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King (Thomas M.) Papers
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  • Arrangement
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  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical History
  • Scope and Contents
  • Related Materials
  • Processing Information

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
    Title: Thomas (Tom) M. King Papers
    creator: King, Thomas M., 1940-
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2000.11.30
    Physical Description: 3 boxes
    Physical Description: 1.251 Linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1971-1995 (bulk 1972-1974)
    Abstract: The Thomas M. King Papers consists of documents and slides related to King's historic preservation work in San Jose, perticularly as it relates to the San Jose Survey of Historic and Archaeological Sites, which was conducted from 1973-1974.
    Language of Material: English


    The collection is arranged in two series: I. Historic Preservation Work, arranged alphabetically by subject and format; and II. San Jose Survey of Historical and Archaeological Sites, arranged alphabetically by name of neighborhood.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jose State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    Thomas (Tom) M. King papers, MSS-2000-11-30, San Jose State University Library Special Collections and Archives.

    Biographical History

    Tom M. King was born in Colusa County, California in 1940. King moved to San Jose in 1971, where he became involved in historic preservation. In 1974, he received his Master's Degree in Historic Urban Geography from San Jose State University. King's interest in historic preservation led him to coordinate and conduct the San Jose Survey of Historic & Archaeological Sites (SJSHAS) between 1973 and 1974. King's efforts resulted in the first comprehensive inventory of historic places completed in San Jose. He later completed a similar survey of the city of Campbell while working for the Campbell City Historical Museum.
    King founded the Victorian Preservation Association of Santa Clara in 1974; organized and operated annual historic downtown bus tours at the San Jose Tapestry in Talent Festivals from 1976-1990; served as President of the Luther Burbank Neighborhood Community Council; served on the board of the Preservation Action Council of San Jose for ten years; worked with the San Jose Historic Landmark Commission; and acted as an advisor to Santa Clara County Supervisor Rod Diridon. King also taught high school in the local area, as well as worked as a professional tour guide.

    Scope and Contents

    In November of 2000, Tom M. King donated his papers to San Jose State University. This collection documents King's personal and professional commitment to historic preservation in San Jose from 1971 to 1995. The bulk of the collection relates to the San Jose Survey of Historic & Archaeological Sites (SJSHAS), a city-sponsored project undertaken by King from 1972-1974. This project resulted in the first complete inventory of historic buildings in San Jose, and included detailed records of buildings and homes by planning district. King began advocating this project while pursuing his graduate studies at San Jose State University. He coordinated and administered the operation of the SJSHAS survey and organized a volunteer staff. Other materials in this collection include details of King's various activities with other historic preservation organizations throughout the San Jose area.

    Related Materials

    Rugeroni, Carla. A Description of the Classification Scheme for the Records of the San Jose Visual Inventory of Historic and Archaeological Sites. Thesis #498. 1974.

    Processing Information

    Processing completed by Jennifer E. Johnson, 2006. EAD encoding by Jennifer E. Johnson, 2006. Reviewed by Danelle Moon, 2006. Accruals were added to Series I by Stephanie Watson, July 2016. Accurals were added to Series II by Samira Habibi in April 2017.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Architecture -- California -- San Jose -- Inventories
    Historic Buildings -- California -- San Jose -- Inventories
    Historic preservation -- California -- San Jose
    San Jose (Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Inventories
    Historic Landmarks Commission (San Jose, Calif.)
    King, Thomas M., 1940-