Scope and Content of Collection
Title: San Jose State College Football Film Collection
Collection number: MSS-2010-07-09
San Jose State College
11.2 linear feet
San José State University. Library.
San José, California 95192-0028
Abstract: The San Jose State College Football Film Collection, 1968-1972 documents the games the San Jose Spartans played against rival
universities in the intercollegiate bowls during the 1968-1972 seasons as well as scrimmages. The records consist of reel-to-reel
film and DVDs. The DVDs are open to research, but the original reel-to-reel film is restricted. The collection is arranged
into two series: Series I. Football DVDs, 1968-1972; and Series II Football Reel-to-Reel Tapes, 1968-1972.
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Languages represented in the collection:
The DVDs are open to research, but the original reel-to-reel film is restricted.
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.
The San Jose State College Football Film Collection, MSS-2010-07-09, San José State University Library Special Collections
Collection processed by Lisa Zakharova. Finding aid EAD encoded by Lisa Zakharova. Reviewed by Danelle Moon.
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.
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
Scope and Content of Collection
Early accounts indicate that the San Jose State Normal School football program organized as early as 1893, with the first
intercollegiate game taking place in 1895. The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) defeated the Normal School 18-0 in
1893, when male enrollment numbered about 40. In 1935, San Jose Normal School was renamed San Jose State College. By the 1930s
and 1940s, the Spartans became a powerhouse, winning eight conference championships over an 18-year span. In addition, the
San Jose State College team had just arrived in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. The team subsequently
volunteered to assist the Honolulu Police Department maintain order on the island, as there was fear of an invasion by Japanese
armed forces. The first bowl game was in 1947, when the team defeated Utah State 20-0 in the Raisin Bowl. The SJSU football
team's most recent bowl game was in 2006, when they defeated the University of New Mexico at the New Mexico Bowl, 20-12. In
2004, SJSU installed the Jeff Garcia Hall of Champions near Spartan Stadium in San Jose. The Hall of Champions includes the
memorabilia of SJSU Hall of Fame athletes and coaches such as Bill Walsh, the three-time Super Bowl winning coach for the
San Francisco 49ers and former player and coach of the San Jose State College Spartans. SJSU celebrated its intercollegiate
centennial in 1995, and is a Division I member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, participating in the Western
This collection is arranged into two series: Series I. Football DVDs, 1968-1972; and Series II. Football Reel-to-Reel Film,
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
San Jose State University -- Football -- History
San Jose State University-- History
Education, Higher -- California -- San Jose
Film -- Football
Guide to the San Jose State University Football Programs Collection San Jose State University Special Collections, 2009. http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt3x0nf1kk/
San Jose State University.
About SJSU. http://www.sjsu.edu/about_sjsu/
Walsh, James P. San Jose, California: San Jose State University, 2003.
San Jose State University: An Interpretive History, 1950-2000. San Jose, California: San Jose State University, 2003.