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History San Jose Research Library
1650 Senter Road
San Jose, California 95110
Phone: (408) 287-2290
Email: research@historysanjose.org
Collections with online items: 15
Physical collections: 97
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Aiken (William Ross) Papers 1944-2007

Professional papers regarding inventions and patents, with some personal papers. Of particular interest are Aiken's original research journals. The collection contains photographs, photographic negatives, and a biography of Kurt von Tauchendorf, Aiken's patent attorney, written jointly by Aiken and von...

American Association of University Women San Jose Branch Records

Records of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) San Jose Branch, including, but not limited to, membership lists and directories, scrapbooks, notebooks, and photograph albums (1937-2000).

American Institute of Architects Santa Clara Valley Chapter Collection

The collection comprises the Santa Clara Valley Chapter, American Institute of Architects records, including board meeting minutes, newsletters, correspondence, event planning and documentation, scrapbooks, clippings, photographs, exhibit display boards, and design awards documentation. The collection covers the years 1946-2008 with...

Apple Computer, Inc. Technical Drawings

Schematic drawings of the Apple Lisa, Macintosh, Macintosh II, Mac SE computers, "Twiggy" floppy disk drive, and LaserWriter II NT.

Atkinson (Harold) Papers

Small set of papers originally belonging to radio operator Harold Atkinson, including a typed transcript of the broadcast of the championship fight between Carpentier and Dempsey (1921) from the radio telephone installed at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, through...

Bacon (Frank) Records

The Records contain photographs, and five scrapbooks.

Bailey-Fellows House, Carol DeSantis Papers on the

Papers compiled by Carol DeSantis on the history of the Bailey-Fellows House at Calero Ranch, San Jose, California.

Big Basin Park Photograph Album

Album of photographs taken by Andrew Putnam Hill between 1890 and 1920. The majority of photographs feature Big Basin Redwoods State Park, with a small number of the Putnam family and Sempervirens Club. The album is labeled "Mrs. Hill Sr....

Bud Howe’s Garage Records

This collection Includes business records, shop manuals, automobile ephemera, automobile related periodicals, personal papers, photographs, and other items

Budde Family Papers and Photographs

Papers and family photographs of the Budde family of San Jose, California.

Bulmore (Laurence E.) Photographs of New Almaden

Original glass negatives, prints, and copy prints of New Almaden Quicksilver Mines, taken by Robert R. Bulmore and Dr. S. E. Winn (1880-1900); as well as later photographs of the filling of New Almaden Reservoir, created in 1936, and accompanying...

Camp Fire USA Greater Bay Area Chapter Records

Camp Fire USA Greater Bay Area Chapter organizational records, photographs and ephemera.

Clarke (Arthur L.) Collection of Drawings and Photographs

Cartoon illustrations and photographs of friends and co-workers collected by newspaper editor Arthur L. Clarke.

Council of Churches of Santa Clara County Records

Records of the the Council of Churches of Santa Clara County.

Cunningham (Florence) Collection

Florence Cunningham was a local Saratoga historian, whose collection includes notebooks documenting her travels in the Sierras, Yellowstone and western United States with notes on wildlife and plants. Much of her correspondence is to various people regarding historical research. Also...

de Forest (Lee and Marie) Papers

Papers of electronics inventor, radio and film pioneer Lee de Forest and his fourth wife, Marie Mosquini de Forest. Collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, sketches and diagrams, notebooks, patents, memoirs, patent notes and legal papers, scrapbooks, speeches, poems, photographs, and articles...

Del Monte Corporation, Sohm Collection on

Materials collected by Olin Sohm during his tenure in the Industrial Relations Department at Del Monte Corporation, headquartered in San Francisco; and Joseph P. Sohm, retired Quality Control Manager at Del Monte Plant 51 in San Jose, California.

