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Guide to the San José State Normal School and San Jose State Teachers College Course Catalogs Collection
MSS-2010-05-05  
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Description
The San Jose State Normal School and San Jose State Teachers College Course Catalogs Collection, 1872-1935, documents the school's curriculum and coursework over a sixty-year period. The collection includes fall, spring and summer session catalogs, as well as catalogs for specific disciplines such as Homemaking and Art. This collection is arranged into one series: Series I. San Jose State Normal School and San Jose State Teachers College Course Catalogs, 1872-1935.
Background
In 1857 the San Francisco Board of Education established Minns' Evening Normal School for current and prospective teachers in the city. Named after its principal, George W. Minns, the institution was formally established as the first California State Normal School by the State Legislature in 1862. A decade later, the Legislature voted to move the Normal School to San Jose, and the school relocated to its new home on Washington Square prior to the fall term of 1872. After a fire destroyed the Normal School building in 1880, the Legislature authorized $200,000 to construct a new building on the same site. Completed in 1881, the building was commonly referred to as the Second State Normal School. After several names and curriculum changes, Minns' Normal School is now San Jose State University, offering more than 134 bachelor's and master's degrees with 110 concentrations, and is recognized as one of the top public universities granting such degrees in the West.
Extent
8 boxes, 3.04 linear feet
Restrictions
Copyright is assigned to the San Jose State University Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives. Copyright restrictions may apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.
Availability
The collection is open for research.