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Guide to the San José State University Aviation Department Records
MSS-2010-06-08  
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Description
The San José State University Aviation Department Records 1938-1994 (bulk 1951-1976), include reports and publications concerning test fuel cells for the aviation department, newspaper articles and publications concerning the San José State University Aviation Department, and the Flying 20, a student flying organization associated with the Aviation Department. Photographs depict the students, faculty, classrooms, and aviation equipment used by the department. Also included in the photographs is a scrapbook of historic photographs featuring famous pilots such as Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, and Sir Charles Kingsford. This collection is arranged into a single series: Series I. Aviation Department Records, 1938-1994 (bulk 1951-1976).
Background
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 Jose, 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.
Extent
6 boxes, 6.75 linear feet
Restrictions
Copyright has been 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.
Availability
The collection is open for research.