SFSU Associated Students Photograph Collection
Photographic spread about the Training School at San Francisco State Teachers College that was later renamed the Frederic Burk School. The Training School offered enrolled grammar school children subjects including math and science, music, drama, art, literature, sewing and cooking, and physical education. The Training School consisted of class levels from kindergarten through the eighth grade. Student teachers attending the Normal School observed master teachers as part of their education curriculum. Under the supervision of teachers, they taught, produced instructional materials and lesson plans, and tested their outcomes.
Photographic spread about the Glee Club at San Francisco State Teachers College that was the first music group organized by Music and School Management instructor Eva A. Levy in 1922. Miss Levy was a "Golden Graduate" from San Francisco State Normal School in 1901. The Glee Club produced the "Legend of Kashmir" that was stylistically very Art Deco. The officers during the 1925-1926 academic year were Ursula Murphy (president), Helen Zak (secretary-treasurer) and the cast of the "Legend of Kashmir" included: Alberta Rennie (How Now), Marcella Schiller (Meerah), Ursula Murphy (Simila), Margaret Markham (Veerah), Kathleen Sherman (Badah), Margaret Hale (Hodie), Kathleen O’Neil (Priestess), Helen Mayer (Hear No Evil), Dolores Gilfether (See No Evil); Alice McKnew (Speak No Evil), Natalie Wooley and Kathleen Sherman (Dancers); and California Pisily, Grace Gerdella, Lucile Kiesel, Elizabeth Bruns, Helen M. Zak, Lucile Byrne, Elaine Ennis, Josephine Codoni, Beryle Kemmerer, Daisy Govans, Margaret Sheehan, and Helen Mayer (Dancing Girls).
Photograph of the Nyoda Club established to institute an employment bureau, book exchange, and group to guide members with good literature, music, and art. Nyoda was chosen for the name because it means "rainbow" and it was a service organization to organize physical fitness, storytelling and dance classes among immigrant children and may have been involved with the Immigrant Education program started at the San Francisco State Teachers College in 1924. Dean of Women Mary Ward is pictured with the group and the club officers included Lola Ives (president), Irma Quinlan (vice president), and Esther Morris (secretary-treasurer).
Photograph of the Art Club at San Francisco State Teachers College was established in spring 1925. Eva Kording, the first president, organized the club that adopted the Craft Shop as its studio and created the motto: "Art for Art’s Sake providing it’s useful." The Art Club was responsible for designing campus posters and created novelty handkerchiefs for students on campus as well as decorations for the 1925 Mother's Day program. Officers included Bernice Kelly (president), Irene Smith (vice president), Sybil Van Gelder (secretary) and Elizabeth Andresen (treasurer).
Photograph of the "Vigilante" staff at San Francisco State Teachers College in spring 1926. The Vigilante, the first student newspaper began in November 1922 with the Good English Club. Members of the Journalistic section of the club were responsible for producing the newspaper that was printed in mimeograph form until a Journalism Club was established. In spring, 1926, the club was disbanded and a journalism course was established with the following officers: Vida Setencich (editor), Janet Weeks (associate editor), Elsie Thompson and Verna Thomsen (assistant editors), Agnes Boyle (business editor) and Ruth Michelson (assistant business editor).
Photograph of the first "Orchestra Club" at San Francisco State Teachers College in spring 1926. The Orchestra Club was organized during the 1925-1926 academic year with the following members: Emma L. Nash (conductor), Ethel O’Farrell (violin and concert mistress), Doris Malitz (violin), Ethel Torwick (violin), Ruth Hafer (violin), Claire Mullen (violin), Dorothy Eichenwald (violin), Kathleen Montgomery (violin), Eva Archer (viola), Evelyn Elster (piano), Bessie Sur (flute), Dorothy Tesch (clarinet), Ethel Byrne (trombone), Frances Misch (banjo), and Vida Setencich (drums).
The first yearbook for San Francisco State was published in 1926. This edition of the Franciscan presented a time capsule of young ladies with bobbed hairstyles and one Asian American student, Alice Fong. Chinese Americans traditionally attended special segregated schools in San Francisco. Alice Fong Yu, the first Chinese American hired as a bilingual teacher in a San Francisco public school, graduated from San Francisco State in 1926.
