Collection processed by Don Walker and Leigh Johnsen
2012 San Joaquin County Historical Society
11793 North Micke Grove Road
Lodi, CA 95241
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San Joaquin Valley College (Woodbridge, Calif.) Collection, 1884-1977

Collection number: Ms40

San Joaquin County Historical Society
Processed by:
Don Walker and Leigh Johnsen
Date Completed:
Encoded by:
Leigh Johnsen
San Joaquin County Historical Society. All rights reserved.

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 In addition, the history of the college is chronicled in newspaper clippings and published and unpublished essays and articles.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

Collection Contents


Series 1 Academic and Social Activities 1886-1897

Scope and Content Note

School newspapers and bulletins, commencement invitations, academic catalogs, constitution and history of a literary society, printed programs of school activities, and school colors.
Box 1, Folder 1

College Ensign Newspaper. 1890-1893

Box 1, Folder 2

Commencement Bulletin. 1892

Box 1, Folder 3

Commencement Bulletin. 1893

Box 1, Folder 4

Commencement Bulletin. 1894

Box 1, Folder 5

Commencement Bulletin. 1895

Box 1, Folder 6

Commencement Bulletin. 1896

Box 1, Folder 7

Commencement Invitations. 1886

Box 1, Folder 8

Commencement Invitations. 1887

Box 1, Folder 9

Commencement Invitations. 1889

Box 1, Folder 10

Commencement Invitations. 1891

Box 1, Folder 11

Commencement Invitations. 1893

Box 1, Folder 12

Commencement Invitations. 1894

Box 1, Folder 13

Commencement Invitations. 1895

Box 1, Folder 14

Commencement Invitations. 1897

Box 1, Folder 15

Philophronean Literary Society, Constitution and History. 1890

Box 1, Folder 16

Recital, Play, and Debate Programs. 1893-1894

Box 1, Folder 17

School Catalog. 1886-1887

Box 1, Folder 18

School Catalog. 1887-1888

Box 1, Folder 19

School Catalog. 1892-1893

Box 1, Folder 20

School Catalog. 1893-1894

Box 1, Folder 21

School Catalog. 1894-1895

Box 1, Folder 22

School Colors. 1894


Series 2 Administrative and Legal Documentation 1878-1903

Scope and Content Note

Founding documentation, legal opinions, trustees' minute book, student register, and receipts.
Box 1, Folder 23

Articles of Incorporation. 1883

Box 1, Folder 24

Founding Agreement. 1878

Box 1, Folder 25

Legal Opinions. ca. 1897

Box 2, Folder 1

Real Estate and Taxes. 1878-1903

Box 2, Folder 2

Receipts. 1890-1895

Box 2, Folder 3

Student Register. 1883-1897

Box 2, Folder 4

Trustees' Minute Book. 1884-1894


Series 3 History and Publicity 1884-1977

Scope and Content Note

Published and unpublished historical documentation and advertising.
Box 2, Folder 5

Advertising. 1887

Box 2, Folder 6

Historical Landmark Dedication. 1956

Box 2, Folder 7

Mills, Freeman B., "History of Woods School." 1935

Box 2, Folder 8

Myers, Celia Adams, "San Joaquin Valley College," San Joaquin Historian 13:130-151. 1977

Box 2, Folder 9

Newspaper Clippings. 1884-1973

Box 2, Folder 10

"Woodbridge College Notes." 1912