence, meeting minutes, assorted California State University (CSU) information
bulletins, and a CSU faculty morale survey administered in 1972.
The collection is arranged into two series: Series I. Academic Council Meeting Minutes and CSU Information Bulletins, 1961-1972;
and Series II. CSU Faculty Morale Survey, 1972.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
San José State College. Academic Council -- History
San José State College. Academic Council -- Records and correspondence
San José State University. Academic Senate -- History
San José State College. Faculty Council -- History
San José State University -- History
San José State College -- History
California State University, San José -- History
California State University and Colleges -- History
College teachers -- California -- San José
Universities and colleges -- California -- San José
Teacher morale -- California -- San José
Education, Higher -- California -- San José