Archival Finding Aids


1952-2004 (Bulk 1967-1984)

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This collection is comprised of professional materials, periodicals, ephemera, correspondence and photographs documenting Norman O. Gunderson's significant career as dean of School of Engineering at San Jose State University (1955-1970), as director of Masters Degree Program in Cybernetic Systems (1970), and as a legislative and educational consultant to Santa Clara County Director of Transportation after his retirement from academia (1975-1991). The bulk of this collection (1967-1984) contains primary and secondary sources that delineate Norman O. Gunderson’s role in the conception, establishment and expansion of SJSU’s Masters Degree Program in Cybernetic Systems. In 1970, Gunderson resigned as dean to direct the establishment and development of SJSU’s Masters Program in Cybernetic Systems, an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on technology-oriented problem solving methodologies within political, economic, social, and moral systems. Included in these files are curriculum proposals, course description, lecture notes, correspondences, event brochures, newspaper clippings, and compiled course and research readings. Other significant parts of the collection include documents related to Gunderson’s effort to help SJSU School of Engineering obtain its state accreditation to offer graduate degree engineering programs and to provide research opportunities for faculty. The collection also contains personal effects and memorabilia, e.g., awards, honorable mentions, and miscellaneous biographical materials.

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

San Jose State University. College of Engineering.
Cybernetics –- Research
High technology and education--California--Santa Clara County
San José State University -- Faculty
San José State University-- Curricula--Programs
Santa Clara County Transportation Agency -- history

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