October 24th, 2007
Would you like to know more about the history of San Francisco State University? Take a look at the new book, San Francisco State University by the Library’s own Meredith Eliassen. Just published by Arcadia Publishing, the new book documents how San Francisco State University has promoted educational excellence for more than a century.
Established as a vocational school for teachers, it became the first such institute in the United States to require a high school diploma. As the school expanded its curriculum, it became San Francisco State Teachers College (1921), San Francisco State College (1935), and San Francisco State University (1972). The school’s fascinating history includes complete destruction by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, as well as a five-month student/faculty strike during the late 1960s, which resulted in the founding of the first School of Ethnic Studies (1969) in the United States.
Meredith works in the archives and special collections department the Library. She describes the book project as a two month, “labor of love.” Using vintage imagery from the library’s archives, she presents San Francisco State University as an educational innovator, serving the diverse, multicultural communities of the San Francisco Bay region since 1899.