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San Joaquin Valley College (Woodbridge, Calif.) Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Historical Sketch
  • Scope and Content
  • Access Points

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: San Joaquin Valley College (Woodbridge, Calif.) Collection
    Date: 1884-1977
    Collection Number: Ms40
    Location: Erickson Vault
    Extent: 1 linear foot
    Contributing Institution: San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum
    11793 North Micke Grove Road
    Lodi, CA 95240
    Language of Material: Records written in English
    Abstract: The San Joaquin Valley College Collection includes founding documentation for the school, related legal opinions, and administrative records. Also included are academic catalogs and bulletins, school newspapers, and invitations and programs related to student activities and organizations. In addition, the history of the college is chronicled in newspaper clippings and published and unpublished essays and articles.

    Access Information

    Collection is open for research by appointment.

    Conditions of Use

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.
    Preferred citation: [Item name], San Joaquin Valley College Collection, Ms40, San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum, Lodi, California.

    Related Material

    Title: Live Oak School (Lodi, Calif.) Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1919-1956 (Ms84)
    Title: Ray and Turner Schools (Lodi, Calif.) Registers,
    Date (inclusive): 1910-1998 (Ms83)
    Title: Salem-Needham School (Lodi, Calif.) Scrapbooks,
    Date (inclusive): 1935-1939 (Ms21)
    Title: San Joaquin County (Calif.) Schools Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1866-1973 (Ms41)

    Historical Sketch

    In 1878, the Church of the Brethren in Christ established its headquarters in Woodbridge, California. One year later, it opened Woodbridge Seminary, a preparatory school, which in 1883 became San Joaquin Valley College a four-year institution. The college graduated its first class two years later and a total of approximately fifty students before closing its doors in 1897 due to competition from better-financed institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area. Notable among its graduates was Congressman Marion DeVries, who later became U.S. Tax Collector for the Port of New York. The college's curriculum included traditional classical courses, as well as business, music, and art.

    Scope and Content

    The San Joaquin Valley College Collection consists of three series: 1. Academic and Social Activities, 2. Administrative and Legal Documentation, and 3. History and Publicity, each arranged in alphabetical order by subject or title. Material in the collection includes administrative records, legal opinions, school catalogs and bulletins, documentation of student activities and organizations, and historical essays.

    Access Points


    Lodi (Calif.)--History
    San Joaquin County (Calif.)--History
    San Joaquin County--Schools