The San José State Normal School Teaching Tools Collection (1896-1927), consists of various teaching materials used to educate
young children at the Normal Training School. The collection includes Friedrich Froebel's
Kindergarten Gifts and Occupations as well as sewing and reading cards and other manipulative objects manufactured by the Milton Bradley Company. The collection
is arranged into a single series: Series I. Educational Teaching Tools, 1896-1927.
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 name and curriculum changes,
Minns' Normal school now known as San José State University, offer 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.
(18.54 linear feet)
Copyright is 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 Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication
is given on behalf of the Special Collections and 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.
The collection is open for research.