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Benjamin F. Gilbert Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Benjamin F. Gilbert Papers
    Dates: 1940-1985
    Collection Number: 1994-114
    Creator/Collector: Gilbert, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin)
    Extent: 3 linear feet
    Repository: History San Jose Research Library
    Abstract: Research materials focusing on local history by San Jose State University professor Dr. Benjamin F. Gilbert.
    Language of Material: English


    Papers are open to the public for research by appointment with the Curator of Library and Archives.

    Publication Rights

    The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgement, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Benjamin F. Gilbert Papers. History San Jose Research Library

    Acquisition Information

    Donated to History San Jose in 1994.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Dr. Benjamin F. Gilbert (1918-1992), Associate Professor of History at San José State College, was a native Californian and an authority on California state history, particularly the Civil War era. Born in San Francisco, he attended the University of California where he obtained his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. Gilbert began his teaching career in San Francisco and Oakland, and was a teaching assistant at the University of California before joining the faculty of San José State College in 1950. He also served in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1945. As a member of the Historic Landmarks Commission of the City of San José, Gilbert authored the book Pioneers for One Hundred Years: San José State College, 1857-1957, the first definitive history of the college to be published since 1928. This book would be updated in 1980 in Washington Square, 1857-1979: The History of San José State University by Gilbert and his colleague Charles Burdick. (Biography courtesy of San Jose State University).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Research materials focusing on local history by San Jose State University professor Dr. Benjamin F. Gilbert, author of Pioneers for One Hundred Years: San José State College 1857-1957, and co-author of Washington Square 1857-1979: The History of San José State University. Includes personal correspondence, manuscripts, published papers, series of photographs of Moffett Field. See attached inventory.

    Indexing Terms

    Santa Clara Valley (Santa Clara County, Calif.)--History
    San Jose State University
    Moffett Field (Calif.)
    Ames Research Center

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