The San José State University and the San José Public Library System Joint Library Project Records, 1994-2005 (bulk 1998-2000)
document the planning and construction of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, the first joint venture between a university
and public library in the U.S. The records consist of administrative files, architectural files and renderings, legal files,
newspaper clippings, photographs, and promotional materials.
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 dollars 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.
(28.88 linear feet)
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