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Guide to the San José State University Aviation Department Records
MSS-2010-06-08  
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Project Information
  • Processing Information
  • Organizational History
  • Bibliography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: San José State University Aviation Department Records
    Dates: 1938-1994
    Bulk Dates: 1951-1976
    Collection number: MSS-2010-06-08
    Creator: San José State University
    Collection Size: 6 boxes, 6.75 linear feet
    Repository: San José State University. Library.
    San José, California 95192-0028
    Abstract: 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).
    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 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.

    Preferred Citation

    San José State University Aviation Department Records, MSS-2010-06-08, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

    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.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Robert Donahue. Finding aid EAD encoded by Robert Donahue. Reviewed by Danelle Moon.

    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 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.
    The San Jose State University Aeronautics Department began in the 1936-1937 school year. At the time it was called the Civil Pilot Training program and was sponsored by the U.S. government in anticipation of World War II. During World War II, the Aeronautics Department was used extensively for training pilots for the war and several of the instructors who taught after 1945 had been involved in aviation. In 1945, the Civil Pilot Training program became the Aeronautics Department and was located in the basement of the San Jose State College Physics Building as part of the Engineering and Mathematics Program. The Aeronautics Department was renamed the Aviation Department in 1988 and in 2001 again was renamed the Aviation and Technology Department.

    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/ 
    Walsh, James P. San José State University: An Interpretive History, 1950-2000. San José, California: San José State University, 2003.
    San José State University. Aviation & Technology Department. http://www.engr.sjsu.edu/avtech/ 

    Scope and Content of Collection

    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.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into a single series: Series I. Aviation Department Records, 1938-1994 (bulk 1951-1976).

    Indexing Terms

    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 Aeronautics Dept. -- History
    San José State University Aviation Dept. -- History
    San José State University -- History
    Education, Higher -- California -- San José
    Aeronautics -- California -- San José