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Guide to the Helen Mignon Collection 1979.2555
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note

  • Title: Helen Mignon Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: 1979.2555
    Contributing Institution: History San Jose Research Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 10.0 Linear feet (10 boxes and oversize items)
    Date (inclusive): 1870-1968
    Abstract: The collection includes significant materials, many of them serial publications, relating to the San Jose State Normal School and San Jose State College, the U.S. Food Administration Program in Santa Clara County, and early 20th century maps of San Jose and Santa Clara County.
    Language of Materials note: Materials are in English.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    The materials were donated by Helen Mignon.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    The collection is open to the public for research by appointment.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    Property rights reside with History San Jose. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact History San Jose Research Library.

    Preferred Citation note

    Helen Mignon Collection 1979-2555, History San Jose Research Library, San Jose, California 95112-2599.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Helen Mignon graduated from San Jose State Teachers College in 1902 and taught Home Economics as an emeritus professor at San Jose State College in San Jose, California. She joined the faculty in 1912 and was named head of the department in 1924.

    Scope and Contents note

    The bulk of the collection is related to the teaching of homemaking (or home economics) at San Jose State College during the period 1917-1935, as well as other publications relating to student life during that time. In addition, there are a significant number of alumni publications dating from 1925-1958 as well as alumni papers from 1924-1931. Commencement programs (1874-1912, 1914-1929, 1931-1959) and student/faculty directories (1919, 1921-26, 1929-39, 1948-54, 1956-57), as well as catalogs from 1883-1913, are also found in the collection. There are 20 scrapbooks containing news clippings relating to San Jose State University from 1919-1952 and the U.S. Food Administration programs from both World War I and World War II. Other U.S. Food Administration materials specific to Santa Clara County include bulletins, reports, correspondence (1917-1919), food guides and campaigns. The collection also contains two boxes of scattered school publications.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Mignon, Helen L.
    Home economics--Study and teaching
    San Jose (Calif.)
    San Jose State College
    San Jose State Normal School
    San Jose State University
    Santa Clara County (Calif.)
    United States Food Administration