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Founder's Day Collection, 1936-1980Add to your cart. | Special Collections & University Archives

Title: Founder's Day Collection, 1936-1980Add to your cart.
ID: MS-0300
Extent: 1.25 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 1940-1979
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San Diego State University's Founder's Day was an annual event that took place the first day in May.  Founder's Day originated as Dedication Day, a celebration commemorating the anniversary of the dedication of the original Normal School building in 1899. Dedication Day was renamed Founder's Day in the 1930s under Walter Hepner's presidency. Founder's Day festivities included an Open House where faculty members would hold meet and greet sessions for students and their families, as well as activities, exhibits and programs sponsored by individual departments. 

Dedication of school monuments and landmarks also took place on Founder's Day.  In 1937, a statue of an Aztec carved by prominent local sculptor Donal Hord was dedicated on Founder's Day as the new school symbol.  In 1941, the Greek, or Open Air Theatre was dedicated.  In 1971, the Director of Libraries, Louis A. Kenney, presided over the dedication of the Malcolm A. Love Library and unveiled a portrait of Love by Professor Emeritus Everett Gee Jackson.

Author: Jennifer Hollander
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Acquired: 1993. 1998, 2003
Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Rights: The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Related Materials: Irving Outcalt Papers
Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Founder's Day Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Collection Material Type: Official Records
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