Guide to the San José State University Office of Continuing Education Records MSS.2009.02.08

Robert Donahue
SJSU Special Collections & Archives
© 2009
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0028

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Title: San José State University Office of Continuing Education Records
creator: San José State University. Office of Continuing Education
source: San José State University. Library. Special Collections & Archives
Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2009.02.08
Physical Description: 21 boxes (17 linear feet)
Date (bulk): 1954-2000
Abstract: The San José State University Office of Continuing Education Records (1954-2000) consist of catalogs, schedule of classes, general files, newspaper clippings, fliers, posters, brochures, and handbooks. The materials in the collection offer a glimpse into the activities, classes, and events offered through the Continuing Education program, which also includes Distance Learning, Special Session, and ESL programs.


The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright is assigned to the San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote 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 or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

San José State University Office of Continuing Education Records, MSS-2009-02-08, San José State University Library Special Collections and Archives.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Robert Donahue. Finding aid EAD encoded by Robert Donahue. Reviewed by Danelle Moon and Erin Louthen.

Project Information

This finding aid was created as part of the Survey and Cataloging Project, a two-year San José State University Library grant project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The project began in 2008. The Project Director is Danelle Moon. The Project Archivist is Erin Louthen.

Organizational History

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.
San José State University's Continuing Education program can trace its origins to Professor Charles Mills Gayley, who proposed applying the British model of university extension to California colleges in the early 1890s. In addition, San José Normal School principal James McNaughton foresaw the advantage of a continuing education track during his administrative tenure (1899-1900). However, it was McNaughton's successor, Morris Elmer Dailey (1900-1918), who was responsible for the inception of continuing education at the Normal School via the implementation of a summer session program. Under Dailey's direction, the first summer session occurred in 1903 and enrolled 107 students for a 12-week semester. In 1901 the International Travel Study began as a result of the earthquake damage, which forced the cancellation of summer session at the Normal School. President Dailey organized and led a summer trip to Europe for the students and faculty. The program is known today as International and Extended Studies (IES), and supports such educational extensions as eCampus, professional development, and global studies.
Throughout its history, SJSU's Continuing Education program has contributed significantly to the overall curriculum, including Distance Learning, Special Session and ESL programs. Targeting college-age students as well as young adults and adult learners, the program continues to to offer high quality programs that meet the diverse needs of the community.

Scope and Content of Collection

The San José State University Office of Continuing Education Records (1954-2000) consist of catalogs, schedule of classes, brochures, pamphlets, class descriptions, schedules, and posters pertaining to the Continuing Education program. The records also include materials advertising classes, various student movements and campus events. Programs offered by the Office of Continuing Education include: Open University, Winter Session, Summer Session, Certificate Proframs, Professional Development Courses, Television Education Network (TEN), International Travel Programs, Field Studies in Natural History. Scheduele of classes and course descriptions are included in this collection.


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Continuing education -- California -- San Jose (Calif.)
San José State University -- Study and teaching (Continuing education)
San José State University. Office of Continuing Education
San José State University. Library. Special Collections & Archives

Box 1

Scrapbooks, Pamphlets, Schedules 1954-1976

Box 2-3

Pamphlets 1957-1965

Box 4

Bulletins, Handbooks 1962-1973

Box 5

Brochures, Courses, General Files 1964-1979

Box 6

Reports, Schedules 1970-1992

Box 7

Pamphlets, Schedules 1971-1972

Box 8

Questionnaires, Schedules 1972

Box 9

Schedules, Bulletins 1973-1996

Box 10

Brochures, Schedules 1974

Box 11

Brochures, Pamphlets, Catalogues 1976-1977

Box 12

International Travel Study 1975-1991

Box 13

Brochures, Pamphlets, Posters 1975-1979

Box 14

Class Schedules 1976-1981

Box 15

Brochures, International Travel Study 1977-1978

Box 16

Brochures 1977-1979

Box 17-19

Schedules 1981-1995

Box 20

Newsletters 1994-1998

Box 21

Schedules and Catalogs 1973-2000