This collection documents the two-term administration of Susan Hammer, who served as Mayor of San Jose between the years 1990
and 1998. She is known for her commitment to improving public safety, education, and access to the arts. The collection
consists of administrative files, press and publicity, awards, photographs, videotapes, correspondence, and other memorabilia
collected primarily during Hammer's mayoralty. Also included are the files of the Protocol Office created during the term
of Hammer's predecessor, Tom McEnery. The collection highlights Hammer's involvement in San Jose community and economic development.
Susan Walker Hammer was born in Altadena, California in 1938. She spent her childhood in neighboring Monrovia, where she
lived in a house built by her grandparents. Her father, Jim Walker managed an insurance agency he co-owned with Hammer's maternal
grandmother, Prairie Krutzch. Hammer's mother, Katrine Walker was a stay-at-home mother and community activist.
22 cartons, 1 box, 2 flat boxes
48 linear feet
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The collection is open for research.