DeRome (Albert Walton) Papers

Correspondence, manuscripts, notes, advertisements, and extensive photographs documenting urban renewal and redevelopment efforts in San Jose, California, during the late 1960s to early 1990s.

Dettenhamer Family Collection

The Dettenhamer family owned an orchard business in San Jose, California. The collection is a compilation of their correspondence, immigration papers, family photographs, and business ledgers, some in German.

Dudes and Dolls Square Dancing Club Photographs and Records

Photographs, anniversary scrapbook, and membership lists of San Jose's Dudes and Dolls Square Dancing Club, founded in 1951.

Eberhart (Roland) Collection

The collection comprises the personal papers of Roland Eberhart from 1909 to 1967. A substantial portion is Eberhart's correspondence with the many friends, acquaintances and professional contacts he made through his poetry, his years at Stanford, his teaching career and...

Ekstrand (Kasia) Photographs of San Jose

Photographic prints and negatives documenting the storefronts and streets of downtown San Jose, California, taken by Kasia Ekstrand in 2002.

Elliott (Harold F.) Papers

Correspondence, technical drawings, computations, patent materials, photographs, sketches and notes regarding electrical engineer's Harold F. Elliott's prolific work as an inventor of various radio apparatus and as a consulting engineer with companies such as the Federal Telegraph Company, the Galvin...

Farrell (Harry) Papers

Material accumulated by author and journalist Harry Farrell during his research for books Shallow Grave in Trinity County (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1997) and Swift Justice: Murder and Vengeance in a California Town (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1992)...

Federal Telegraph Company, Perham Collection on

Reports, scrapbooks, photographs, equipment descriptions and diagrams, and notes regarding the organization of the Poulsen Wireless Telephone and Telegraph Company and subsequently, Federal Telegraph Company. Much of this material was collected by early company electrical technician Douglas M. Perham, and...

Food Machinery Corporation Sales Records and Photographs

Over the course of the 20th. century, Food Machinery Corporation (FMC) grew from a local company producing pump sprayers, into an international manufacturer producing insecticide, war ordinance, and canning machinery. This collection includes catalogs, sales records and photographs of canning...

Freeman (Frank) Papers

Letters from the public, and other reference material collected by Mercury News "Here 'Tis" columnist Frank G. Freeman over the course of his career.

Gelber (Steven) Research Files

Professor Steven Gelber's research files on Santa Clara (California) history and architecture, including 302 slides.

Gilbert (Benjamin F.) Papers

Research materials focusing on local history by San Jose State University professor Dr. Benjamin F. Gilbert.

Goodnight (Dale) Business Records

Business records of Dale Goodnight's custom home business.

Gould (Stan) Papers

Records from San Jose architect Stan Gould, former Vice President of Economic Development.

Harris (Donald B.) Spiratron Papers

Notebooks, patent invention disclosure files, patent photographs, and other assorted papers related to Donald B. Harris's work on the Spiratron tube at General Electric Company.

Harrison (William) Photographic Collection

Collection of portrait photographs by local San Jose, California, studios; portraits of State Normal School at San Jose graduates; a family photograph album including scenes from Yosemite National Park; personal photographs taken at Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon National...

Hawkins (Dick) Collection on San Jose High School

Yearbooks, ephemera, scrapbooks circa 1910-1970 for San Jose High School; materials from City of San Jose Zoning Office Library.

Hayes Family Collection

Assorted scrapbooks, research material, preservation records, manuscripts and television programs related to Mary Hayes Chynoweth, the Hayes Family, and Hayes Mansion.

Hayes Mansion Papers

Papers document efforts circa 1979-1981 to preserve the Hayes Mansion in San Jose, California. Includes grant proposals and related documents, background on the mansion and Mary Hayes Chynoweth, City Council minutes and City Ordinances, records of the Association to Save...

Hill (Fredrick W.) Photographs

Digital images and original negatives of the stagecoaches on Mount Hamilton, Lick Observatory telescope and buildings, and the Hotel Vendome (San Jose, California), taken by Fredrick W. Hill in 1892.

