Guide to the Thomas (Tom) M. King Papers

SJSU Library Special Collections and Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San Jose State University
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San Jose, CA 95192-0028
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Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Thomas (Tom) M. King Papers

Collection number: MSS-2000-11



SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

San José State University

One Washington Square

San José, CA 95192-0028

Phone: (408) 808-2062

Fax: (408) 808-2063

Email: special.collections@sjsu.edu

URL: http://library.sjsu.edu/sjsu-special-collections/sjsu-special-collections-and-archives
Processed by:
Jennifer E. Johnson
Date Completed:
2006
Encoded by:
Jennifer E. Johnson
© 2006 Trustees of the California State University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Thomas (Tom) M. King papers
Dates: 1971-1995
Bulk Dates: 1972-1974
Collection number: MSS-2000-11
Collection Size: 2 boxes 1.2 linear feet
Repository: San Jose State University. Library.
San Jose, California 95192-0028
Abstract: The Thomas (Tom) M. King Papers document King's commitment to historic preservation in San Jose, California. The bulk of the collection documents King's work with the San Jose Survey of Historic & Archaeological Sites from 1973 to 1974, which resulted in the first complete inventory of historic buildings in San Jose, and included detailed records of buildings and homes by planning district. The collection also highlights King's work with several other historic preservation projects in San Jose.
Physical location: Vault 1, Range 20B
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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, San Jose State University Library Special Collections and Archives.

Processing Information

Processing completed by Jennifer E. Johnson, 2006. EAD encoding by Jennifer E. Johnson, 2006. Reviewed by Danelle Moon, 2006.

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 Content of Collection

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. 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 records include details of King's various activities with other historic preservation organizations throughout the San Jose area. The collection is arranged in one series, consisting of clippings, correspondence, inventories, maps, photographs, reports, and university coursework.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in one series, consisting of clippings, correspondence, inventories, maps, photographs, reports, and university coursework.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Architecture--California--San Jose--Inventories
Historic Buildings--California--San Jose
Historic buildings--California--San Jose--Inventories
Historic preservation--California--San Jose
San Jose (Calif.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Inventories
San Jose (Calif.). Historic Landmarks Commission


Collection Contents

 

Series I:  Historic Preservation Work 1971-1995 1972-1974

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Series Scope and Content

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. The SJSHAS Survey Results comprise the bulk of the collection, and are arranged by San Jose planning area districts. This portion of the collection contains detailed information about each property surveyed, including photographs, architectural information, and ratings. The remainder of the collection documents the various contributions King made to several other local historic preservation projects.
Researchers interested in San Jose land-use history, as well as the growth of the historic preservation movement in San Jose, will find this collection very useful. King worked diligently to ensure that the people of San Jose remained connected to their community history, and strived to communicate the environmental benefits of historic preservation as well. This series chronicles King's work in this field, which yielded San Jose's first comprehensive historic property inventory, annual tours of San Jose's historic downtown, and organized campaigns to save local landmarks. The contents in this series document King's desire to bring awareness to the issue of historic preservation. The series includes clippings, correspondence, inventories, maps, photographs, reports, and university coursework.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically by subject and format, then by date. Contents within folders are arranged chronologically.
Box/Folder 1/1-1/7

Historic Preservation Projects-General 1971-1995

Box/Folder 1/1

Biographical Data after 1971

Box/Folder 1/2

Clippings & Promotional Materials circa 1975-1977

Box/Folder 1/3

Correspondence 1975-1977

Box/Folder 1/4

Meeting Documentation 1974-1995

Box/Folder 1/5

Project Documentation-Historic Bus Tours 1972-1990

Box/Folder 1/6

Project Documentation-Murphy Building circa 1973-1976

Box/Folder 1/7

University Coursework 1972-1974

Box/Folder 1/8-2/51

San Jose Survey of Historic & Archaeological Sites 1972-1995

Box/Folder 1/8

City Government Proceedings 1973-1974

Box/Folder 1/9

Clippings & Promotional Materials circa 1973-1977

Box/Folder 1/10

Correspondence 1973-1974

Box/Folder 1/11

Financial Records 1973

Box/Folder 1/12

Maps 1972-1975

Box/Folder 1/13-1/17

Planning Documentation 1972-1995

Box/Folder 1/13

circa 1973

Box/Folder 1/14

1972-1974 1 of 2

Box/Folder 1/15

1972-1974 2 of 2

Box/Folder 1/16

1974

Box/Folder 1/17

1995

Box/Folder 1/18

Progress Reports 1973-1974

Box/Folder 1/19

Publishing Materials 1974-1975

Box/Folder 1/20

Survey Evaluation Forms, Blank after 1972

Box/Folder 1/21-2/38

Survey Results-Central San Jose 1973-1974

Box/Folder 1/21

Bascom-Hamilton 1973

Box/Folder 1/22

Bird 1973

Box/Folder 1/23

Burbank 1973

Box/Folder 1/24

College Park 1973-1974

Box/Folder 1/25

Cook-Branham Addition 1973

Box/Folder 1/26

East Side 1973

Box/Folder 1/27

Hester-Hanchett 1973

Box/Folder 1/28

Hyde Park-North 1973

Box/Folder 1/29

Lick-Goodyear Tracts 1973

Box/Folder 1/30

Naglee Park 1973-1974

Box/Folder 1/31

Old Willow Glen 1973

Box/Folder 2/32

Original Survey-Central A 1973

Box/Folder 2/33

Reed Addition 1973

Box/Folder 2/34

Rosegarden 1973

Box/Folder 2/35

Sunol-Los Coches 1973

Box/Folder 2/36

Vendome-Ryland 1973

Box/Folder 2/37

Western Addition 1973

Box/Folder 2/38

White Addition 1973-1974

Box/Folder 2/39-2/51

Survey Results-Central San Jose 1973-1974

Box/Folder 2/39

Almaden 1973

Box/Folder 2/40

Alum Rock 1973-1974

Box/Folder 2/41

Alviso 1973

Box/Folder 2/42

Berryessa 1973

Box/Folder 2/43

Calero 1973

Box/Folder 2/44

Coyote 1973

Box/Folder 2/45

Edenvale 1973

Box/Folder 2/46

Evergreen 1973

Box/Folder 2/47

North San Jose 1973

Box/Folder 2/48

San Felipe 1973

Box/Folder 2/49

South San Jose 1973

Box/Folder 2/50

West Valley 1973-1974

Box/Folder 2/51

Willow Glen 1973