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Guide to the First Class of San Jose State Normal School Research Records
MSS-2010-06-11  
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Box 1

Series : I
First Graduates 1822-2009 (bulk 1827-1922)

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of the research files compiled by SJSU Emeritus Professor of History, James P. Walsh for the publication "Tadhg" Lets Change the Subject," published in Back to the Future of Irish Studies; Festschrift for Tadhg Foley, edited by Maureen O'Conner (2009). This research originated from his earlier publication One and the Same: The History of Continuing Education at San Jose State University, 1857-2007.
As Walsh notes in his published article, the first sixteen graduates came to the West during the gold rush era of California. All were single women, with the exception of Annie E. [Sanford] Dubois. The women ranged in age from 17-34, and only three of the graduates were foreign born. All of the students were white, were daytime school teachers, and each attended the Normal School as night students. The first graduate, Ellen Casey graduated at the top of her class. Kate Kennedy, sixth in her class, lobbied for suffrage, unionization, and education. Mary Lynde, ranked thirteen in her class, and had a long career as a school principal, teacher, and writer. She also passed the California State Bar exam and became a practicing lawyer. Miss Lynde was one of only four women practicing law in early California. Mary A. Casebolt ranked second in her class and became a schoolteacher. Mary Louise Tracy ranked twelfth in her class and married Normal School teacher, John Swett, one of the founders of public education in California. Carolyn L. Hunt, number ten in her class, had a 40-year career as a botany and biology teacher. Annie E. Stanford Du Bois was the only married graduate, and despite the discrimination against married female teachers at the time, she had a very successful career as a teacher and as a principal.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged according to the original order established by Professor Walsh. The first sixteen folders are arranged by student class ranking. The last six include additional research files and a the galley proof of the article "Tadhg: Let's Change the Subject."
Box 1, Folder 1

Ellen Casey July 18,1839- March 23, 1925

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 1, Folder 2

Mary A. Casebolt 1838-1888

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 1, Folder 3

Alice T. Baker 1840-1929

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 1, Folder 4

Laura E. Field undated

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 1, Folder 5

Eliza Hawkhurst 1830-1910

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 1, Folder 6

Kate Kennedy May 31, 1827- March 18, 1890

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 1, Folder 7

Lizzie Kennedy December 26, 1837- October 13, 1926

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 1, Folders 8

Adelia B. Kimball February 25, 1839- July 17, 1917

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 1, Folder 9

Mariana Alley Wills 1844-1925

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 1, Folders 10

Caroline L. Hunt 1840- January 21, 1922

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 1, Folder 11

Dorcas S. Prescott. 1830-1889

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 1, Folder 12

Mary Louise Tracey December 8, 1839-

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 1, Folder 13

Mary D. Lynde 1835-1921

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 1, Folders 14

Hannah Marks September 2, 1835- August 4, 1908

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 1, Folder 15

Beatrice Weed 1841-

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 1, Folders 16

Annie E. DuBois 1834-

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 1, Folder 17

Research: Back-up. 2008-2009

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 1, Folder 18

Minns' and Early History 1888-2005

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 1, Folder 19

Minns'> CSU # of grads. 2,621,978 2007

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 1, Folder 20

"Let's Change the Subject" mss Draft March 26, 2008

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 1, Folder 21

Tadhg's festschrift 2009

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 1, Folders 22

Tadhg: "Let's Change the Subject-proofs" November 26, 2009

Physical Description: 1 folder