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1860-1990 (Bulk 1887-1909)

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The San Jose State Normal School Records document the early history and student life of the State Normal School. This collection consists of various types of records: accounting and financial files and ledgers, attendance and achievement records, board meeting minutes, commencement records, diplomas, enrollment statistics, graduate lists, student placements filed in cards and ledgers, teachers class journals, and trustee information, as well as general records pertaining to the daily operation of the school. Also included are a large number of records created by students of the San Jose State Normal School, such as alumni publications, Alpha Phi Omega meeting minutes, class diaries, photo albums, scrapbooks, and sketches. In addition, the collection contains a small number of realia in the form of banners, flags, and the dress of a 1906 Normal School graduate. This collection is arranged into six series: Series I: Administrative and Financial Records, 1861-1932; Series II: Legal Documents, 1870-1936, undated; Series III: Office of the Registrar Records, 1860-1934; Series IV: Students, Faculty, and Alumni Records and Publications, 1863-1927, undated; Series V: Miscellanea, 1871-1990, undated; and Series VI: Textiles, 1881-1921.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Minns' Evening Normal School -- History. California State Normal School -- History.
San Jose State Normal School -- History.
San Jose State Normal School -- Training School -- History.
San Jose State Teachers College -- History.
San Jose State University -- History.
Education, Higher -- California -- San Jose.

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