The James P. Walsh papers document the professional work of San José State University Emeritus Professor of History. The collection
consists of chapter drafts, subject files, photographs and draft copies of his
books; San José State University: An Interpretive History 1950-2000 and
One and the Same: The History of Continuing Education at San José State University 1857-2007, which document the history of SJSU.
James P. Walsh was born in 1937 in San Francisco, California, the younger of two sons of Irish immigrant parents. His father,
Patrick Walsh managed and maintained a Catholic men's club in San Francisco. His mother, Nellie Murphy Walsh was a homemaker.
During his youth, James Walsh attended Catholic schools in San Francisco, graduating from Sacred Heart High School in 1955.
From there he attended the University of San Francisco, where he received his bachelor's degree in history in 1959, and his
master's degree in history in 1962. He married Ann McKinnon, also a University of San Francisco graduate, in 1962. They have
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