The Dr. Robert J. Williams California State Normal Schools Collection is composed of printed catalogs, bulletins, announcements and reports on the State Normal Schools in California from 1881-1930. Included in these materials are Board of Trustee and Campus Presidents' Reports to the Governor, curriculum requirements, class schedules, budgets, and special announcements concerning a variety of local campus subjects. The collection also has printed material on the University of California, Berkeley, College of Agriculture and Columbus High School, Columbus, Indiana. It has been divided into three series: California State University System Normal Schools Annual Reports to the Governor (1881-1910), California State University Normal Schools Catalogs, Circulars, and Announcements (1885-1929), and Non-CSU Normal Schools (1913-1930.)
Series I, California State University System Normal Schools Annual Reports to the Governor, consists of two subseries: Annual Reports to the Governor of California (1882-1888) and Publications (1894-1896). Annual Reports to the Governor of California consists of reports submitted by various boards of trustees in compliance with California State Law requiring the Trustees and Presidents to give an annual report on the general physical and financial condition of the State Normal Schools. Some of the reports are hard bound, while the rest have paper covers. Publications consists of two publications written by Edward T. Pierce, Ph.D., Principal of State Normal School, Los Angeles on teaching and the Normal Schools.
Series II, California State University Normal Schools, Catalogs, Circulars, and Announcements, consists of early publications and other documents from seven state normal schools, each of which had been made a distinct subseries within the collection: Fresno Normal School, Los Angeles Normal School, San Diego Normal School, San Francisco Normal School, San Jose State Normal School, San Luis Obispo California Polytechnic School, and the Santa Barbara State Normal School. Materials are filed alphabetically.
Series III, Non-CSU Normal Schools, consists of early publications and other documents from the University of California, Berkeley's College of Agriculture from 1913-1933 on such topics as the bee industry, and olive cultivation in California, as well as early publications from Columbus Senior High School in Columbus Indiana, especially the Honors program, Foreign Language curriculum, and other materials.