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Guide to the San José State University Public Relations and Publications Records
MSS-2009-03-11  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Project Information
  • Organizational History
  • Bibliography:
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: San José State University Public Relations and Publications Records
    Dates: 1953-1977
    Bulk Dates: 1961-1970
    Collection number: MSS-2009-03-11
    Creator: San José State University Public Relations and Publications Dept.
    Collection Size: 17 Boxes (20.42 linear feet)
    Repository: San José State University. Library.
    San José, California 95192-0028
    Abstract: The San José State University Public Relations and Publications Records, 1953-1977 (bulk 1961-1970) are comprised primarily of newspaper clippings, press releases, faculty files, and newsletters created by the campus. This collection is arranged into four series: Series I. Faculty Records, 1956-1967; Series II. Newsletters, 1959-1977; Series III. Newspaper Clippings and Press Releases, 1953-1971; and Series IV. Chancellor's Office News Releases, 1965-1967.
    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 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 Public Relations and Publications Records, MSS-2009-03-11, San José State University Library Special Collections and Archives.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Alicia Deadrick. Finding aid EAD encoded by Robert Donahue. 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 Public Relations and Publications was created in 1953 under the leadership of President John T. Wahlquist (1952-1964). The department created and disseminated news releases and announcements to the university community, including specific academic departments and the general public. The Public Relations and Publications Department is now known as San José State University's Office of Public Affairs and it continues to serve as the communication link to the campus and external community.

    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.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The San José State University Public Relations and Publications records, 1953-1977 (bulk 1961-1970) include newspaper clippings, press releases, faculty information with accompanying photographs, budget summaries, and newsletters. Information documenting the 1965-1967 budget crisis is well-represented by files, newspaper clippings, summaries, and press releases. Newspaper clippings and press releases also chronicle the tumult of the late 1960s, including riots, protests, sit-ins, and campus demonstrations. Three newsletters are included in the collection, two of which were produced by San José State: San José State College/University News (1966-1977) and Campus Digest (1969-1971).

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into four series: Series I. Faculty Records, 1956-1967; Series II. Newsletters, 1959-1977; Series III. Newspaper Clippings and Press Releases, 1953-1971; and Series IV. Chancellor's Office Releases, 1965-1967.

    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. Public Relations and Publications Dept. -- History
    San José State University. Public Relations and Publications Dept. -- Records and correspondence
    San José State University -- Public relations
    San José State College -- History
    California State University, San José -- History
    San José State University -- History
    Press releases -- California -- San José
    College publicity -- California -- San José
    Education, Higher -- California -- San José