Guide to the San José State University Office of the President, J. Handel Evans Records

SJSU Library Special Collections & Archives
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San José State University
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San José, CA 95192-0028
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Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the San José State University Office of the President, J. Handel Evans Records

Collection number: MSS-2009-07-01

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://library.sjsu.edu/sjsu-special-collections/sjsu-special-collections-and-archives


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

Processed by:
Robert Donahue
Date Completed:
2009
Encoded by:
Mary Ellen Petrich
© 2009 Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: San José State University Office of the President, J. Handel Evans Records
Dates: 1986-1994
Bulk Dates: 1991-1994
Collection number: MSS-2009-07-01
Creator: San José State University. Office of the President
Collection Size: 44 boxes (55.25 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, J. Handel Evans Records, 1986-1994 (bulk 1991-1994), document Evans' tenure as acting university president (1991-1994). The records consist of administrative files, correspondence, records of the development of the CSU, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) campus, located on the former grounds of military base Fort Ord, as well as records relating to the San Carlos Street closure on the SJSU campus. This collection is arranged into three series: Series I. Administrative Records, 1991-1994; Series II. Fort Ord/CSU, Monterey Bay (CSUMB), 1988-1994; and Series III. San Carlos Street Closure, 1986-1994.
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 Office of the President, J. Handel Evans Records, MSS-2009-07-01, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

Processing History

Collection processed by Robert Donahue. 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.
J. Handel Evans (1991-1994) served under SJSU President Gail Fullerton (1978-1991) as vice-president from 1978-1991. Following President Fullerton's retirement, Evans was appointed acting university president, a position he held from 1991 to 1994. During his tenure, Evans concentrated on advancing the university's influence beyond established relationships by building on town and gown opportunities. Evans also played a key role in the development of the CSU, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) campus, located on the former grounds of military base Fort Ord. Acting-President Evans left San José State University in 1994 to become a vice-chancellor for the CSU system. From 1995 to 2001, he served as the planning president for CSU, Channel Islands in Ventura County.

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.
"CSU, Channel Islands 2008-09 Fact Sheet." 2008. http://www.csuci.edu/factsheet/documents/0809CI_Fact_Sheet.pdf 
"San José State University: About SJSU." http://www.sjsu.edu/about_sjsu/ 
Walsh, James P. San José State University: An Interpretive History, 1950-2000. San José: San José State University, 2003.

Related Material

SJSU Office of the President, Gail Fullerton Records, MSS-2009-04-03, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives. http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt096nd8b1/ 

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 SJSU Office of the President, J. Handel Evans Records, 1986-1994 (bulk 1991-1994), document Evans' tenure as acting university president (1991-1994). The records consist of administrative files, correspondence, records of the development of the CSU, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) campus, located on the former grounds of military base Fort Ord, as well as records relating to the San Carlos Street closure on the SJSU campus.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into three series: Series I. Administrative Records, 1991-1994; Series II. Fort Ord/CSU, Monterey Bay (CSUMB), 1988-1994; and Series III. San Carlos Street Closure, 1986-1994.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Evans, J. Handel
San José State University -- President's Office -- History
San José State University -- President's Office -- Records and correspondence
California State University, San José -- History
California State University, Monterey Bay -- History
San José State University -- History
San José State College -- History
Education, Higher -- California -- San José
San Carlos Street (San Jose, Calif.)


Collection Contents

 

Series I:  Administrative Records 1991-1994

Physical Description: 39 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series consists of the administrative records of Acting President J. Handel Evans (1991-1994). As acting president, Evans had multiple responsibilities related to the management of the campus, including admissions, budgetary concerns, outreach, sports, various task forces, and participation as a member of the Academic Senate.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date range.
Box 1

Communications 1991

Box 2

Correspondence with Chancellor 1991-1992

Box 3

Budget 1991-1992

Box 4

State Accounts 1991-1992

Boxes 5-27

Administrative Files 1991-1994

Box 28

Administrative Files, SJSU Foundation 1991-1995

Box 29

Sports and Organizations' Events 1992

Box 30

Services and Offices of Education 1992-1993

Box 31

Admissions and Records 1992-1993

Box 32

President's Task Force, Administrative Files 1992-1994

Box 33

Academic Affairs 1993

Box 34

Board and Committee Meetings 1993

Box 35

Administrative and Services 1993

Box 36

University Management 1993

Box 37

Administrative Files, Academic Senate 1993-1994

Box 38

General Meetings 1994

Box 39

Meetings and Events 1994

 

Series II:  Fort ORD/CSU, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) 1988-1994

Physical Description: 4 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The Fort Ord military base, located in Monterey Bay, was marked for closure in 1991 after decades of service. Acting President Evans (1991-1994) played a significant role in developing a new college in the CSU system on this site. As result, the CSU, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) campus opened in July 1994.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date range.
Boxes 40-42

Fort Ord 1988-1994

Box 43

Creation of CSUMB at Fort Ord 1991-1994

 

Series III:  San Carlos Street Closure 1986-1994

Physical Description: 1 box

Series Scope and Content Summary

Acting President Evans (1991-1994) continued the work of his predecessor, President Gail Fullerton (1978-1991), to complete the street closure of San Carlos Street which originally ran through the university, bisecting the campus in half. The San José City Council initially wanted to downgrade San Carlos Street to a smaller road, but President Fullerton and then-Executive Vice President J. Handel Evans persuaded the Council to close the portion of the road running through campus. The project began in 1994 and was completed in 1996. Today, San Carlos Street is a decorated walkway through the campus, with the street existing in two segments on either side of San José State University.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date range.
Box 44

San Carlos Street Closure 1986-1994