Guide to the San José State University Campus Events Collection MSS.2010.02.04

SJSU Special Collections & Archives
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0028
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Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Title: San José State University Campus Events Collection
Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2010.02.04
Physical Description: 4 boxes (4.667 linear feet)
Date (inclusive): 1911-2011
Abstract: The San José State University Campus Events Collection, 1925-2007 (bulk 1950-1970) documents university and student sponsored events, such as Spardi Gras, Homecoming, and the Centennial and Sesquicentennial celebrations of the university. The records consist of print materials such as scrapbooks, flyers, calendars, newspapers, and brochures. This collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Language of Material: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright is assigned to the San Jose State University 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 and Archives. Copyright restrictions may 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 Campus Events Collection, MSS-2010-02-04, San José State University Library Special Collections and Archives.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Kimberly Koshiyama. Finding aid EAD encoded by Kimberly Koshiyama. Reviewed by Danelle Moon and Erin Louthen. In 2018, the collection was reprocessed by Kate Steffens from MPLP standards to provide more robust access and description. At the same time, all materials from the Centennial Campus Events Collection (MSS.2011.10.08) were merged with this collection.

Project Information

This finding aid was created as part of the Survey and Cataloging Project, a two-year San José State University Library grant project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The project began in 2008.The Project Director is Danelle Moon. The Project Archivist is Erin Louthen.

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.
San José State University yearbooks, student handbooks and other event-related materials document a range of campus celebrations and events that took place between 1925-2007. Noteworthy campus events at SJSU include the Spartan Revelries (1930s-1960s), Spardi Gras (1929-1950) and Homecoming Week (1948-present). Spartan Revelries was an all-student college musical event written, produced, and presented entirely by students, and all students on campus were eligible to participate in its production. Another longstanding event in SJSU's past was Spardi Gras. According to the 1926 campus yearbook La Torre, Spardi Gras (or Hobo Day on Washington's Birthday) was "a gala occasion of play, sport, and merrymaking, which met with unprecedented participation by the entire student body, and was later authorized by the Executive Board as an annual event because of its great success." Homecoming Week is still celebrated today on the SJSU campus, and includes events for students and alumni such as a movie festival and a bonfire, and culminates with the annual Homecoming football game in Spartan Stadium. Other significant events covered in this collection include the university's Centennial Celebration in 1957, and the Sesquicentennial Celebration (150th Anniversary) in 2007.

Related Material

San José State University Office of University Relations Records, MSS-2009-03-06, San José State University Library Special Collections and Archives.
San José State University Archives Photograph Collection, MSS-2006-05-01, San José State University Library Special Collections and Archives.
San José State University Public Relations and Publications Records, MSS-2009-03-11, San José State University Library Special Collections and Archives.

Scope and Content of Collection

The San José State University Campus Events Collection, 1925-2007 (bulk 1950-1970) documents university and student sponsored events, such as Spardi Gras, Spartan Revelries, Homecoming, and the Centennial and Sesquicentennial celebrations of the University. The records consist of print materials such as scrapbooks, flyers, calendars, newspapers, and brochures. Notable items in this collection include a photo scrapbook of images from a performance by the Smothers Brothers; a flyer and invitation for a speech by Richard Nixon; flyers for appearances by the poets Audre Lorde, Robert Bly, and William Stafford, and activist Flo Kennedy; and flyers and event announcements from a wide variety of art exhibits held on campus.
Spartan Revelries was an all-student show that took place until 1963. It is described as follows in the 1960 La Torre: "Spartan Revelries has been a tradition on the San Jose State College campus for more than thirty years. This all-student college musical event is written, produced, and presented entirely by students, and any student on the campus may participate in its production. The first Revelries, as a full-fledged musical comedy is shrouded in mystery. Some sources indicated that it began in 1929 as a grand finale to Spardi Gras. Others suggest that it had its beginning in 1933. At least we know that back in those days a spring musical of some sort was represented each year. In 1930 there was a student-written and produced show called 'Jazzmania,' which enjoyed tremendous success. In 1949 a Revelries Board was established to carry out the business and management of each year's show, which has grown to be an event requiring the efforts of many students and several months of preparation."
Spardi Gras was an all-student event. Based on information from the La Torre yearbooks, Spardi Gras was first held on Washington's birthday in 1929. It was described in the 1929 yearbook as follows: "Another event which met with unprecedented participance by the entire student body was the first annual Spardi Gras or Hobo Day on Washington's Birthday, a gala occasion of play, sport, and merrymaking later authorized by the Executive Board as an annual event because of its great success." The last entry about Spardi Gras appears in the 1950 yearbook.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

