Guide to the First Class of San Jose State Normal School Research Records MSS.2010.06.11

Lisa Zakharova
SJSU Special Collections & Archives
© 2010
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: First Class of San Jose State Normal School Research Records
creator: Walsh, James P.
Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2010.06.11
Physical Description: 1 Box (0.5 linear feet)
Date (inclusive): 1827-2009 (bulk 1885-1910)
Abstract: The First Class of San Jose State Normal School Research Records was compiled by SJSU Emeritus Professor of History, James P. Walsh. This research collection originated from his earlier publication One and the Same: The History of Continuing Education at San Jose State University, 1857-2007 (SJSU 2006).


The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright is assigned to the San José State University 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.

Preferred Citation

First Class of San Jose State Normal School Research Records, MSS-2010-06-11, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lisa Zakharova. Finding aid EAD encoded by Lisa Zakharova. 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 Jose, 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

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection consists of the research files compiled by SJSU Emeritus Professor of History, James P. Walsh for the publication "Tadhg" Lets Change the Subject," published in Back to the Future of Irish Studies; Festschrift for Tadhg Foley, edited by Maureen O'Conner (2009). This research originated from his earlier publication One and the Same: The History of Continuing Education at San Jose State University, 1857-2007.
As Walsh notes in his published article, the first sixteen graduates came to the West during the gold rush era of California. All were single women, with the exception of Annie E. [Sanford] Dubois. The women ranged in age from 17-34, and only three of the graduates were foreign born. All of the students were white, were daytime school teachers, and each attended the Normal School as night students. The first graduate, Ellen Casey graduated at the top of her class. Kate Kennedy, sixth in her class, lobbied for suffrage, unionization, and education. Mary Lynde, ranked thirteen in her class, and had a long career as a school principal, teacher, and writer. She also passed the California State Bar exam and became a practicing lawyer. Miss Lynde was one of only four women practicing law in early California. Mary A. Casebolt ranked second in her class and became a schoolteacher. Mary Louise Tracy ranked twelfth in her class and married Normal School teacher, John Swett, one of the founders of public education in California. Carolyn L. Hunt, number ten in her class, had a 40-year career as a botany and biology teacher. Annie E. Stanford Du Bois was the only married graduate, and despite the discrimination against married female teachers at the time, she had a very successful career as a teacher and as a principal.


This collection is arranged according to the original order established by Professor Walsh. The first sixteen folders are arranged by student class ranking. The last six include additional research files and a the galley proof of the article "Tadhg: Let's Change the Subject."

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Education -- California -- San José
Education, Higher -- California -- San José
San José State University -- History
Walsh, James P.

Box 1, Folder 1

Ellen Casey July 18,1839- March 23, 1925

Box 1, Folder 2

Mary A. Casebolt 1838-1888

Box 1, Folder 3

Alice T. Baker 1840-1929

Box 1, Folder 4

Laura E. Field undated

Box 1, Folder 5

Eliza Hawkhurst 1830-1910

Box 1, Folder 6

Kate Kennedy May 31, 1827- March 18, 1890

Box 1, Folder 7

Lizzie Kennedy December 26, 1837- October 13, 1926

Box 1, Folder 8

Adelia B. Kimball February 25, 1839- July 17, 1917

Box 1, Folder 9

Mariana Alley Wills 1844-1925

Box 1, Folder 10

Caroline L. Hunt 1840- January 21, 1922

Box 1, Folder 11

Dorcas S. Prescott. 1830-1889

Box 1, Folder 12

Mary Louise Tracey December 8, 1839-

Box 1, Folder 13

Mary D. Lynde 1835-1921

Box 1, Folder 14

Hannah Marks September 2, 1835- August 4, 1908

Box 1, Folder 15

Beatrice Weed 1841-

Box 1, Folder 16

Annie E. DuBois 1834-

Box 1, Folder 17

Research: Back-up 2008-2009

Box 1, Folder 18

Minns' and Early History 1888-2005

Box 1, Folder 19

Minns'> CSU # of grads. 2,621,978 2007

Box 1, Folder 20

"Let's Change the Subject" mss Draft March 26, 2008

Box 1, Folder 21

Tadhg's festschrift 2009

Box 1, Folder 22

Tadhg: "Let's Change the Subject-proofs" November 26, 2009