History San José Silicon Valley History Online Collection

The History San José Collection includes photographs, postcards, fruit labels and different types of ephemera.

Hitt (Ben) Papers

Benjamin Hitt (1916-2005) was the Managing Editor for the San Jose Mercury News for over 30 years. The collection is a compilation of his early works, personal photographs, and other mementos.

Hodges (George F.) Collection

This collection contains materials related to the family of George F. Hodges, with a significant contribution of materials from his daughter, Grace Evelyn Wahrer (nee Hodges). Many of the materials relate primarily to the Hodges’ experience in the WWII home...

Hollings (Laurence) Drawings for Frontier Village

Original artist drawings and schematics for Frontier Village amusement park by Laurence N. Hollings.

Hunter (Clifford B.) Collection

This collection consists of photos, correspondence, school yearbooks, publications, and other papers relating to Hunter’s education, businesses activities and genealogy. The bulk of the collection consists of photographs and Hunter’s genealogical research.

Knight (Joseph A.) Collection

Printed ephemera, including stock certificates, reprints, periodicals, and news clippings, regarding Federal Telegraph Company and other electronics ventures, collected by Joseph A. Knight.

Knox (Jessie Juliet) Collection

The Jessie Juliet Knox Papers document the activities of Knox from the mid-1890s to 1912. The records are divided into two series and total .3 linear feet, in one half-size manuscript box and one flat box. Two monographs, authored by...

KNTV Channel 11 News Archive

Local news film (16mm) reels, shot between 1965 and 1980, both silent and with sound, taken by KNTV cameramen. They include black-and-white and color footage, and are accompanied by newscast scripts and film storage logs. The films for 1970-1975 were...

Leib Family Collection

The Leib Family Collection includes family and business correspondence as well as household and business records from Samuel and Lida Leib and their five children.

Leonard (Burrel) Photographs and Fruit Labels

Photographs and fruit labels from the John and Burrel Leonard families, documenting the history of one of Cupertino's ranching families from the 1850s to their management of a prominent canning operation in the early 20th century, and later development of...

Links, Inc. San Jose Chapter Records

Records and photographs documenting the activities of the San Jose Chapter of the Links, Inc., officially initiated on June 6, 1981. According to the Chapter's historical notes, the Chapter began meeting in 1979, after the Peninsula Chapter approached Precida Harris...

Logue (Hollis) Architectural Plans

Architectural drawings and plans by San Jose architect Hollis Logue

Loomis (Patricia) Collection

Loomis's professional work as a San Jose Mercury News journalist, member of the Argonauts Historical Society, and author of several San Jose (Calif.) local history books is documented through correspondence, bylines, research notes, manuscript drafts, and a large collection of...

Mayes (Thorn) Sound Recordings

Sound recordings created by Thorn Mayes as part of his research on early wireless telegraph and radio in the Western United States. Includes one-on-one interviews conducted by Thorn Mayes and Warren Green, talks to the Antique Wireless Association both by...

McCullough (George) QSL Cards

QSL cards from the United States and other countries, received by amateur radio operator George B. McCullough, K6JI.

Mignon (Helen) Collection

The collection includes significant materials, many of them serial publications, relating to the San Jose State Normal School and San Jose State College, the U.S. Food Administration Program in Santa Clara County, and early 20th century maps of San Jose...

Monahan (Thomas) Papers

The papers primarily consist of correspondence generated during Monahan's years as mayor of San Jose, 1912-1914.

Morgan (Jane) Papers

Papers of electronics history author Jane Morgan. Collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, interview notes, reference files, photographs, news clippings and other printed material relating to the development and production of Morgan's book, (Palo Alto, CA: National Press Books, 1967).

Our Paper Newspaper Production Records

Materials relating to the production of Our Paper, a community paper for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Silicon Valley. Includes photographs, layout boards, advertiser art, cartoons, newspaper clippings, periodicals, political campaign records and business records.