San José State University -- Anniversaries, etc.
San José State Teachers College -- History.
San Jose State College -- History
California State University, San José -- History.
San José State University -- History.
Education, Higher -- California -- San Jose.

box 1, Folder 1

America's Bicentennial: Article on Commemorative Flag 1975

Box 1, Folder 2

America's Bicentennial: Commemorative Flag 1975-1976

Box 1, Folder 3

America's Bicentennial: Correspondence and Press Releases 1976

Box 1, Folder 4

America's Bicentennial: Master Calendar Records 1976

Box 1, Folder 5

America's Bicentennial: SJSU Event Calendars 1976

Box 1, Folder 6

Art Exhibits: Andrew Jackson Grayson "Birds of the Pacific Slope" April-May 1987

Box 1, Folder 7

Art Exhibits: SJSC Art Department 1957-1960

Box 1, Folder 8

Art Exhibits: Student Union Art Gallery 1977-1980

Box 1, Folder 9

Building Dedications: Clark Library February 19, 1982

Box 1, Folder 10

Building Dedications: Heritage Gateways October 29, 1999

Box 1, Folder 11

Building Dedications: Morris Elmer Daily Assembly Hall June 20, 1920

Box 1, Folder 12

California Centennial at SJSC 1949

box 1, Folder 13

Centennial: Art Exhibition Flyers and Guestbook 1957

Box 4, Folder 1

Centennial: BBQ Poster May 8, 1957

Box 1, Folder 14

Centennial: Commemorative Calendar 1957

Box 1, Folder 15

Centennial: Committees 1955

Box 1, Folder 16

Centennial: Congratulatory Messages (1 of 2) 1957

Box 4, Folder 2

Centennial: Congratulatory Messages (2 of 2) 1957

Box 1, Folder 17

Centennial: Correspondence - General 1957

Box 1, Folder 18

Centennial: Correspondence Between Joe West and Frank de Bellis 1957

Box 1, Folder 19

Centennial: Correspondence to Bob Pentzer, Spartan Daily Editor 1957

Box 1, Folder 20

Centennial: Declined Invitations 1957

Box 1, Folder 21

Centennial: Emeritus Luncheon and Convocation 1957

Box 4, Folder 3

Centennial: Mercury News Special Issue April 1957

Box 1, Folder 22

Centennial: Flyers 1957

Box 1, Folder 23

Centennial: Invitations 1957

Box 1, Folder 24

Centennial: Photos of Campus 1952

Box 1, Folder 25

Centennial: Pioneers for 100 Years - Book Cover, Book Review, and Interview with Benjamin F. Gilbert, author. 1956-1957

Box 1, Folder 26

Centennial: Pioneers for 100 Years - Booklets 1957

Box 1, Folder 27

Centennial: Pioneers for 100 Years - President's Convocation Programs 1957

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Centennial: Poster of Mercury News Special Issue April 1957

Box 1, Folder 28

Centennial: Press (1 of 2) 1957

Box 4, Folder 4

Centennial: Press (2 of 2) 1957

Box 1, Folder 29

Centennial: Programs (1 of 3) 1957

Box 1, Folder 30

Centennial: Programs (2 of 3) 1957

Box 1, Folder 31

Centennial: Programs (3 of 3) 1957

Box 2, Folder 1

Centennial: Publications 1957

Box 2, Folder 2

Centennial: Speeches May 2, 1957

Box 2, Folder 3

Centennial: Souvenirs 1957

Box 4, Folder 5

Centennial: Welcome Poster from San Jose Chamber of Commerce May 1957

Box 2, Folder 4

Ceremonies: Honorary Degree for Dr. Mario Serrate Ruiz 1974

Box 2, Folder 5

Concerts and Festivals 1930, 1975-1977

Box 2, Folder 6

Conferences and Seminars 1925-1992

Box 2, Folder 7

Diamond Jubilee: 75th Anniversary Programs 1937

Box 2, Folder 8

Event Calendars 1970-1978, 1992

Box 2, Folder 9

Festival of the Arts: Programs and Event Calendars (1 of 2) 1955-1963

Box 2, Folder 10

Festival of the Arts: Programs and Event Calendars (2 of 2) 1955-1963

Box 2, Folder 11

Founder's Day May 1959

Box 2, Folder 12

Fundraisers: Tenure and Retention Defense Fund, Art Auction and Dinner Dance 1971-1979

