Dr. Sue Earnest Papers

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Collection Description/Finding Aid prepared by Emily Floyd.
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Special Collections & University Archives: Finding Aid Database 12/17/2010
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
URL: http://hobbit.sdsu.edu/archon
Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
Phone: 619-594-6791
Fax: 619-594-0466


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives: Finding Aid Database
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
URL: http://hobbit.sdsu.edu/archon
Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
Phone: 619-594-6791
Fax: 619-594-0466
Creator: Earnest, Sue, 1907-2007
Title: Dr. Sue Earnest Papers
Dates: 1848-2007
Dates: 1925-2007
Quantity: 26.46 linear ft
Abstract: The Dr. Sue Earnest Papers document the career and personal interests of Dr. Sue Earnest at San Diego State University and in the greater San Diego community. The collection highlights in particular Earnest's dissertation research, her career as a professor of speech pathology at San Diego State, her community work following her retirement, as well as her great personal interest in foreign travel. It dates from 1848 to 2007, with the majority of materials dating from 1925-2007, and consists of correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, postcards, photographs, annual reports, theater production scripts and news clippings. The collection consists of two major series, Personal Files and Professional Files. The Personal Files consist of two sub-series: Diary and Scrapbooks and Travel Files. The Professional Files consist of three sub-series Theater Files, Speech Clinic Files and San Diego State Files.
Identification: MS-0454
Language of Materials: The papers are in: English

Biographical Note

Dr. Sue Earnest (nee Wolfer) was born September 19, 1906 in North Dakota. Her family moved to San Diego when she was four, where she spent most of her life. Earnest received a B.A in 1928 from San Diego State College, as well as an M.A. in 1938 and a Ph.D in 1947 from the University of Southern California.
Earnest married her college sweetheart, Lester Earnest, in 1928. After teaching in local elementary schools, Earnest joined the faculty at Memorial Junior High School in 1934 and taught speech, public address, drama and speech therapy. She adapted and produced six plays during the nine years she spent at Memorial Junior High.
Dr. Earnest joined the faculty at San Diego State College in 1947 as an assistant professor in the English and Psychology departments. In 1948 she became an Associate Professor in the Speech Department and made full professor in 1954. The Speech Arts Department encompassed four areas, Dramatic Arts, Speech Communication, Speech Pathology, Audiology, and Telecommunications and Film. From approximately 1959-1965 Earnest held a special leadership role as professor in charge of Speech Pathology and Audiology. She chaired the Speech Arts department in 1959-1960 and then again from 1970 until her retirement in 1973.
Earnest saw the department through two accreditations, and contributed countless hours of service to San Diego State through a variety of campus organizations after her retirement. Earnest founded the Speech and Hearing Clinic and was the director from 1953-1967. Her work and service inspired many who went on to work in the SDSU and San Diego communities.
Earnest's contributions to the community and San Diego State after her retirement in 1973 are numerous. Her direction at the Speech and Hearing Clinic led to the development of a Speech and Hearing Center for the military at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Balboa Park. She was involved in various organizations, serving as president of the SDSU Alumni Association in 1940, of which she was a lifetime board member after 1948. She organized the first pre-1950's class reunion and located over 700 past alumni in the "lost alumni" campaign. The SDSU Alumni and Associates awarded Earnest in 1973 with the Distinguished Alumnus Award and again in 1998 with the Distinguished Alumni Service award.
Her involvement in the Mortar Board began in 1950, and prior to her retirement she was Mortar Board's faculty adviser for five years, facilitating the San Diego State Chapter's association with the National Board. In July 2000 the trustees of the National Mortar Board Foundation awarded Earnest as the sixth Distinguished Lifetime Board Member. In 1985 Earnest spearheaded the establishment of the SDSU Faculty and Staff Retirement Association. She was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Delta (debate), Zeta Phi Eta (speech) and Phi Beta Delta.
Throughout her life, Dr. Earnest traveled the U.S. and all over the world. The list of countries she traveled in include the United States, Australia, Austria, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Sicily, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Yugoslavia, and Indonesia. She passed away on November 8, 2007.

