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SJSU Artifacts and Memorabilia Collection
MSS.2011.09.19  
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  • Title: SJSU Artifacts and Memorabilia Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2011.09.19
    Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 8.2 Linear feet, 8 Boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1884-2007
    Abstract: The SJSU Artifacts and Memorabilia Collection consists of three-dimensional objects and printed materials related to the history of the university. Examples include commemorative items such as collector dinner plates, the Tower Hall door key, business cards from the cornerstone laying for the Carnegie Library, gifts, photographic etchings, stamps used by the university library for book processing, and pennants.
    Physical Location: Vault 1, Range 24A.

    Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has been 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 SJSU 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.

    Preferred Citation

    SJSU Artifacts and Memorabilia Collection, MSS-2011-09-19, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Toni Nix, September 19, 2011. Finding aid created in the Archivsts' Toolkit. Reviewed by Danelle Moon.

    Organizational History

    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.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The SJSU Artifacts and Memorabilia Collection consists of three-dimensional objects and printed materials that relate to the history of the university. Examples include commemorative items such as collector dinner plates, the Tower Hall door key, business cards from the cornerstone laying for the Carnegie Library, gifts, photographic etchings, stamps used by the library for book processing, and pennants.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into five series: Series I: University Memorabilia, 1884 - 1969 (Bulk 1884 - 1911); Series II: Heritage Memorabilia, 1902 - 2007 (Bulk 1902); Series III: Imprinting Devices, 1930 - 1932, n.d.; Series IV: University Gifts, 1960-1967; Series V: SJSU Pennants, n.d.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Education, Higher -- California -- San José
    San Jose State Normal School -- History
    San José State University -- History