Box 2, Folder 13

Homecoming 1977, 2006

Box 2, Folder 14

Memorials: Alan B. Simpkins 1997

Box 2, Folder 15

Open Houses 1954, 1982

Box 2, Folder 16

Plays and Musicals 1930-1957

Box 2, Folder 17

Protests: SDS, the Mexican-American Student Council, National Student Coalition Against Racism 1968

Box 2, Folder 18

Receptions, Awards, and Luncheons 1927-2011

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Sesquicentennial: Celebration Poster 2007

box 2, Folder 19

Sesquicentennial: Commemorative Book 2007

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Sesquicentennial: Commemorative Coins 2007

Box 2, Folder 21

Sesquicentennial: Commemorative Coin Dies (1 of 3) 2007

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Sesquicentennial: Commemorative Coin Dies (2 of 3) 2007

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Sesquicentennial: Commemorative Coin Dies (3 of 3) 2007

Box 2, Folder 24

Sesquicentennial: Commemorative Folder 2007

Box 2, Folder 25

Sesquicentennial: Commendation from the Lieutenant Governor May 4, 2007

Box 2, Folder 26

Sesquicentennial: Congressional Honor from Mike Honda May 2, 2007

Box 2, Folder 27

Sesquicentennial: Congressional Resolution from Mike Honda 2007

Box 2, Folder 28

Sesquicentennial: DV Cam Videos of Gala and Cocktail Party Nov. 1, 2007

Box 2, Folder 29

Sesquicentennial: DVDs and CDs of Events 2007

Box 2, Folder 30

Sesquicentennial: Events Program and Booklet 2007

Box 2, Folder 31

Sesquicentennial: Fabric Banner 2007

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Sesquicentennial: Historical Exhibit Poster 2007

Box 4, Folder 6

Sesquicentennial: Mercury News Special Edition April 29, 2007

Box 2, Folder 32

Sesquicentennial: Photos of SJS Normal School 1911-1913

Box 2, Folder 33

Sesquicentennial: Photo Prints 2007

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Sesquicentennial: Pins and Luggage Tag 2007

Box 4, Folder 7

Sesquicentennial: Proclamations 2007

Box 3, Folder 2

Sesquicentennial: Programs 2007

Box 4, Folder 8

Sesquicentennial: Resolutions 2007

Box 3, Folder 3

Sesquicentennial: Symphony Concert Programs April 4, 2007

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Sesquicentennial: Washington Square Commemorative Issue Spring 2007

box 3, Folder 5

Spardi Gras: Press 1932, 1949, 1957

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Spardi Gras: Programs 1943-1948

Box 3, Folder 6

Spardi Gras: Scrapbook 1947

Box 3, Folder 7

Spardi Gras: Scrapbook 1948

box 3, Folder 8

Spartan Revelries: Correspondence 1948-1963

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Spartan Revelries: Organizational Handbooks 1960-1963

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Spartan Revelries: Production Paperwork 1950-1963

Box 3, Folder 11

Spartan Revelries: Programs 1952-1961

Box 3, Folder 12

Spartan Revelries: Publicity Photographs

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Spartan Revelries: Scripts, Lyrics and Music (1 of 3) 1952-1956

Box 3, Folder 14

Spartan Revelries: Scripts, Lyrics and Music (2 of 3) 1952-1956

Box 4, Folder 9

Spartan Revelries: Scripts, Lyrics and Music (3 of 3) 1952-1956

Box 3, Folder 15

Talks, Lectures, and Addresses: Flyers 1963-1977

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Workshops 1952-1963

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University Night: The Smothers Brothers Performance Photo Scrapbook December 2, 1981

Box 3, Folder 18

Youth Goodwill Mission from Taiwan (1 of 2) 1981

Box 3, Folder 19

Youth Goodwill Mission from Taiwan (2 of 2) 1981