Scope and Contents

The Dr. Sue Earnest Papers document the career and personal interests of Dr. Sue Earnest at San Diego State University and in the greater San Diego community. The collection highlights in particular Earnest's dissertation research, her career as a professor of speech pathology at San Diego State, her community work following her retirement, as well as her great personal interest in foreign travel. It dates from 1848 to 2007, with the majority of materials dating from 1925-2007, and consists of correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, postcards, photographs, annual reports, theater production scripts and news clippings. The collection consists of two major series, Personal Files and Professional Files. The Personal Files consist of two sub-series: Diary and Scrapbooks and Travel Files. The Professional Files consist of three sub-series Theater Files, Speech Clinic Files and San Diego State Files.
The Personal Files (1925-2007) include two sub-series, Diary and Scrapbook (1925-2007), and Travel Files (1948-1990). The Diary and Scrapbook series documents Earnest's school activities and personal life during college; materials are filed in chronological order. Much of the early courtship between Sue and her future husband Lester Earnest is documented as well as Earnest's 100th birthday celebration. Highlights include photographs and correspondence from former colleagues and friends at San Diego State given to Earnest for her 100th birthday. The Travel Files document Earnest's numerous domestic and foreign travels. It includes itineraries, correspondence, photographs, maps, postcards, brochures, three journals, one each from Australia/New Zealand, Japan and Russia. The files are in alphabetical order by country name.
The Professional Files include three sub-series: Theater Files (1848-1950), Naval Hospital Clinic Files (1971-2005), and San Diego State Files (1950-2000). The Theater Files document Earnest's dissertation research on early theater in Southern California. It also documents the productions she adapted and produced while teaching at Memorial Junior High School and the production she co-authored for the California Centennial. The sub-series consists of notecards, photographs, a scrapbook, correspondence, news clippings, original scripts, programs, and sheet music. Notecards are subdivided topically and all materials are alphabetical. The Naval Hospital Clinic Files document Earnest's work with the Speech and Hearing Clinic at the Naval Hospital in Balboa Park and contain a notebook commemorating the opening of the clinic, correspondence, photographs, news clippings and brochures. The San Diego State Files document Earnest's work with the Speech and Hearing Clinic on campus and her work with organizations and associations at San Diego State following her retirement. Included are summaries and reports on the status of the San Diego State University Clinic, correspondence, certificates, awards, vitas, programs, from the Alumni Association, Mortar Board, Homecoming Gala's, pre-1950's reunion, sororities, Friends of the Library and the San Diego State Faculty Retirement Association. San Diego State University Clinic materials are filed alphabetically, organizations and association materials are filed alphabetically.

Arrangement of Materials

I. Personal Files
1. Diary and Scrapbook
2. Travel Files
a. Journals/ Personal Notes
b. Postcards
c. Country files
d. Photographs
II. Professional Files
1. Theater Files
a. Dissertation Research
b. Memorial Junior High Scrapbook
c. Theatrical Production Files
d. News clippings
e. Photographs
2. Naval Hospital Clinic Files
3. San Diego State University Files
a. San Diego State University Speech and Hearing Clinic
b. San Diego State University Organizations and Associations

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Personal Papers
Photographs
Publications

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Information

The materials were acquired by Special Collections & University Archives: Finding Aid Database from Lester Earnest on 03/06/2008.

Accruals

2009, 2010

Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Personal Files

 

Diary and Scrapbook

Box 1, Folder 1

Germany

Box 1

Diary January 1, 1926- July 23, 1927

Box 1

Scrapbook September 19, 2007

Scope and Content Note

100th Birthday Celebration Scrapbook
Box 4, Folder 1

Friends Scrapbook

Box 4, Folder 2

Mortar Board Lunchon for Sue Earnest 1990

Box 4, Folder 3

Sue Earnest Clippings

 

Travel Files

 

Journals and Personal Notes

Box 4, Folder 4

Australia, New Zealand

Box 4, Folder 5

Japan 1979

Box 4, Folder 6

Russia

Box 4, Folder 7

Travel Notecards

Scope and Content Note

Copenhagen, Germany, England, Vienna, Belgium
 

Postcards

 

