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San José State University Student Memorabilia Collection
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Series I: San Jose Normal School

Scope and Contents

Folders contain all material pertinent to student activities that occurred during the San Jose State Normal School era, and the materials span the years 1881 to 1920. This part of the collection is comprised of a variety of objects and documents including: 1. Documents and objects related to students' academic life, such as: certificates, report cards, teacher training report cards and graduating exercises. 2. Documents and objects related to students' social life on campus, such as: event booklets, dance cards, photographs, yearbooks, journals, music books/sheets, school magazines and newspaper clips, school catalogues, handbooks, and reunion books. 3. Other miscellaneous student memorabilia, such as: class papers, student class work and a calendar.


Files are arranged chronologically and alphabetically.
Box 1, Folder 1

Catalogues/Handbooks 1881-1920

Box 1, Folder 2

Certificates 1881-1920

Box 1, Folder 3

Class Papers/Graduating Exercises 1881-1920

Box 1, Folder 4-6

Miscellaneous Memorabilia 1881-1920

Box 3, Folder 1

Music Sheet/Book/Chapel Song 1881-1920

Box 1, Folder 7

Music Sheets/Books/Chapel Songs 1881-1920

Box 1, Folder 8

Newspaper Clippings 1881-1920

Box 1, Folder 9

Photographs 1881-1920

Box 1, Folder 10

Report Cards 1881-1920

Box 1, Folder 11

School Magazines 1881-1920

Box 1, Folder 12

Social Events/Dance Cards 1881-1920

Box 1, Folder 13

Remnant of Old Song Book 1882-1885

Box 1, Folder 14

Scrapbooks/Reunion Books, etc. circa 1889-1914

Box 1, Folder 15

Class of 1891 Commencement Souvenir 1891 June

Box 1, Folder 16

Class of 1894 Pin (Belle Christmas) 1894

Box 1, Folder 17

Miscellaneous Memorabilia (Gift from Gertrude Waterman) circa 1900

Box 3, Folder 2

State Normal School Calendar 1900

Box 1, Folder 18

Normal Pennant and Senior Year Book 1908, 1910

Box 1, Folder 19

Teaching Materials; Psychology circa 1890-1920


Series II: San Jose State Teachers College

Scope and Contents

Much of the contents are comprised of a variety of material donated by William Joseph Cagnes including: graduation certificates, citizen certificates, and State of California Diplomas. Other items of note include a folder of letters of prominent educators and clippings from the Western Journal. There is also a general teaching credential certificate from the Christmas family, once belonging to Geraldine Christmas. The materials span the years 1921 to 1934.


The series is arranged alphabetically and chronologically by date and format.
Box 1, Folder 20

Certificates/Citizenship Certificates 1921-1934

Box 1, Folder 21

Correspondence 1921-1934

Box 1, Folder 22

Correspondence 1921-1934, 1935-1971

Box 1, Folder 23

Midterm in Philosophy 1921-1934

Box 1, Folder 24

School Magazine 1921-1934

Box 1, Folder 25

Directory of Students and Faculty 1933-1934

Box 1, Folder 26

General Elementary School Credential (Geraldine Christmas) 1935 June


Series III: San Jose State College

Scope and Contents

The series is comprised of a variety of material that documents student life during the period from 1935 to 1971. Examples include student publications such as Sparta Life, Reed Magazine, El Toro, the Platter, and the student yearbook, La Torre. Other items of interest include dance cards, and a variety of newspaper clippings documenting Greek life, student engagements and marriages. In addition there are faculty correspondence and miscellaneous samples of student essays and a script.


The collection is arranged alphabetically and chronologically and by format.
Box 1, Folder 27

La Torre Yearbook 1935

Box 1, Folder 28

Correspondence 1935-1971

Box 1, Folder 29

Graded Papers 1935-1971

Box 1, Folder 30

Miscellaneous Memorabilia 1935-1971

Box 1, Folder 31

Newspaper Clippings 1935-1971

Box 1, Folder 32

Newspapers 1935-1971

Box 1, Folder 33

School Magazines 1935-1971

Box 1, Folder 34

Social Events/Dance Cards 1935-1971

Box 1, Folder 35

Campus Compass 1945-1946

Box 1, Folder 36

San Jose State College 1862 Artwork c. 1947

Box 2, Folder 1

Library Access and Associated Students Membership Cards 1945-1948

Box 2, Folder 2

Spardi Gras Booklets 1946, 1948

Box 2, Folder 3

San Jose State College Calendar 1948

Box 2, Folder 4-6

Sara Anne Thompson's Scrapbook 1953-1957

Box 2, Folder 7

Karolyn Hubbel Ramos, Gamma Phi Beta Photographs circa 1969-1972

Box 3, Folder 3

Sparta Life Magazine 1967

Box 2, Folder 8

Essays undated

Box 2, Folder 9

Script undated


Series IV: CSU San Jose and San Jose State University


The items are arranged chronologically by date.

Scope and Contents

This series contains materials relating to reflecting student life on campus in the early 1970s. The university was called CSU San Jose briefly from 1972-1973. In 1974 the name changed to its present title San Jose State University. Materials relating to student anti-war protests and organizing, an Associated Students membership card, and a group photo of students with some names mentioned are included in this series.
Box 2, Folder 10

CSU San Jose Associated Students Membership Card 1972

Box 2, Folder 11

San Jose State University Students Group Photo 1975