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Sarah Locke Family Collection


1865-2004 (Bulk 1879-1948)

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The Sarah Locke Family Collection, 1865-2004 (bulk 1879-1948), is a small collection documenting the life of San Jose Normal School graduate Sarah Locke (1879, 1880) and her family. The collection consists of a few books, journals and notes of Sarah Locke (1876, 1879), and a transcription of her diary recording a trip to Yosemite in June of 1879. In addition, there are a few original photographs and collection of digital images of Sarah Locke's ancestors and descendents, and a family genealogy report (2004) that includes the pedigree chart for Sarah Locke and a list of her descendants. The collection also includes a few personal items collected by Shirley Orpha Smith, granddaughter of Sarah Locke Smith. Shirley Orpha Smith completed her B.A. in 1947 and 1948 she received an Occupational Therapy Certificate from San Jose State College.In addition to the donation by Michael Locke Ettington, the Sarah Locke Family Collection also includes a black silk dress that belonged to Sarah Locke and small a box of memorabilia. Mildred Smith, Sarah Locke's daughter donated these materials to the San Jose State University Library in the 1960s. This collection is arranged into three series: Series I: Family Papers and Photographs, 1845-2006; Series II: Sarah Locke Memorabilia, 1880-1969; Series III: Silk Dress, circa 1880.

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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 -- History.
San Jose State Normal School -- History.
San Jose State teachers College -- History.
San Jose State College -- History.
California State University, San Jose -- History.
Education, Higher -- California -- San Jose.
Teachers colleges -- California -- San Jose.
Student life and customs.
Clothing & dress -- 1880-1890.

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