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Dr. Robert J. Williams California State Normal Schools Collection

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California State University System Normal Schools Annual Reports to the Governor

California State University Normal Schools, Catalogs, Circulars, and Announcements

Non-CSU Normal Schools



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Dr. Robert J. Williams California State Normal Schools Collection, 1881-1943 | Special Collections & Archives

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Title: Dr. Robert J. Williams California State Normal Schools Collection, 1881-1943Save to your list.

ID: URB/CSNS

Primary Creator: Williams, Dr. Robert J.

Extent: 2.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: California State University System Normal Schools Annual Reports to the Governor, 1881-1888

    Subseries 1: Annual Reports to the Governor of California, 1882-1888

    Subseries 2: Publications, 1894-1896

Series II: California State University Normal Schools Catalogs, Circulars, and Announcements, 1885-1943

    Subseries 1: Fresno State Normal School, 1916-1918

    Subseries 2: Los Angeles Normal School, 1885-1916

    Subseries 3: San Diego State Normal School, 1901-1910

    Subseries 4: San Francisco State Normal School, 1901-1943

    Subseries 5: San Jose State Normal School, 1886-1923

    Subseries 6: San Luis Obispo State Normal School, 1916-1917

    Subseries 7: Santa Barbara State Normal School, 1916-1930

Series III: Non-CSU Normal Schools, 1913-1930

    Subseries 1: College of Agriculture Circulars, University of California, Berkeley, 1913, 1933

    Subseries 2: Columbus Senior High School, Columbus, Indiana

Date Acquired: 00/00/1957

Subjects: State Normal School (Calif.), Teachers - Training of - California, Teachers colleges - California

Forms of Material: Paper records

Languages: English

Abstract

When California State University, Northridge was established in 1957 Dr. Williams came to the Northridge Campus as its first Dean of Admissions, bringing the Normal School Collection with him. The origins of the Normal School in California date back to 1857, when the City Normal School was established in San Francisco. Their purpose was the education of future primary and secondary teachers for the public school systems. The collection is composed of printed catalogs, bulletins, announcements and reports on the State Normal Schools in California from 1881-1930.

Biographical Note

California State University, Northridge was established in 1956 as a satellite of Los Angeles State College, later becoming an independent campus known as San Fernando Valley State College. Dr. Williams came to the Northridge Campus as its first Dean of Admissions, bringing the Normal School Collection with him. From 1957 until his retirement in 1986, Dr. Williams served as Dean of Admissions, Head of High School and Jr. College Relations. Williams also served as a counselor in the Student Counseling Center.

Normal schools in California date back to 1857, with the establishment of San Francisco's City Normal School. Sessions were held weekly on Monday evenings until the first State Normal School opened its doors in July 1862, at San Jose. This was the fourteenth full-time State Normal School established in the United States. In July 1862, only eight out of the thirty-four states had normal schools. An Act of the California State Legislature on May 2, 1862 appropriated $3,000 for the establishment of State normal schools and support for five months. The primary purpose of normal schools was to educate primary and secondary teachers for public school systems.

The normal school system in California went through a series of name changes. They were known as State Teachers Colleges from 1921 to 1935, when their name was shortened to State Colleges. Several of the original normal school campuses joined the California State University system in the early 1970s.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Subject/Index Terms

State Normal School (Calif.)
Teachers - Training of - California
Teachers colleges - California

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Dr. Robert J. Williams

Related Materials: Other collections documenting California State University, Northridge's history are available in the University Archives.

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.


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[Series 1: California State University System Normal Schools Annual Reports to the Governor, 1881-1910]
[Series 2: California State University Normal Schools, Catalogs, Circulars, and Announcements, 1885-1929]
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Series 3: Non-CSU Normal Schools, 1913-1930Save to your list.
Subseries 1: College of Agriculture Circulars, University of California, BerkeleySave to your list.
Box 4Save to your list.
Folder 16: Bulletin No. 555: Economic Aspects of the Bee Industry, Edwin C. Voorhies, Frank E. Todd and J. K. Galbraith, Berkeley: University of California, 1933Save to your list.
Folder 17: Circular No. 86: Olives in California, by F. T. RiolettiSave to your list.
Folder 18: Circular No. 87: Alfalfa, by Warren T. ClarkeSave to your list.
Folder 19: Circular No. 92: Infectious Abortion and Sterility in Cows, by C. M. HaringSave to your list.
Folder 20: Circular No. 110: Green Manuring in California, by Chas. B. Lipman, December 1913Save to your list.
Folder 21: Circular: Routine Soil Examinations, by C. B. Lipman, December 1913Save to your list.
Subseries 2: Columbus Senior High School, Columbus, IndianaSave to your list.
Box 4Save to your list.
Folder 22: Curriculum: Foreign Language ProgramSave to your list.
Folder 23: Curriculum: Honors ProgramSave to your list.
Folder 24: Curriculum: Program of StudiesSave to your list.

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