Country Files

Box 4, Folder 8

Australia, New Zealand 1987

Box 4, Folder 9

Austria 1958, 1966

Box 4, Folder 10

Belgium

Box 4, Folder 11

Beliz

Box 4, Folder 12

China 1979

Box 4, Folder 13

China 1979, 1987

Box 5, Folder 1

China

Box 5, Folder 2

China

Box 5, Folder 3

Denmark

Box 5, Folder 4

Egypt-Africa

Box 5, Folder 5

France

Box 5, Folder 6

France 1965

Box 5, Folder 7

France 1950, 1955, 1966

Box 5, Folder 8

France

Box 5, Folder 9

France

Box 6, Folder 1

Germany 1957, 1959

Box 6, Folder 2

Germany

Box 6, Folder 3

Germany

Box 6, Folder 4

Great Britain 1958

Box 6, Folder 5

Great Britain

Box 6, Folder 6

Great Britain 1958

Box 6, Folder 7

Great Britain 1958

Box 6, Folder 8

Great Britain

Box 6, Folder 9

Great Britain

Box 6, Folder 10

Greece

Box 7, Folder 1

Greece

Box 7, Folder 2

Guatemala

Box 7, Folder 3

Indonesia 1990

Box 7, Folder 4

Indonesia

Box 7, Folder 5

Italy

Box 7, Folder 6

Italy

Box 7, Folder 7

Italy

Box 7, Folder 8

Japan 1955-56

Box 7, Folder 9

Japan 1960

Box 7, Folder 10

Japan 1968

Box 8, Folder 1

Japan

Box 8, Folder 2

Japan 1965

Box 8, Folder 3

Japan 1967-1968

Box 8, Folder 4

Japan 1968

Box 8, Folder 5

Japan 1968

Box 8, Folder 6

Mexico

Box 8, Folder 7

Mexico 1967

Box 8, Folder 8

Norway 1961

Box 8, Folder 9

Netherlands 1966

Box 9, Folder 1

Panama

Box 9, Folder 2

Portugal 1958

Box 9, Folder 3

Spain 1959

Box 9, Folder 4

Sweden 1956

Box 9, Folder 5

Sweden 1956

Box 9, Folder 6

Switzerland 1967

Box 9, Folder 7

Taiwan 1968

Box 9, Folder 8

Turkey 1995

Box 9, Folder 9

United Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) 1983

Box 9, Folder 10

United States of America 1961

Box 9, Folder 11

Yugoslavia 1960

Box 9, Folder 12

Yugoslavia

 

Photographs

Box 9, Folder 13

Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Mai

Box 10, Folder 1

Photographs- Thailand, Bangkok, Chiang Mai

Box 10, Folder 2

Photographs and Negatives - Unidentified

Box 10, Folder 3

Photographs- Yugoslavia, Mexico, Beliz

Box 10, Folder 4

Photographs- Yugoslavia, Mexico, Beliz

Box 10, Folder 5

Photographs- Yugoslavia, Mexico, Beliz

Box 10, Folder 6

Photographs- Yugoslavia, Mexico, Beliz

 

Professional Files

 

Theater Files

 

Dissertation Research

Box 10, Folder 7

Theater buildings, programs and people

Box 10, Folder 8

Theater buildings, programs and people

Box 10, Folder 9

Dissertation Notes

Box 10, Folder 10

Dissertation notes, correspondence and references

Box 10, Folder 11

Dissertation Newsclippings

 

Memorial Junior High Scrapbook

 

Theatrical Production Files

Box 10, Folder 12

Bluebird

Box 10, Folder 13

Bluebird

Box 10, Folder 14

Coppelia

Box 11, Folder 1

Coppelia

Box 11, Folder 2

Forward America

Box 11, Folder 3

Golden Pueblo- Abridged Version

Box 11, Folder 4

Golden Pueblo- Earlier Version

Box 11, Folder 5

Golden Pueblo- Earlier Version

Box 11, Folder 6

Golden Pueblo- Earlier Version

Box 11, Folder 7

Golden Pueblo- Earlier Version

Box 11, Folder 8

The Nutcracker of Nuremberg

Box 11, Folder 9

Paradise Lost

Box 11, Folder 10

Two Years Before the Mast- "Cien Anos" or "Dana Days in San Diego"

