Guide to the Samuel Thorburn Black Memorial Collection

Finding Aid Authors: Ellen E. Jarosz.
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Guide to the Samuel Thorburn Black Memorial Collection 1877/1922

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Samuel Thorburn Black Memorial Collection
Dates: 1877-1922
Identification: MS-0324
Creator: Black, Samuel Thorburn, 1846-1917
Physical Description: 0.60 linear ft
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Phone: 619-594-6791

Biographical Information:

The first president of San Diego Normal School, Samuel T. Black was selected for the post by the Normal School's Board of Trustees in October 1898. He served as president until 1910. Having previously been State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and having had numerous other administrative and teaching appointments throughout California, he entered the position with extensive experience. He brought professional activism and many solid connections in the educational world.
Black was born in 1846, in northern England, to Scottish parents. He came to the United States in search of an uncle the family had lost touch with, and upon finding him in Wisconsin, decided to stay in the US. Though he spent his first year teaching in the Midwest, he eventually traveled to California, arriving in San Francisco in 1868. Mr. Black had two children, the second of whom, Pauline Black, followed him into the teaching profession, and taught at the Normal School for several years. In 1910 she and her father took a trip around the world.
On September 1, 1910, Mr. Black officially stepped down as San Diego Normal School's president. Enrollment had increased from 83 students the first year to nearly 400. The original seven members of the teaching faculty that Black had assembled remained largely intact, and the addition of several new faculty members brought the total number of instructors to 19. From 1913-1916 Black served as a member of the Board of Education of the City of San Diego. He died in San Diego, March 23, 1917.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name:

San Diego Normal School -- Administration -- History -- Sources

Genre/Form of Material:

Personal Papers

Personal Name:

Black, Pauline T. -- Diaries
Black, Pauline T. -- Travel
Black, Samuel Thorburn, 1846-1917 -- Archives
Black, Samuel Thorburn, 1846-1917 -- Travel

Topical Term:

School administrators -- California -- San Diego -- Biography -- Sources

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

Some of these materials are in the public domain. However, the nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Samuel Thorburn Black Memorial Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Related Materials:

San Diego State University Historical Collection
Walter R. Hepner Memorial Collection
Edward Lawyer Hardy Memorial Collection
Thomas B. Day Papers
Malcolm. A Love Papers
Brage Golding Collection

Scope and Contents

The Samuel Thorburn Black Memorial Collection documents both Black and his presidency, and includes correspondence, financial records, annual reports, Pauline Black's diary, and a scrapbook of the trip Mr. Black and his daughter took around the world.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Certificate of Admission to the Bar 1877

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence 1899 - 1910

Box 1, Folder 3

Diaries of Pauline T. Black (Daughter)

Box 1, Folder 4

Faculty Resolution After Resignation June 1910

Box 1, Folder 5

Financial Data 1900 - 07

Box 1, Folder 6

Glover's Invitation 1914

Box 1, Folder 7

Obituary, Normal News 1917

Box 1, Folder 8


Box 1, Folder 9

Report of the President 1906, 1907, 1910

Box 1, Folder 10

Requests for Funds 1899

Box 1, Folder 11

Scrapbook Copies

Box 1, Folder 12

Scrapbook, Trip to United Kingdom 1902

Box 1, Folder 13

Scrapbook, Life of Samuel T. Black 1917

Box 1, Folder 14

Scrapbook Copies

Box 2, Folder 1

Scrapbook, World Tour 1910-1911

Box 2, Folder 2

University Club of San Diego - Complimentary Dinner Program September 5, 1910

Box 2, Folder 3

Visit to Europe 1910-1911

Box 2, Folder 4

Zlac Rowing Club Book 1922