Pacific Neighbors Inc. Records

Records and photographs of San Jose's Pacific Neighbors Sister City Program, primarily related to activities with sister cities Okayama, Japan, and San Jose, Costa Rica.

Pathfinders Club of San Jose Records

Club records and photographs documenting the women's group Pathfinders Club of San Jose, especially outdoor recreational outings around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Perham (Douglas M.) Clippings on Early Radio History

Clippings compiled by electronics collector Douglas M. Perham on the history of wireless telegraphy and radio, particularly in the Pacific Region.

Perham Foundation Records

Minimally processed administrative files of the Perham Foundation, received as part of the Perham Collection of Early Electronics in 2003. The Perham Foundation operated the Foothill College Electronics Museum in Los Altos Hills, California, between 1973 and 1991.

Perham History Files

The Perham History Files were first created by Douglas M. Perham and continued by the Perham Foundation and Foothills Electronics Museum. The collection served as a quick reference file regarding people, companies, apparatus, and events relating to the history of...

Pioneer Women's Club Records

The Pioneer Women’s Club records document the activities of the club from its inception in 1911 to mid-1940. The records consist of six books which records the monthly minutes of the club and total .2 linear feet in one box.

Plate (Harry) Collection: The Rikers and Holy City, 1900-1970

Harry Plate, journalist and writer, served as Associate Editor of the Sunday magazine section of the He subsequently moved to Arizona. These files were compiled in 1970 to support what Plate intended to be a series of three feature articles...

Renzel (Ernie) Papers 1900-2007

Renzel's personal papers, including diplomas, personal and professional certificates, awards, San Jose City records and Santa Clara County public documents. The bulk of the papers relate to Renzel's term as San Jose City Councilman and Mayor, his role in developing...

Reports on Fairchild Semiconductor Corp. and IBM Groundwater Contamination in South San Jose

Technical and administrative reports, including correspondence, related to groundwater contamination and subsequent restoration efforts at the IBM General Products Division (5600 Cottle Road) and Fairchild Semiconductor Corp. South San Jose plant.

Robinson & Crandall Lantern Slides

Collection of approximately 93 lantern slides created by Robinson and Crandall of Palo Alto, California, apparently for the Stanford University Electrical Engineering Department.

San Jose Cemetery Records 1859-1994

History San Jose maintains an extensive collection of records relating to the Oak Hill Memorial Park (Oak Hill Cemetery) as well as some information on Santa Clara Mission Cemetery and other memorial parks in the immediate area. Collection includes a...

San Jose Cemetery Records 1859-1994

History San Jose maintains an extensive collection of records relating to the Oak Hill Memorial Park (Oak Hill Cemetery) as well as some information on Santa Clara Mission Cemetery and other memorial parks in the immediate area. Collection includes a...

San Jose Hospital Records

San Jose Hospital, and San Jose Hospital Nursing School records, including photographs and scrapbooks.

San Jose Mercury News Collection

San Jose Mercury News clippings file and bound volumes of the Daily Mercury and Weekly Mercury

San Jose Mercury News Negatives of Sporting Events

Sets of negatives taken by San Jose Mercury News staff photographers at local sports events.

San Jose Planning Commission Aerial Photographs

Aerial photographs of road intersections and neighborhoods in San Jose, California, taken by the San Jose Planning Commission.

San Jose Repertory Theatre Records

San Jose Repertory Theatre, or "The Rep," was founded in 1980 by James P. Reber, the first resident professional theater company in San Jose. The Rep's opening production of Noel Coward's 'Private Lives' was well received and was followed by...

San Jose Symphony Records

Records of the San Jose Symphony, which operated between 1878 and 2001 in San Jose, California. The collection includes business records, scrapbooks and programs, photographs, press clippings, and recordings of performances.

