COLLECTION Of 5 COLLEGE CATALOGUES. California State Normal School, San Jose. 1877 - 1878; 1879 - 1880; 1885 - 1886; 1889 - 1890[ 1890 - 1891. San Franciso Bay Area Local History.
COLLECTION Of 5 COLLEGE CATALOGUES. California State Normal School, San Jose. 1877 - 1878; 1879 - 1880; 1885 - 1886; 1889 - 1890[ 1890 - 1891.
COLLECTION Of 5 COLLEGE CATALOGUES. California State Normal School, San Jose. 1877 - 1878; 1879 - 1880; 1885 - 1886; 1889 - 1890[ 1890 - 1891.
COLLECTION Of 5 COLLEGE CATALOGUES. California State Normal School, San Jose. 1877 - 1878; 1879 - 1880; 1885 - 1886; 1889 - 1890[ 1890 - 1891.
COLLECTION Of 5 COLLEGE CATALOGUES. California State Normal School, San Jose. 1877 - 1878; 1879 - 1880; 1885 - 1886; 1889 - 1890[ 1890 - 1891.

COLLECTION Of 5 COLLEGE CATALOGUES. California State Normal School, San Jose. 1877 - 1878; 1879 - 1880; 1885 - 1886; 1889 - 1890[ 1890 - 1891.

Sacramento: Divers state printers, 1878 - 1891. 1st printing(s). 42; 48; 72; 80; 96 pp. Frontis wood engraving of the school in the first, fourth & fifth catalogues. 8vo. ~ 9" x 5-3/4". Original printed paper wrappers, divers colors, sewn. General wear & soiling to wrappers, the odd edge chip or two, age-toning. Overall, a Very Good lot. Item #50597

"San Jose State University is the oldest public institution of higher education in the western states. San Jose State began as Minns' Evening Normal School in San Francisco in 1857. It provided continuing education for grade school teachers in the city. The school became a state school - the California State Normal School, created by the California legislature in 1862 (legislation passed May 2).  In the late 1860's, the school wanted to move to a different location. As Principal William Thomas Lucky noted in a December 1869 report, a new building was needed and 'the best interests of the school and the pupils attending will be promoted by locating where there is more quiet and fewer temptations.'  Several cities attempted to get the School and offered a variety of enticements. San Jose invited the students and teachers (about 190 people) to San Jose in December 1869 to look at possible locations for the school. They provided train passes to the teachers and students. The state legislature selected San Jose as the new home for the California State Normal School. The cornerstone of the new school building at the Washington Square site donated by the City of San Jose was laid on October 20, 1870. That building was completed in 1871 and the students and faculty moved from San Francisco to San Jose.  This wooden building was destroyed in a fire in 1880 and a replacement building of brick was built at the site and completed in 1881 [the two buildings pictured in these catalogues]. It was used until deemed unsafe following the 1906 earthquake. Some of the rubble of the 1881 building is included in the foundation of the replacement building - Tower Hall." [SJSU website]

While OCLC records lists holdings of these early catalogues, usually in just a copy or two, in various institutions across the country, I found it particularly intriguing that SJSU was not recorded as having any holdings whatsoever of their own catalogues.

Price: $495.00

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