The Spartan Sports collection consists of sports programs from the different sports departments at San José State University
and various sports related guide books. The sports team programs featured in the collection include the following: Baseball,
Basketball, Football, Golf, Judo, Rugby, Swimming, Tennis, and Track & Field. The collection also contains official handbooks,
manuals and athletic rules for these sports. The bulk of the collection consists of athletic rule books from different time
periods such as the E.B. DeGroot Official Athletic Almanacs which contain rules, photographs, and official time records. Most
books in the collection feature photographs of sports and sports teams. The collection also contains many National Collegiate
Athletic Association publications. These guides are organized by sport type and contain lists of athletes in many colleges
and universities as well as team records. This collection is arranged into two series: Series I: Official Sports Programs
and Manuals 1908-1987, Series II: Printed Matter 1949-2004.
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
José, 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 José 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.
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or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication
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original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.