San Jose-Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant Records

Records of the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant in Alviso, California, including documentation regarding the transfer of Zanker House to History Park in San Jose, California.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps 1884-1968

Maps by the Sanborn Map Company for the cities of San Jose and Santa Clara in hardcopy and microfilm.

Santa Clara County Coroner's Inquests 1850-1930

Records of causes of death in Santa Clara County.

Santa Clara County Great Registers 1867-1904

Great Registers are books listing registered male voters in Santa Clara County.

Santa Clara County Marriage Licenses 1849-1946

Collection of marriage licenses issued in Santa Clara County, Calif. The bulk of the licenses date from 1850-1914.

Santa Clara County Probate Records 1850-1913

Original documents of legal proceedings following the death of an individual that include a description of the property of the deceased. Some probates also include guardianships of minors.

Santa Clara County Real Estate Records 1850-1952

Original documents for property ownership in Santa Clara County, California. The bulk of the records date from 1850-1906.

Santa Clara County Subdivision Maps 1930-1970

Large bound volumes of plat maps of subdivisions throughout Santa Clara County (Calif.).

Santa Clara County Wills 1849-1912

Index to and Santa Clara County Will Books A to C, E to P.

The Schneider (Jimmy) and Bulmore (Robert) Collection of New Almaden Mine Materials

The New Almaden Mine Collection (Bulmore) contains documents dating from 1850 to 1976. The materials, measuring 15.5 linear feet are housed in 18 boxes and are arranged in 8 series: Administrative, Miners and Miners' Fund, Ledgers, Printed Materials, Research Files...

Seefred (Howard C. and Lyndon F.) Papers

Log books, licenses, photographs and other assorted material related to amateur radio from brothers Lyndon F. and Howard C. Seefred, who operated station 6EA in Los Angeles, California.

Sempervirens Club of California Records

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...

Slonaker (Harry E.) Papers

Papers contain both personal papers and administrative records. Personal papers include Slonaker family genealogical materials, correspondence, mementos, photo albums, and wedding anniversary keepsakes. Administrative records and other materials related to the Slonaker School in San Jose, Boys Brotherhood, HESA, Boys...

Soroptimist International of San Jose Records

Includes the membership rosters, by-laws, programs of activities, event programs, newsletters, minutes, scrapbooks, photograph albums, and other assorted records of the Soroptimist Club of San Jose, also known as Soroptimist International of San Jose.

Spanish-Mexican Records of the San Jose Pueblo

Founded in 1777 as El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe, the City of San José was the first civil settlement established in Alta California under Spanish dominion. These 6,000 original manuscript pages span the founding of the pueblo site...

Spratt (Frederick) Collection

Papers of artist, San Jose State University professor, and gallery owner, Frederick Spratt. Collection includes personal correspondence, academic papers, grade books, gallery files, artist files, slides, articles, calendars, photos and family memorabilia.

Sullivan (Leo) Papers

Papers of violinist and theater orchestra leader Leo Sullivan, documenting vaudeville theater in San Francisco and San Jose, California, in the early 20th century.

Thornberg (Royden) Papers

Papers of Royden "Roy" Thornberg, telegrapher, radio operator, inventor, and proprietor of the Thornberg Electrical Works on Natoma Street in San Francisco, California. Includes business records, radio operator materials, reference notebooks with research on electricity, electrical and mechanical equipment, and...

To Kalon Club Records

Records of the To Kalon Women's Club of San Jose

To Kalon Women's Club Records

Records of San Jose To Kalon Women's Club

Walker (Esther) Papers

Personal papers and photographs of San Jose Mercury journalist Esther Walker, including expense account records, correspondence, news copy, research notes, clippings, and publicity photographs of fashion designers circa 1978-1980.

Zurilgen, H. W. Collection on Roy N. Francis

News clippings, photographs, publications and other materials regarding early Santa Clara County aviator Roy Francis.