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Guide to the Sarah Locke Family Collection
MSS-2008-06-01  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Project Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biographical History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sarah Locke Family Collection
    Dates: 1865-2004
    Bulk Dates: 1879-1948
    Collection number: MSS-2008-06-01
    Creator: Michael Locke Ettington
    Creator: Mildred Smith
    Collection Size: 4 boxes, 6.17 linear feet
    Repository: San José State University. Library.
    San José, California 95192-0028
    Abstract: 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.
    Physical location: Vault 1, Ranges 20B and 32A
    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

    Sarah Locke Family Collection, MSS-2008-06-01, 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 Jose 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 Danelle Moon and Silke Higgins. Finding aid EAD encoded by Silke Higgins and Rosalinda Gonzales. Reviewed by Danelle Moon and Erin Louthen.

    Biographical History

    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.
    Shirley Orpha Smith, daughter of Warren Locke Smith, was born December 31, 1924. She completed her B.A. in 1947 and received her Occupational Therapy Certificate from San Jose State College in 1948.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Sarah Locke Family Papers is a small collection documenting the life of San Jose State Normal School graduate Sarah Locke (1879, 1880). The bulk of this collection was donated to San Jose State University Special Collections & Archives by the great grandson of Sarah Locke Smith, Michael Locke Ettington. The collection primarily documents Sarah Locke's experiences while attending San Jose State Normal School, and includes a few books, journals and notes (1876, 1879), a transcription of her diary recording a trip to Yosemite in June of 1879. In addition, there are a few original photographs and a collection of digital images that depict 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.
    In addition, the collection 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 in 1948 she received an Occupational Therapy Certificate from San Jose State College.
    In addition to the donation by Michael Locke Ettington, the collection also includes a black silk dress that belonged to Sarah Locke and small a box of memorabilia. Midlred Smith, Sarah Locke's daughter donated these materials to the San Jose State University Library in the 1969.

    Arrangement

    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.

    Indexing Terms

    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 -- History.
    San Jose State Normal School -- History.
    San Jose State teachers College -- History.
    San Jose State College -- History.
    California State University, San Jose -- History.
    Education, Higher -- California -- San Jose.
    Teachers colleges -- California -- San Jose.
    Student life and customs.
    Memorabilia.
    Clothing & dress -- 1880-1890.

    Related Material

    San Jose State Normal School Principals and Early Presidents Records, MSS-2009-02-01, San Jose State University Library Special Collections & Archives.