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Guide to the San José State University Student Publications Collection
MSS-2009-08-02  
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Project Information
  • Organizational History
  • Bibliography
  • Related Materials
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: San José State University Student Publications Collection
    Dates: 1880-2004
    Bulk Dates: 1960-1990
    Collection number: MSS-2009-08-02
    Creator: San José State University
    Collection Size: 54 boxes, 31.60 linear feet
    Repository: San José State University. Library.
    San José, California 95192-0028
    Abstract: The San José State University Student Publications Collection, 1880-2004 (bulk 1960-1990), documents publications created and written by SJSU students. The collection consists of student-created guides, magazines, newsletters, newspapers, pamphlets, and yearbooks. This collection is arranged into one series: Series I. San José State University Student Publications, 1880-2004 (bulk 1960-1990).
    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 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. Copyright restrictions may 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 Student Publications Collection, MSS-2009-08-02 , San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Alicia Deadrick and Jane Gilvin. Finding aid EAD encoded by Silke Higgins. 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.
    Student publications have been an essential part of campus life at San José State University since its founding. The first student paper was The Acorn, which debuted in 1867. This publication was followed by The Class Paper in 1880, The Normal Index in 1885, and The Normal Pennant in 1898. The Quill, a student literary journal, was initially published in 1925, followed by El Portal in 1932 and Reed Magazine in 1948, which is still published annually.
    Documenting such topics as athletics, student organizations, and social and intellectual activities, SJSU student publications have featured original works such as plays, poetry, short stories, and essays, as well as news reporting and publicity for campus events. Publication formats include literary, feature, and humor magazines, a daily newspaper, club and organization newsletters, and guidebooks on a variety of topics. In addition, many of the publications cover national and international issues, as well as offering a local view of the student population by featuring in-depth profiles of individual students.
    Other prominent SJSU student publications include the feature magazine Lyke (1946-1965), the school yearbook La Torre (1911-1965), and the official campus newspaper, the Spartan Daily (1934-present), which continues to publish a daily issue throughout the academic school year.

    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's Legacy of Poetry. http://www.sjsu.edu/reading/poetry.htm, (accessed December 15, 2009).
    Walsh, James P. San José State University: An Interpretive History, 1950-2000. San José, California: San José State University, 2003.

    Related Materials

    La Torre, LD729.C99 L3
    Spartan Daily, available on microfilm at King Microfilm Lower Level, as well as SJSU Special Collections & Archives.
    Summertimes, LH1.S8 per

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The San José State University Student Publications Collection, 1880-2004 (bulk 1960-1990), documents publications created and written by SJSU students. The collection consists of student-created guides, magazines, newsletters, newspapers, pamphlets, and yearbooks.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into one series: Series I. San José State University Student Publications, 1880-2004 (bulk 1960-1990).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    San Jose State Normal School -- History
    San Jose State Teachers College -- History
    San Jose State College -- History
    California State University, San José -- History
    San José State University -- History
    Education, Higher -- California -- San Jose
    Student Publications -- California -- San Jose -- History