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San José State University Media Production Photography Records
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  • Content Description
  • University Archives
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  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Related Materials
  • Organizational History

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
    Title: San José State University Media Production Photography Records
    source: San José State University. Library. Special Collections & Archives
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2018.06.28
    Physical Description: 3 boxes (3 linear feet)
    Date (inclusive): 1902-1999
    Date (bulk): 1979-1999
    Physical Description: Good
    Abstract: This collection consists of slides from the University photographer's office.

    Content Description

    This collection consists of photographic slides from the University photographer's office. Content includes images of campus buildings, departmental imagery, athletics, student and Greek life, and notable people including University Presidents and Faculty. Non-campus related content includes photos of downtown San Jose and its environs, including nightclubs, hotels, and buildings. Historical archival imagery includes photos of the Normal School, and campus life from 1902 on.

    University Archives

    Record Group 5.11


    This collection is organized by subject, alphabetically.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright has been assigned to the San José State University Library Special Collections and 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

    San José State University Media Production Photography Records, MSS-2018-06-28, San José State University Library, Special Collections and Archives.

    Processing Information

    The collection was processed by Kate Steffens, September 2018.

    Related Materials

    San José State University Public Relations and Publications Records, MSS-2009-03-11

    Organizational History

    In 1857 the San Francisco Board of Education established Minns' Evening Normal School for current and prospective teachers in the city. Named after its principal, George W. Minns, the institution was formally established as the first California State Normal School by the State Legislature in 1862. A decade later, the Legislature voted to move the Normal School to San José, and the school relocated to its new home on Washington Square prior to the fall term of 1872. After a fire destroyed the Normal School building in 1880, the Legislature authorized $200,000 to construct a new building on the same site. Completed in 1881, the building was commonly referred to as the Second State Normal School. After several names and curriculum changes, Minns' Normal school is now San José State University, offering more than 134 bachelor's and master's degrees with 110 concentrations, and is recognized as one of the top public universities granting such degrees in the West. The Office of Public Relations and Publications was created in 1953 under the leadership of President John T. Wahlquist (1952-1964). The department created and disseminated news releases and announcements to the university community, including specific academic departments and the general public. The Public Relations and Publications Department is now known as San José State University's Office of Public Affairs and it continues to serve as the communication link to the campus and external community.
    The University Photographer’s Office was created by staff and students under Media Services, which was under the Media Production Unit; prior to that it was known as Photographic Production Services. There was an A/V Producer, the position of which evolved into Video Production. Video Production ran an on campus Media Services department, which changed its name to Academic Technology and is currently known as Information Technology. Media Services used to be part of the University Library from the 1950s-1970s, and was a part of Academic Affairs.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    San José State University -- Photographs
    San José State University. Library. Special Collections & Archives