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Finding aid of the Sempervirens Club of California Records
1979-2628  
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Description
The Sempervirens Club Records document the activities of the Club from its inception in 1900 to the early 1960's. The Sempervirens Club was founded to save old growth Redwoods in Santa Cruz Mountains of California. The lobbying efforts of the Club resulting in the creation of Big Basin State Park. The Records also document many activities of Sempervirens founder and professional photographer and painter Andrew Putnam Hill of San Jose California.
Background
Andrew Putnam Hill was a San Jose artist and photographer who is credited with saving the old growth redwoods of Big Basin, located in the Santa Cruz Mountains of the California central coast area. Hill first saw the big trees of the redwood forest in 1899 when he was hired to photograph them for a magazine story. When he learned that they were to be logged he was inspired to work to prevent their destruction. From then on, much of his life was devoted to the cause of preserving the redwoods and to the creation of a public park at Big Basin.
Extent
6 linear feet (12 boxes and 1 oversized folder)
Restrictions
History San Jose; can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claims of the copyright holder. Permission to copy or publish any portion of History San Jose;'s collection must be given by History San Jose;.
Availability
The collection is open for research.