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Guide to the University Archives Photograph Collection
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: University Archives Photograph Collection
    Dates: 1898-
    Identification: MS-0311
    Creator: San Diego State University
    Physical Description: 41.00 linear ft
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
    5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
    San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
    URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
    Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
    Phone: 619-594-6791
    Other Information:
    This collection is currently being digitized.  Click the link below to access the digital collection.
    Additional information may be found at http://ibase.sdsu.edu/index.php?a=ViewItem&i=18

    Access Terms

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

    Corporate Name:

    San Diego State University -- History -- Sources
    San Diego State University -- Pictorial works

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Digital Records

    Administrative Information

    Conditions Governing Use:

    The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. 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. Permissions 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, University Archives Photograph Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection, created by Special Collections and University Archives staff, consists of photographs from various campus departments and offices, as well as from university alumni, which document San Diego State University history.  The collection includes photographs, negatives, and slides.  It is broken into six series: Pre-1931 Photographs, Post-1931 Photographs, Glass Plate Negatives and Lantern Slides, Faculty Photographs and Negatives, Slide Binders, and Negatives and Contact Sheet Binders.
    The Pre-1931 Photographs series consists of photos taken of and around the San Diego Normal School, a training facility for elementary school teachers, originally located on Park Boulevard.  The series includes photo documentation of many aspects of the San Diego Normal School, including the buildings and campus, faculty, student activities, and athletics, among others.  The series is filed alphabetically by topic.
    The Post-1931 Photographs consists of photos taken after the school moved to it's current location on Montezuma Mesa in 1931.  The series documents student activities, the physical campus, alumni activities, special events, athletics, and many other events and topics having to do with SDSU's history.  The series is filed alphabetically by file heading, and  contains file heading abbreviations as follows: ACS--Activities, Student, ACU--Activities, University, AE--Aerial Views, AL--Alumni, AWD--Awards/Presentations, BU--Buildings, CA--Campus Area, CAM--Campus Scenes, CAT--Course Catalog Photographs, CL--Classroom Scenes, COM--Commencement, CON--Construction, CSA--Campus Satellites, DE--Departments/Offices, F/S--Faculty/Staff, PER--Personnel, SO--Student Organizations, SP--Sports, VE--Veterans, YB--Yearbooks.
    The Glass Plate Negatives and Lantern Slides consist of a group of thirteen glass plate negatives showing images of the campus laboratory school, as well as numerous glass lantern slides prepared by students for the California Pacific International Exposition at Balboa Park in 1935.  They are filed by item number.
    The Faculty Photographs and Negatives series consists of headshots taken of various faculty members between 1958 and 1992.  The series is filed alphabetically by faculty member's last name.
    The Slide Binders, Negatives and Contact Sheets consists of images occasionally duplicated in earlier series, and document school activities, the physical environment, athletics, faculty, and other special events.  They are organized topically.
    This collection is currently being digitized. Copy and paste this URL into your browser's address bar to access the digital collection: http://infodome.sdsu.edu/projects/photos/.