Some Useful Internet Sources
On September 24, 1954, The President's Cabinet approved a document called "College Archives" that listed the recommendations of a Committee established to investigate potential options for the disposition of records generated by San Francisco State College, which stated the following:
(a) It suggested that the college library center its attention on the collection and preservation of significant historical records and on making current records of widespread interest conveniently available.
(b) The centralizing of records that have only historical significance would add to their value by making them accessible and by presenting them as a related whole.
The "College Archives" document establishes the current University Archive in the J. Paul Leonard Library's department known as the University Archives in the Archives/Special Collections Department now located in the Special Collections Unit (Libarary 460). Although the Department's collecting of paper documents has diminished with online archiving of materials throughout the University, its mandate to maintain and promote access to SFSU history-related materials continues.
Definitions: Primary vs. Secondary Sources
To learn more about primary and secondary resources, please consult LibGuides by Kendra Van Cleave entitled, "History; Primary Sources" and "History: Secondary Sources." The University Archives has a rich array of original and interpreted resources to learn more about campus history and life. This guide serves as an introduction but not comprehensive finding aid for our collections that continue to evolve with the University.
A PRIMARY SOURCE is generally defined as some kind of original material or data. Depending on your research topic and perspective, primary sources can include diaries and letters, interviews, speeches, business or organizational records, eyewitness accounts, photographs, video or film, government documents, newspapers or magazines, or even books.
A SECONDARY SOURCE is generally defined as something that analyzes, interprets, or comments on a primary source. In history, the key secondary sources that you need to find are research books and research journal articles.
Campus Resources available in this Library
Campus Secondary Resources available in this Library