The SJSU Academic Senate Records, 1952-2004 (bulk 1970-1999), document the history and administrative responsibilities of
the Academic Senate. The records consist of general, administrative and committee files, budget reports and correspondence,
as well as newspaper clippings and audio tapes. The records also include files from the Academic Council, the forerunner to
the Academic Senate. In addition, the Academic Senate files document the departmental and program controversies in the Economics
and Athletic departments in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as the Koehmstedt civil rights case, which challenged the university's
accommodation policies for students with learning disabilities. This collection is arranged into two series: Series I. Administrative
Files, 1952-2002 (bulk 1970-1999); and Series II. Economics Department, 1974-1979.
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.
3 Hollinger boxes, 1 flat box, 86 Paige boxes
(103.96 linear feet)
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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 as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include
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The collection is open for research.