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Guide to the San José State University Office of the President, Robert D. Clark Records
MSS-2009-08-03  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Project Information
  • Organizational History
  • Bibliography
  • Related Material
  • Related Collections
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: San José State University Office of the President, Robert D. Clark Records
    Dates: 1953-1969
    Bulk Dates: 1964-1969
    Collection number: MSS-2009-08-03
    Creator: San José State University
    Collection Size: 53 boxes (66.25 linear feet)
    Repository: San José State University. Library.
    San José, California 95192-0028
    Abstract: The Office of the President is the highest administrative office for the campus, reporting to the California State University (CSU) Chancellor and Board of Trustees, respectively. As such, the Office of the President records document the overall policies, practices and procedures of the daily operation of the campus, as well as the interaction with other CSU campuses and with the CSU administration. The Office of the President, Robert D. Clark Records, 1953-1969 (bulk 1964-1969), document Clark's tenure as university president. The records consist of administrative files, correspondence, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, and reports. This collection is arranged into five series: Series I. Administrative Records, 1957-1970 (1967-1969); Series II. Budget Files, 1956-1968 (bulk 1965-1968); Series III. Correspondence, 1964-1969 (bulk 1966-1968); Series IV. CSU Trustees Records, 1964-1969 (bulk 1966-1969); and Series V. Meeting Minutes, 1953-1969 (bulk 1966-1968).
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    San José State University Office of the President, Robert D. Clark Records, MSS-2009-08-03, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Elizabeth Lopez. Finding aid EAD encoded by Mary Ellen Petrich. Reviewed by Danelle Moon and Erin Louthen.

    Project Information

    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.

    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.
    The Office of the President is the highest administrative office for the campus, reporting to the California State University (CSU) Chancellor and Board of Trustees, respectively. As such, the Office of the President records document the overall policies, practices, and procedures of the daily operation of the campus, as well as the interaction with other CSU campuses and with the CSU administration.
    Robert D. Clark was the first president screened and nominated by a representative faculty group at San José State University. Clark was born in Nebraska in 1910, and graduated from Pasadena College in 1931 with a B.A. in English. He taught at Pasadena College while attending the University of Southern California where he earned his M.A. in 1935 and his PhD. in 1946.
    Clark served as president of San José State University from 1964-1969, a period characterized by student unrest, racial tension, and state budget cuts in higher education. During his tenure, Clark emphasized academic excellence, aesthetic beauty, and the institutional improvement of the campus. Clark's vision was reflected through campus projects such as the creation of the experimental interdisciplinary school New College (1968-1980), the renovation of Tower Hall, and the acquisition of the Marine Laboratory facility at Moss Landing.
    Despite the unrest and violence of the 1960s, Clark moved the college forward as a stronger institution, while at the same time showing great empathy for student protests during the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War. Clark's presidency contributed much to the university's curriculum development and set an example for mutual cooperation and community relations. In 1969, Clark resigned from SJSU and accepted a position as president of the University of Oregon, a position he held until his retirement in 1975.

    Bibliography

    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.
    San José State University. About SJSU. http://www.sjsu.edu/about_sjsu/ 
    San José State University. SJSU Presidents. http://www.sjsu.edu/about_sjsu/history/presidents/ 
    University of Oregon. Robert D. Clark Papers Timeline. http://robertdclark.uoregon.edu/Timeline/ 
    Walsh, James P. San José State University: An Interpretive History, 1950-2000. San José, California: San José State University, 2003.

    Related Material

    California State University Board of Trustees Records, MSS-2009-03-10, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives. http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt2199r4s5/ 
    San José State University Oral History Project Collection, MSS-2006-04-01, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives. http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt5d5nd3sj/ 
    San José State College Presidential Office Administrative Records, MSS-2009-04-01, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives. http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt8t1nf3qh/ 
    San José State University Public Relations and Publications Records, MSS-2009-03-11, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives. http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt8779s041/ 

    Related Collections

    Robert D. Clark Papers, 1928-1990, Coll. 285, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon. http://robertdclark.uoregon.edu/ 

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Office of the President is the highest administrative office for the campus, reporting to the California State University (CSU) Chancellor and Board of Trustees, respectively. As such, the Office of the President records document the overall policies, practices and procedures of the daily operation of the campus, as well as the interaction with other CSU campuses and with the CSU administration. The Office of the President, Robert D. Clark Records, 1953-1969 (bulk 1964-1969), document Clark's tenure as university president. The records consist of administrative files, correspondence, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, and reports.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into five series: Series I. Administrative Records, 1957-1970 (1967-1969); Series II. Budget Files, 1956-1968 (bulk 1965-1968); Series III. Correspondence, 1964-1969 (bulk 1966-1968); Series IV. CSU Trustees Records, 1964-1969 (bulk 1966-1969) and Series V. Meeting Minutes, 1953-1969 (bulk 1966-1968).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Clark, Robert D. (Robert Donald), 1910-2005.
    San José State University President's Office -- History.
    San José State University President's Office -- Records and correspondence.
    San José State University -- Athletics Dept. -- History.
    San José State College -- History.
    San José State University -- History.
    Education, Higher -- California -- San José.
    Discrimination in housing -- California -- San José.
    African American students -- California -- San José.
    College presidents -- California -- San José.
    College administrators -- California -- San José.