Samuel Thorburn Black Memorial Collection MS-0324

Ellen E. Jarosz
Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA 92182-8050

Contributing Institution: Special Collections & University Archives
Title: Samuel Thorburn Black Memorial Collection
Creator: Black, Samuel Thorburn
Identifier/Call Number: MS-0324
Physical Description: 1.00 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1877-1922
Language of Material: English .

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 diaries, and a scrapbook of the trip Mr. Black and his daughter took around the world.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

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.

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Preferred Citation

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

Biographical Note

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.



Subjects and Indexing Terms

Personal Papers
School administrators--California--San Diego--Biography--Sources
Black, Samuel Thorburn, 1846-1917--Archives
Black, Samuel Thorburn, 1846-1917--Travel
Black, Pauline T.--Diaries
Black, Pauline T.--Travel
San Diego Normal School--Administration--History--Sources

box 1, folder 1

Certificate of Admission to the Bar Folder 1 1877

box 1, folder 2

Correspondence Folder 2 1899 - 1910

box 1, folder 3

Diaries of Pauline T. Black (Daughter) (Relocated: Please refer to Box 3) Folder 3

box 1, folder 4

Faculty Resolution After Resignation Folder 4 June 1910

box 1, folder 5

Financial Data Folder 5 1900 - 07

box 1, folder 6

Glover's Invitation Folder 6 1914

box 1, folder 7

Obituary, Normal News Folder 7 1917

box 1, folder 8

Publications Folder 8

box 1, folder 9

Report of the President Folder 9 1906, 1907, 1910

box 1, folder 10

Requests for Funds Folder 10 1899

box 1, folder 11

Scrapbook Copies Folder 11

box 1, folder 12

Scrapbook, Trip to United Kingdom Folder 12 1902

box 1, folder 13

Scrapbook, Life of Samuel T. Black Folder 13 1917

box 1, folder 14

Scrapbook Copies Folder 14

box 2, folder 1

Scrapbook, World Tour Folder 1 1910-1911

box 2, folder 2

University Club of San Diego - Complimentary Dinner Program Folder 2 September 5, 1910

box 2, folder 3

Visit to Europe Folder 3 1910-1911

box 2, folder 4

Zlac Rowing Club Book Folder 4 1922

box 3, item 1

Diaries of Pauline T. Black (Daughter) Item 1