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Guide to the San Diego State University Historical Collection
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The SDSU Historical Collection documents the university's history from its beginnings as a normal school through its transition to a state college.  The collection dates from approximately 1897-1956, with the bulk of the documents created prior to 1935.  It consists primarily of paper records including correspondence and financial records.  The collection documents the relationship between students, administrators, and Vice President W.F. Bliss during the school's early years.  The collection also documents student enrollment and attendance; the school's financial stability; programs and invitations including Dedication Day and May Day festivities from 1903-1935; student activities and organizations; and faculty involvement with administration. It has been divided into four series: Administrative Records, Faculty Records, Student Organization Records, and Artifacts.
Founded March 13, 1897, San Diego State University began as the San Diego Normal School, a training facility for elementary school teachers. A Board of Trustees appointed by the governor held its first meeting on June 3, 1897 to choose a location for the school. A site on Park and El Cajon Boulevards was chosen by the Board which then turned its attention to the construction of the school and the selection of a president. In September of 1898 the Board chose Samuel Black as the new president of the San Diego Normal School.
35.17 linear ft
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This collection is open for research.