Photograph of "The Guild" service for commencement exercises of San Francisco State Teachers College held at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, California. Founding President Frederic Lister Burk developed the "Ritual of the Teachers' Guild Service" in 1909 as the Normal School’s commencement exercise. In this elaborate ceremony, performed annually for twenty years, white-clad students consecrated their commitment to teaching before entering the profession.
Photograph of the Student Affairs Committee for San Francisco State Teachers College was established in fall of 1927 by faculty and students to encourage and support student body activities, organized assembly programs.
Photographic spread of "The Guild" service for commencement exercises of San Francisco State Teachers' College. Founding President Frederic Lister Burk developed the "Ritual of the Teachers' Guild Service" in 1909 as the Normal School's commencement exercise. In this elaborate ceremony, performed annually for twenty years, white-clad students consecrated their commitment to teaching before entering the profession.
Photograph of the String Ensemble established by Mrs. McCauley in November 1927. First violin, Vivian Walsh (Class of 1930), was a typical student who studied education as well as music. Other members included Esther Gilbert and Leah Boehm (second violin), Maynie Del Pipher (viola), Emma Nash (bass viol), and Dolores Gilfether (accompanist).
Photograph of the Debate Club established in fall of 1927 to sponsor debates within the student body and with other colleges and to foster social interaction the founding officers were Mary McGloin (president), Lois Harding (vice president) and Beatrice Canny (secretary-treasurer).
Photograph of the Scribes Club established in 1925 by students interested in writing and visiting locations that inspire creativity. The officers for fall 1927 were Eva Hartsough (president); Elisabeth Pinney (vice president); Gay Hill (secretary); and Elizabeth Peck (secretary). Officers for spring 1928 were Gay Hill (president); Elisabeth Pinney (vice president); Julia Dierssen (secretary) and Sadie Lopesco (treasurer).
Photograph of the Art Club. Susan Mayer was the first faculty sponsor of the Art Club (established in Spring of 1925) at San Francisco State Teachers College, which was an artist social club where students worked on projects together and explored San Francisco's rich art scene. Photographs of the group show girls in artist smocks, it is definitely an art group. The officers in fall 1927 were Agnes Frey (president); Virginia Carniglia (vice president); Marie Curran (secretary) and Lillian Bianchini (treasurer). Officers for spring semester were Marie Schmidt (president), Lois Montgomery (vice president), Madelyn Munk (secretary), and Marie Curran (treasurer).
Photograph of three members of the Golf team. Coach Florence Hale established golf as a sport at San Francisco State teachers College in fall 1927. Anita Tiernan was elected manager for fall and Edith Marian Feehan for spring. "Til" Cuneo offered lessons at Lincoln Park with 23 golfers joining the team by the end of the first year.
Photograph of five students of Natural Dancing program. Natural Dancing was a class offered after Folk Dancing was introduced and taught by Miss Sarah Farrell. At a time when many dancers were expanding repertoire to include natural movement from Greece, Spain, Italy, and Asia, San Francisco State Teachers College introduced a course Physical Education 15, "Natural Dancing," that was the study of the natural movements of the body in stationary and locomotive positions.
Photograph of a stitched collage of photographs of San Francisco State Teachers' College students.
Grace Hackett (Class of May, 1929) was the earliest know African American student to attend and graduate San Francisco State Teachers College. San Francisco State started as a vocational school for teachers, but it welcomed students that reflected diversity. Grace Hackett of Alameda, California, studied elementary education, and after graduating, taught at Allensworth School, located in a black community located in Tulare County, California, from 1931 to 1935.
Photographic spread students that participated in Franciscan Day assembly on February 14, 1929 at San Francisco State Teachers College. The assembly was held to announce the "Lavender and Lace" theme for the 1929 Franciscan yearbook. Photographs show students in period costumes: Eunice Humphreys and Esther Wacholder (1776), Claire Grimes and Vivian Walsh (1850) Fannie Salomon (1890), Elizabeth Boland (1902), Margaret McDougall (1929), and Betty Pinney (1950).