Box 11, Folder 11

Winged Victory

Box 11, Folder 12

The Wizard of Oz

 

News Clippings

Box 11, Folder 14

The Doughboy- Memorial Jr. High 1938, 1941-1943

Box 12, Folder 1

Theater Clippings

Box 12, Folder 2

Newsclippings - Union Tribune

 

Photographs

Box 12, Folder 3

Theater Photographs

Box 12, Folder 4

Theater Photographs

Box 12, Folder 5

Theater Photographs

Box 12, Folder 6

Theater Photographs

Box 12, Folder 7

Memorial Junior High 1930s 40s

Box 12, Folder 8

SDSU Theater Photos

Box 12, Folder 9

SDSU Photos

 

Naval Hospital Clinic Files

Box 12, Folder 10

Naval Clinic Scrapbook

 

San Diego State University Files

 

Speech and Hearing Clinic

Box 12, Folder 11

Cleft Palate Script

Box 12, Folder 12

Clinic: 1950

Box 12, Folder 13

Clinic: 1951

Box 12, Folder 14

Clinic: 1953

Box 12, Folder 15

Clinic: 1954

Box 12, Folder 16

Clinic: 1956

Box 12, Folder 17

Clinic: 1957

Box 12, Folder 18

Clinic: 1958

Box 12, Folder 19

Clinic: 1959

Box 13, Folder 1

Clinic: 1960

Box 13, Folder 2

Clinic: 1961

Box 13, Folder 3

Clinic: 1962

Box 13, Folder 4

Clinic: 1962

Box 13, Folder 5

Clinic: 1963

Box 13, Folder 6

Clinic: 1964

Box 13, Folder 7

Speech and Hearing Clinic Procedures Manual

Box 13, Folder 8

Clinic: 1965

Box 13, Folder 9

Clinic: 1966

Box 13, Folder 10

Clinic: 1967

Box 13, Folder 11

Clinic: 1968

Box 13, Folder 12

Clinic: 1969

Box 13, Folder 13

Clinic: 1970

Box 13, Folder 14

Clinic: 1971

Box 13, Folder 15

Banquet, Spring 1972

Box 13, Folder 16

HASA Clinic Auxiliary and ECHO 1973

Box 13, Folder 17

Proposal for a Joint Doctoral Program 1995

Box 13, Folder 18

Fees

Box 13, Folder 19

Speech Department History

Box 13, Folder 20

Speech and Hearing Clinic Procedures Manual

 

