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Guide to the Sarah Locke Family Collection
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The Sarah Locke Family Collection, 1865-2004 (bulk 1879-1948), is a small collection documenting the life of San Jose Normal School graduate Sarah Locke (1879, 1880) and her family. The collection consists of a few books, journals and notes of Sarah Locke (1876, 1879), and a transcription of her diary recording a trip to Yosemite in June of 1879. In addition, there are a few original photographs and collection of digital images of Sarah Locke's ancestors and descendents, and a family genealogy report (2004) that includes the pedigree chart for Sarah Locke and a list of her descendants. The collection also includes a few personal items collected by Shirley Orpha Smith, granddaughter of Sarah Locke Smith. Shirley Orpha Smith completed her B.A. in 1947 and 1948 she received an Occupational Therapy Certificate from San Jose State College.In addition to the donation by Michael Locke Ettington, the Sarah Locke Family Collection also includes a black silk dress that belonged to Sarah Locke and small a box of memorabilia. Mildred Smith, Sarah Locke's daughter donated these materials to the San Jose State University Library in the 1960s. This collection is arranged into three series: Series I: Family Papers and Photographs, 1845-2006; Series II: Sarah Locke Memorabilia, 1880-1969; Series III: Silk Dress, circa 1880.
Sarah Locke Smith was born Sarah Anne Jane Locke on August 5th, 1860, in Lockeford, California (San Joaquin County). Her parents were George Shepley Locke and Susan Lucretia Hammond. Sarah attended the San Jose Normal School in San Jose, California, where she received an elementary education degree in 1879, and May of 1880 she received a secondary education degree, graduating in twenty-first class. During her time at the Normal School, Sarah's interests included botany and poetry. Between the years 1880-1882, Sarah taught in Humboldt County. On December 25, 1882, she married William Thomas Smith, and later the couple moved to Ferndale, California. They had six children, three boys and three girls: Elmer William Smith, 1883; Harry James Smith, 1885; Warren Locke Smith, 1886; Ethel Smith, 1888; Mildred Smith 1891; and Gertrude Smith, 1898. Sarah Locke died on June 19th, 1939 in Ferndale, California.
4 boxes, 6.17 linear feet
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.
The collection is open for research.