OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION
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.
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
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.