Organizations and Associations

Box 14, Folder 1

Alpha Gamma Delta Quarterly January 1950

Box 14, Folder 2

Alpha Gamma Delta 50th Anniversary 1999

Box 14, Folder 3

Alumni and Associates

Box 14, Folder 4

Alumni and Associates

Box 14, Folder 5

Alumni and Associates

Box 14, Folder 6

Alumni and Associates

Box 14, Folder 7

Annuals- SDSU

Box 14, Folder 8

Broca's Club

Box 14, Folder 9

Camino Real- Skull and Dagger 1958

Box 14, Folder 10

Centennial

Box 14, Folder 11

Classical Alliance 1992

Box 14, Folder 12

Day, President Thomas

Box 14, Folder 13

Debaters

Box 14, Folder 14

Distinguished Alumni Service Award

Box 14, Folder 15

Earnest, Sue

Box 14, Folder 16

Earnest, Sue

Box 14, Folder 17

Earnest, Sue

Box 14, Folder 18

Earnest, Sue

Box 15, Folder 1

Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association 1997-1999

Box 15, Folder 2

Gala 1988

Box 15, Folder 3

Gala 1989

Box 15, Folder 4

Gala 1990

Box 15, Folder 5

Gala 1991

Box 15, Folder 6

Gala 1994

Box 15, Folder 7

Gala 1995

Box 15, Folder 8

Gala 1996

Box 15, Folder 9

Golding, Brage

Box 15, Folder 10

Gross, George (Mortar Board) 1995

Box 15, Folder 11

Health and Human Services, Music and Dance Faculty

Box 15, Folder 12

Heart's Desire

Box 15, Folder 13

Homecoming 1978

Box 15, Folder 14

Homecoming 1979

Box 15, Folder 15

Homecoming 1980

Box 15, Folder 16

Homecoming 1981

Box 15, Folder 17

Homecoming 1982

Box 15, Folder 18

Homecoming 1983

Box 15, Folder 19

Homecoming 1984

Box 15, Folder 20

Homecoming 1985

Box 15, Folder 21

Homecoming 1986

Box 15, Folder 22

Homecoming 1987

Box 15, Folder 23

Homecoming 1988

Box 15, Folder 24

Homecoming 1989

Box 15, Folder 25

Homecoming 1990

Box 15, Folder 26

Homecoming 1991

Box 15, Folder 27

Homecoming 1993

Box 15, Folder 28

Homecoming 1994

Box 15, Folder 29

Homecoming 1995

Box 15, Folder 30

Homecoming 1996

Box 16, Folder 1

Homecoming 2000

Box 16, Folder 2

Junior Aztecs

Box 16, Folder 3

Library SDSU 1985-86, 1991-94, 1996-97

Box 16, Folder 4

Maps

Box 16, Folder 5

Monty 1984

Box 16, Folder 6

Monty 2000

Box 16, Folder 7

Mortar Board

Box 16, Folder 8

Mortar Board- Alumni Activities 1985, 1987-88, 1990-95, 1997

Box 16, Folder 9

Mortar Board, by year

Box 16, Folder 10

Mortar Board, Constitution 1982-85

Box 16, Folder 11

Mortar Board, Current 1996

Box 16, Folder 12

Mortar Board, Forum 1990, 1998-2004

Box 16, Folder 13

Mortar Board Honorary Membership

Box 17, Folder 1

Mortar Board, Faculty Staff Award 1988, 1990-93, 2000-2003

Box 17, Folder 2

Mortar Board Minutes 1989, 1991-92

Box 17, Folder 3

Mortar Board, Earnest, Service Award 1965, 1988-90

Box 17, Folder 4

Mortar Board National Office 1990-91, 2004

Box 17, Folder 5

Mortar Board VIP's 1991

Box 17, Folder 6

People 1987-88, 1992, 1996-98, 2000

Box 17, Folder 7

Phi Beta Delta (international) 1987, 1990-92

Box 17, Folder 8

Phi Beta Kappa Epsilion 1992, 1997

Box 17, Folder 9

Phi Beta Kappa Nu 1976, 1982, 1986, 1990-93, 1996-97

Box 17, Folder 10

Phi Kappa Phi 1974

Box 17, Folder 11

Pre-1950s Faculty

Box 17, Folder 12

President's Associates 1993-96

Box 17, Folder 13

President's Council

Box 17, Folder 14

Rowing Team, Photographs and Negatives

Box 17, Folder 15

SDSU Merits 1990, 1994

Box 17, Folder 16

SDSU Faculty- Staff Retirement Association 1985, 1987-88

Box 17, Folder 17

SDSU Women's Association

Box 17, Folder 18

Sororities SDSU

Box 17, Folder 19

SDSU Student Directory 1950-56

Box 18, Folder 1

Student Handbook SDSC 1955-56

Box 18, Folder 2

SDSU Faculty Addresses 1981-91, 1996

Box 18, Folder 3

SDSU History

Box 18, Folder 4

SDSU History

Box 18, Folder 5

SDSU War Memorial

Box 18, Folder 6

Tingley, Katherone 1916-73

Box 18, Folder 7

Trivia

Box 18, Folder 8

Universities, San Diego

Box 18, Folder 9

Vitas (others)

Box 18, Folder 10

Wendling, Aubrey 1992

Box 18, Folder 11

Yearbook Lists

Box 18, Folder 12

Yearbook Lists

Box 18, Folder 13

Yearbook Lists

Box 19, Folder 1

Yearbook Lists