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Title: Bob Wobbrock Gardena High School Papers

Collection Date(s):1952-1956, undated

Extent and Forms of Material: 1 cubic foot, including photographs and CDs (3 boxes, 4 CDs)

Creator: Bob Wobbrock

Abstract: This collection consists of yearbooks, school newspapers, sports programs, photographs and other documents from a California high school in the 1950s.

Repository: Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.archivescenter@si.edu 202-633-3270 www.americanhistory.si.edu/archives

Collection Number: AC0932

 Processing Note: Processed by Helen Aitken (volunteer) and Adrienne Cain (intern), 2008; supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist, 2008.

 

INFORMATION FOR USERS OF THE COLLECTION

Conditions Governing Access: The collection is open for research use.

Physical Access: Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves.

Technical Access: Do not use original materials when reference copies are available.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use: Copyright held by the Smithsonian Institution. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use. All duplication requests must be reviewed and approved by Archives Center staff.

Preferred Citation: Title and date of item, Bob Wobbrock Gardena High School Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, box number X, folder number XX, digital file number XXXXXXXX

 

IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION

Administrative History: In 1904 the first high school classes were held in Gardena Valley, California. The following year Jewel Union High School was established, and shortly after the Los Angeles board of education converted it into the Gardena Agricultural High School. By 1917, the school no longer conducted extensive experiments and began to operate as a traditional school. From 1922-1934 Gardena High School completed the construction of an administration building, a home economics building, the auto and wood shops, the first unit of the gymnasium, and the library. The school also began to focus on academic programs and expanded its courses in vocational fields. By the 1950s, Gardena was a combination of two schools. Gardena’s junior high school served grades seven through nine and the senor high school served grades ten through twelve. There were two full graduation ceremonies each year, one for the winter and one for the summer class.

Scope and Content: This collection provides insight into the lives of teenagers in California in the 1950s. The publications, particularly the newspapers, document the educational experiences and social activities of students as seen through their eyes. The photographs illustrate some of the sporting events while the yearbooks provide detailed information about the student body. Bob Wobbrock, a graduate of the winter class of 1956, saved the records of this high school created while he was a student.

Series 1, Publications, 1952-1956, consists of the school’s newspapers, yearbooks and football game programs.Students in journalism class and print shop created the school newspaper, The Lark. This collection offers a complete run of the published newspapers during this period. Also included are four CDs consisting of copies of The Lark and created by Wobbrock to share with classmates. The school’s yearbook, El Arador, meaning the plowman, came out before summer vacation, and there are four copies included among these materials. The materials are arranged first by type and then in chronological order.

Series 2, Photographs, 1953, 1955, 1956, undated, includes football games, cheerleaders, track races, and other social activities used in the yearbook. The materials are arranged by subject.

 Series 3, Documents, 1953-1956, includes one high school diploma, one hall of fame certificate and five athletic letter certifications.

System of Arrangement: The collection is arranged in three series.

Series 1, Publications, 1952-1956
Series 2, Photographs, 1953, 1955, 1956, undated
Series 3, Documents, 1953-1956

Acquisition Information: This collection was donated by Bob Wobbrock in 2006.

Related Artifacts: Artifacts were also donated to the Museum’s Division of Music, Sports, and Entertainment, accession number 2006.3098.

 

Access Points:

Subject/Names:
Gardena High School

Subject/Topical:
High schools--Alumni and alumnae
High school athletes
High school students-- California
High school student activities

Geographic:
Los Angeles ( Calif.)

Form/Genre:
Yearbooks--1950-2000
Photographs--1950-1960

CONTAINER LISTING

 

Box

Folder

 

 

 

Series 1, School Publications, 1953-1956

1

1

Lark, 1952 November 14; 1953 January 23; 1953 February 6; 1953 February 13; 1953 February 20

 

2

Lark, 1953 February 27; 1953 March 6; 1953 March 13; 1953 March 20; 1953 March 27

 

3

Lark, 1953 April 10; 1953 April 17; 1953 April 24; 1953 May 1; 1953 May 8

 

4

Lark, 1953 May 15; 1953 May 22; 1953 May 29; 1953 June 5; 1953 June 12

 

5

Lark, 1953 October 2; 1953 October 9; 1953 October 16; 1953 October 23; 1953 October 30

 

6

Lark, 1953 November 6; 1953 November 13; 1953 November 25; 1953 December 4; 1953 December 11

 

7

Lark, 1953 December 18; 1954 January 15; 1954 January 22; 1954 January 29; 1954 February 5

 

8

Lark, 1954 February 11; 1954 February 19; 1954 February 26; 1954 March 5; 1954 March 19

 

9

Lark, 1954 March 26; 1954 April 9; 1954 April 27; 1954 April 30

 

10

Lark, 1954 May 7; 1954 May 14; 1954 May 21; 1954 May 28; 1954 June 4

 

11

Lark, 1954 June 11; 1954 September 24; 1954 October 1; 1954 October 8; 1954 October 15

 

12

Lark, 1954 October 22; 1954 October 29; 1954 November 5; 1954 November 12; 1954 November 24

 

13

Lark, 1954 December 3; 1954 December 10; 1954 December 17; 1955 January 7; 1955 January 14

 

14

Lark, 1955 January 21; 1955 January 28; 1955 February 11; 1955 February 19; February 25, 1955

 

15

Lark, 1955 March 4; 1955 March 11; 1955 March 18; 1955 March 25; 1955 April 1

 

16

Lark, 1955 April 15; 1955 April 22; 1955 April 28; 1955 May 6; 1955 May 13

 

17

Lark, 1955 May 20; 1955 May 27; 1955 June 3; 1955 June 10; 1955 September 30

 

18

Lark, 1955 October 7; 1955 October 14; 1955 October 21; 1955 October 28; 1955 November 4

 

19

Lark, 1955 November 11; 1955 November 18; 1955 December 2; 1955 December 9;1955 December 16

 

20

Lark, 1956 January 6; 1956 January 13; 1956 January 20; 1956 January 27; 1956 March 9

2

1

El Arador, 1953

 

2

El Arador, 1954

 

3

El Arador, 1955

 

4

El Arador, 1956

 

5

Football programs, 1954 October 1; 1954 October 8; 1954 October 15; 1954 October 22; 1954 October 29; 1954 November 5; 1954 November 12; 1954 November 19

3

 

Copies of school newspaper, 1953-1956

 

 

Series 2, Photographs, 1953, 1955, 1956, undated

2

6

Social activities for El Arador, 1953, undated

 

7

Football team, 1953, undated

 

8

Bob Wobbrock, 1953, undated

 

9

Students, undated

 

10

Track races, 1955

1

21

Winter class, 1956

 

 

Series 3, Documents, 1953-1956

2

11

Athletic certificates, 1953-1956, undated

 

 

Diploma, 1956

 

 

 

 

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