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Guide to the Ernie Renzel Papers
2008-29  
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Box No. 2

Series 1. Santa Clara Grand Jury 1970

Physical Description: 1 folder and 2 items

Series Scope and Content Summary

Grand Jury Final Report, letterhead, Committee reports, minutes. A scrapbook documents jury business, attendance records, and includes hand-written farewells from all of the Jury members.
This series is arranged chronologically.
Box No. 2

Series 2. San Jose City Planning 1944-1965

Physical Description: 1 folder and 2 items

Series Scope and Content Summary

Santa Clara County Master Plan of Governmental Building Site Location (1949); History of the 1944 City Council Election; City Council and City Planning Commission Meeting Minutes (1944); City Planning Commission Progress Reports (1945, 1946); Report on Traffic Control in the San Jose Central Business District (1947); Opinion in the Case of Higgins vs. Lynch et al, filed Jan. 29, 1945; City Manager's News Bulletin (August 1947); Charter of the City of San Jose (May 1965), amended June 1966; "San Jose: A Course for Continued Progress" (1965).
This series is arranged chronologically.
Box Nos. 2-4

Series 3. San Jose City Records 1944-1946

Physical Description: 13 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

These appear to be Renzel's own copies from his term as Councilman and Mayor. Some contain hand-written notes and doodles. The series is arranged chronologically, has been indexed by title and date, and includes three sub series:
  • Sub series 3.1. San Jose City Council Ordinances, July 1944 – June 1946. 1 folder.
  • Sub series 3.2. City Council Resolutions, 1944-1946. 3 folders.
  • Sub series 3.3. Minutes, 1944-1948. 8 folders.
Box No. 1

Series 4. San Jose Airport 1944-1946

Physical Description: 2 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

These appear to be Renzel's own copies from his term as Councilman and Mayor. Some contain hand-written notes and doodles. The series is arranged chronologically and includes two sub series.
Planning and History comprises promises to support and campaign in favor of airport bond; history of San Jose Airport; "Vote Yes" campaign flyer; San Jose Municipal Airport Newsletter; Correspondence regarding airport operating budget; map of proposed municipal airport; aerial map of San Jose Municipal Airport; Program for Dedication Ceremonies; James Nissen correspondence with Renzel; 1977 Flight Schedule
Recognition for Renzel's work includes a commemorative plaque; James Nissen obituary; Nissen/Renzel correspondence; The Clubhouse News; congratulatory correspondence; Jenifer Renzel speeches to Airport Commission and San Jose City Council; City of San Jose Commendation.
  • Sub series 4.1. Planning and History, 1939-1977. 1 folder.
  • Sub series 4.2. Recognition, 1994-2007. 1 folder.
Box No. 1

Series 5. Kelley Park Development 1951-1991

Physical Description: 3 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

Map of original Kelley Park allotment. Gerrye Wong correspondence. Bills of sale, receipts, inventories for the Lewis D. Bohnett collection.
  • Sub series 5.1. Kelley Park General, 1951. 1 folder.
  • Sub series 5.2. Chinese Historical and Cultural Project, 1989-1991. 1 folder.
  • Sub series 5.3. Lewis D. Bohnett Collection Acquisition, 1965. 1 folder.
Box Nos. 1, 5, 6

Series 6. Personal History 1900-2007

Physical Description: 3 folders and 1 box

Series Scope and Content Summary

Included in personal history are Renzel’s 82 photographs, his scrapbooks, certificates and awards (1921-2000), newspaper profiles and obituaries, and one book, History of the Rotary Club of San Jose. Renzel maintained four scrapbooks covering the 1944 election, politics and planning during his time on the City Council, and then following his own accomplishments and San Jose politics through the 1970s. Included in one scrapbook are a Progress Committee campaign poster, sample ballot and results from the 1944 San Jose Municipal Election. His service awards are included, as are his elementary school and high school diplomas, and certificates related to his wholesale business, Stanford athletics career and travel to the Magellan Strait and Antarctica.
Renzel’s photographs range from turn of the century through 2007, and include many black and white images documenting the history of the San Jose Municipal Airport, as well as color images of the ceremonies honoring Renzel’s airport accomplishments and several images of the Renzel wholesale business.
This series is arranged chronologically.
Box Nos. 1, 6

Series 7. Misc. Ephemera and Objects various

Physical Description: 1 box and 8 objects

Series Scope and Content Summary

Includes two postcards of downtown San Jose, c. 1960; a mounted advertisement for Keystone Co. Coffee, a photocopy of a photo of the Keystone Co., a campaign pamphlet to support the Government Center at First & Rosa, and a hand-sketched poster given to Renzel to celebrate his airport accomplishments. Eight objects are in the collection: a painting, two carvings, one trivet, one coffee cup, one commemorative plate, one whiskey jug, and a San Jose High School campaign button.
This series is arranged chronologically.