Guide to the San José State University Student Organization Records

SJSU Library Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0028
Phone: (408) 808-2062
Fax: (408) 808-2063
Email: special.collections@sjsu.edu
URL: http://www.sjlibrary.org/research/special/special_coll/
© 2010
Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the San José State University Student Organization Records

Collection number: MSS-2009-03-09



SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

San José State University

One Washington Square

San José, CA 95192-0028

Phone: (408) 808-2062

Fax: (408) 808-2063

Email: special.collections@sjsu.edu

URL: http://www.sjlibrary.org/research/special/special_coll/


Finding aid funded by the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Processed by:
Alicia Deadrick and Kimberly Koshiyama
Date Completed:
2010
Encoded by:
Robert Donahue and Kimberly Koshiyama
© 2010 Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: San José State University Student Organization Records
Dates: 1920-2011
Bulk Dates: 1930-1940
Collection number: MSS-2009-03-09
Creator: San Jose Staté University
Collection Size: 13 boxes, 9.74 linear feet
Repository: San José State University. Library.
San José, California 95192-0028
Abstract: The San José State University Student Organization Records, 1920-2011 (bulk 1930-1940), document various student body organizations over a 70-year period, such as the Associated Students, the Black Masque Honor Society, the Spartan Programs Committee, and various Panhellenic and honorary fraternities and sororities. The records consist of newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, flyers, programs, scrapbooks, handwritten scrolls, and meeting minutes. This collection is arranged into four series: Series I. Publications and Minutes, 1926-1975; Series II. Greek Letter Societies, 1920s-1980s (bulk 1930-1960); Series III. Honor Societies, 1930s-1970s (bulk 1930-1940); and Series IV. Additional Student Organization Materials, 1936-2011 (bulk 1957-1976).
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 and 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 givenon behalf of the Special Collections and 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 Organization Records, MSS-2009-03-09, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Alicia Deadrick and Kimberly Koshiyama. Finding aid EAD encoded by Robert Donahue and Kimberly Koshiyama. 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 Jose 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.
San José State University has been home to numerous student organizations throughout its 150-year history. SJSU student clubs range from social groups to Greek letter societies, honor societies to academic and major-related clubs, and service and human rights organizations. The Philomathean society is the oldest documented club on campus, with evidence of its existence prior to 1876. Many of the initial Normal School and San José State Teachers College student organizations were related to literary studies, oratory, and Christian missionary work. Panhellenic Greek societies were also present on campus during the nineteenth century, including Chi Epsilon, Kappa Delta, Iota Phi, and Alpha Rho. In addition, an early form of student government, referred to as the Student Body, was established on campus in 1898; it was subsequently renamed Associated Students in 1923. As of 2010, San José State University maintains over 300 active student clubs and organizations, including the service co-ed fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, the Akbayan Pilipino American Organization, the History Club, the Badminton Club, and the Longboarding Club.

Bibliography

Gilbert, Benjamin F, and Charles Burdick. Washington Square, 1857-1979: The History of San José State University. San José : San José State University, 1980.
Nellen, Annette. "Traditions through the years at San José State University." 1999. http://www.cob.sjsu.edu/nellen_a/traditions.htm 
San José State University. About SJSU. http://www.sjsu.edu/about_sjsu/  (accessed 02/17/2010).
Walsh, James P. San José State University: An Interpretive History, 1950-2000. San José: San José State University, 2003.

Related Material

San José State University Associated Students Records, MSS-2009-08-01, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.
San José State University Archives Scrapook Collection, MSS-2010-03-04, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

Scope and Content of Collection

The San José State University Student Organization Records, 1920-1989 (bulk 1930-1940), document various student body organizations over a 70-year period, such as the Associated Students, the Black Masque Honor Society, the Spartan Programs Committee, and various Panhellenic and honorary fraternities and sororities. The records consist of newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, flyers, programs, scrapbooks, handwritten scrolls, and meeting minutes.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into four series: Series I. Publications and Minutes, 1926-1975; Series II. Greek Letter Societies, 1920s-1980s (bulk 1930-1960); Series III. Honor Societies, 1930s-1970s (bulk 1930-1940); and Series IV. Additional Student Organization Materials, 1936-2011 (bulk 1957-1976).

Subject Headings

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
San José State University -- Student Organizations -- History
San José State University -- History
San Joseé State Normal School -- History
San José State Teachers College -- History
San Jose State College -- History
California State University, San José -- History
Education, Higher -- California -- San José
Greek letter societies -- California -- San José
College students -- California -- San José -- Societies, etc.
Students -- Societies, etc.


Collection Contents

 

Series I: Publications and Minutes 1926-1975

Physical Description: 1 box

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of publications, advertisements, fliers, handbooks, and meeting minutes of various SJSU student body organizations, including the Associated Students, Model United Nations of the Pacific West at San Jose State College, the Spartan Programs Committee, and various Panhellenic and honorary fraternities and sororities.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically by student organization.
Box 1

Publications and Minutes 1926-1975

 

Series II: Greek Letter Societies 1920s-1980s (bulk 1930-1960)

Physical Description: 6 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series documents Greek letter societies at SJSU, and includes materials such as Ero Sophian alumni books, Alpha Phi Omega announcements, an Omega Nu journal publication, a booklet celebrating Alpha Lambda Delta's fifty-year anniversary in 1974, Iota Sigma Phi correspondence, and Episilon Phi Tau fraternity programs.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date.
Boxes 2-4

Fraternities and Sororities 1920-1989

Box 5

Alpha Lambda Delta 1920-1989

Box 6

Miscellaneous Societies 1931-1968

Box 7

Ero Sophian Society 1947-1973

 

Series III: Honor Societies 1930s-1970s (bulk 1930-1940)

Physical Description: 4 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series documents honor societies at SJSU, and includes materials such as the Beta Phi Mu Constitution, Delta Nu Theta/Home Economics Honor Society meeting minutes, handwritten scrolls of the Ista Delta Phi constitution, and Iota Delta Phi invitations to a 1968 Open House event.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date.
Box 8

Delta Nu Theta/Home Economics Honor Society 1930-1949

Box 9

Ista Delta Phi 1932

Box 10

Miscellaneous Honor Societies 1940-1979

Box 11

Beta Phi Mu 1970-1979

 

Series IV: Additional Student Organization Materials 1936-2011 (bulk 1957-1976)

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of additional documents and materials from various student organizations at SJSU such as a program for the Vietnamese Scholarship League from 1968, "Religion in Life" week pamphlets created by the College Religious Council in 1956, an English as a Foreign Language Club scrapbook from 1963, and a flyer written by the Black Student Union announcing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in 1968. Also inlcuded are Black Masque Honor Society Materials,1936-2011.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date.
Boxes 12-14

Additional Student Organization Material 1936-2011