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San Jose State University Faculty Wives Club Records
MSS-2010-03-02  
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Project Information
  • Organizational History
  • Bibliography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Subject Headings

  • Title: San Jose State University Faculty Wives Club Records
    Dates: 1929-2011
    Collection number: MSS-2010-03-02
    Creator: San José State University
    Collection Size: 10 boxes (24.09 linear feet)
    Repository: San José State University. Library.
    San José, California 95192-0028
    Abstract: The San José State University Faculty Wives Club Records, 1929-1996, document the history of the club over a 60-year period. The collection consists of meeting minutes, financial records, newsletters, and membership rosters. In addition, the collection includes scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, member biographies, photographs, and University Dames Club materials. This collection is arranged into four series: Series I. Administrative Files, 1938-2011; Series II. Subject Files, 1956-1991; Series III. Scrapbooks and Publicity Materials, 1929-2007; and Series IV. University Dames Club Materials, 1960-1974.
    Physical location: Vault 1, Range 25B
    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 Jose State University Faculty Wives Club Records, MSS-2010-03-02 , San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Jeannette Eaton. Finding aid EAD encoded by Jeannette Eaton. 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 San José State University Faculty Wives Club organized in the late 1940s as a means of fostering friendship among the wives of SJSU faculty members. The Faculty Wives Club began by hosting monthly events and activities for its members, such as fashion shows, cooking, and handcrafting. In addition, club members also participated in fundraising efforts for student scholarships. Today, the Faculty Wives Club continues to award three student scholarships of $2,000 each annually.

    Bibliography

    Geslani, Michael. "Faculty Wives Award Three $2,000 Scholarships". Spartan Daily. October 19, 2006.
    Gilbert, Benjamin F. and Charles Burdick. 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/ 
    Walsh, James P. San José State University: An Interpretive History, 1950-2000. San José, California: San José State University, 2003.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The San José State University Faculty Wives Club Records, 1929-2011, documents the history of the club over a 60-year period. The collection consists of meeting minutes, financial records, newsletters, and rosters. In addition, the collection includes scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, member biographies, photographs, and University Dames Club materials.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into four series: Series I. Administrative Files, 1938-2011; Series II. Subject Files, 1956-1991; Series III. Scrapbooks and Publicity Materials, 1929-2007; and Series IV. University Dames Club Materials, 1960-1974.

    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 -- Faculty Wives Club -- History
    San José State University -- University Dames Club -- History
    San José State Teachers College -- History
    San José State College -- History
    California State University, San Jose -- History
    San José State University -- History
    San José State University -- Funds and scholarships
    Women -- Societies and clubs
    Education, Higher -- California -- San José