Photograph early members of Delta Phi Upsilon, a branch of the national honor society for Kindergarten-Primary education students at San Francisco State Teachers College established in about 1928. Active members included Elizabeth Burns, Gay Hill, Emeline Purdie, Virginia McKinnon, Gladys Cathcart, Lucille Schoenfeld, Valverda Milliken, and Mrs. Clare Schell. Officers included Dorothy McGuffin (president), Gay Hill (vice president) Virginia McKinnon (recording secretary), Gladys Cathcart (corresponding secretary) Dorothy Trefethen (historian), and Emeline Purdie (marshall).
Photographic spread of the Bonfire Rally held on the San Francisco State Teachers College campus on September 27, 1929. President Alexander Crispen Roberts and student body president Catherine O'Sullivan kindled the largest bonfire on campus to celebrate the burning of the old shacks.
Photograph of a scene from the Spring Festival organized by the Creative Arts Department that featured the Arabian Dance from the Nutcracker on the campus lawn, folk dances with realistic folk costumes designed by Mildred Maskan. Students organized the festival including Irma Kerske (business manager), Minnie Kern (costume and natural dancing chairperson), Edith Gaines (natural dance costumes), Everett O'Rourke (stage manager), Margot Aase (property manager), Claire Howard (head usher), Roy Hanlon (makeup), and Kathleen Landon (rehearsals).
Photograph of first Gator varsity basketball team at San Francisco State Teachers College. Coach Dave Cox organized the basketball team in spring of 1930. After four weeks of practice the team played the Salvation Army team and won with a score of 18 to 14. First team members were Charles Carson, Tom Bragg, Ed Plutte, Lloyd Hughes, Henry Barsotti, Elbert Ashland, Allan Wyatt, Alton Cohen, George Belieu, Waldo King, and Wallis Miller.
Photograph of early International Club established in fall of 1929 under the guidance of Sociology professor Bertha Monroe. The first officers in fall, 1929, included: Elizabeth Best (president), Christine Huttmann (vice president), Ida Lane (corresponding secretary) and Mary Kennett (secretary-treasurer). Spring 1930 officers included: Christine Huttmann (president), Elizabeth Best (corresponding secretary), and Jerusha Arsanis. Ida Lane died during the following school year and received the following memoriam in the 1931 Franciscan (page 62): "A pattern flung against the screen of life / To flicker joyously and then to fade, / Leaving a memory that lingers on / In poignant tears to sooth the heartache made."
Photograph of early Franciscan Dames Club established in the spring semester of 1930 under the guidance of Education professor Mrs. Evangeline Adams Spozio to support married students to balance family life and studies. The first officers included: Ruth Herndon (president), Francis Byers (vice president), and Laura Denman (secretary-treasurer).
Photographic spread of the student body president Catherine O'Connor and a message to the Student Body.
Photograph of the College Chorus established in fall of 1930 with over 100 music students by Mary McCauley and Eileen McCall as the accompanist.
Photographic spread of a message from student body president Marion A. Donaldson regarding campus unity. Donaldson asserted that the aim of the Executive Board was always "Service and Co-operation."
Photographic spread about the Men’s Association that was organized in fall of 1931 to organize social events and an employment bureau to serve growing number of male students enrolled at San Francisco State Teachers College. The officers for fall 1931 were: James Stinchcomb (president), Arthur Carr (vice president), and Alcor Browne (secretary treasurer). The officers for spring of 1932 were: James Stinchcomb (president), Arthur Carr (vice president), and James Dierke (secretary treasurer).
Photograph of organizing members for the Honor Club at San Francisco State Teachers College that was organized in February 1932 including: Alice Breheny, Gertrude Eckerle, Ellen Gaffney, Grace Grahm, Ruth Guilland, Arvilla Hacke, Elizabeth Hall, Wilma Harms, Dorothy Hoffman, Ruth Herndon, Ruth Haydon, Ruby Horn, Muriel Jacobs, Annie Keal, Mary Kennett, Beatrice King, Gertrude Kraus, Priscilla Lehman, Sarah Mason, Margaret Meng, Josephine Narfi, Wilma Orton, Ethel Rosen, Ella Stimson, and Lillian Swacina. Pictured from left to right: Orton, Hall, Dalton, and Rosen.