The San José State University Art
Department Records, 1912-2022 (bulk 1951-1959), document the department's course curriculum,
as well as art exhibits created by students. The records consist of miscellaneous brochures,
pamphlets, course catalogues, flyers, and art ephemera. This collection is arranged into one
series: Series I. Course Curriculum & Miscellany, 1912-2022 (bulk 1951-1959).
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.
(0.42 linear ft.)
Copyright is assigned to the San José State University Library Special Collections &
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 & Archives. Copyright restrictions may apply to
digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to
research and educational purposes.
The collection is open for research.