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Burrel Leonard Photographs and Fruit Labels
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Burrel Leonard Photographs and Fruit Labels
    Dates: 1900-1983 (bulk 1920-1945)
    Collection Number: 2003-22
    Creator/Collector: Leonard, Burrel (1911-2000)
    Extent: 4.5 linear feet
    Online items available
    Repository: History San Jose Research Library
    San Jose, California 95110
    Abstract: 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 their land into the Vallco Fashion Mall, one of the first shopping malls in the South Bay Area.
    Language of Material: English


    The materials are available for researchers by appointment through the Curator of Library and Archives.

    Publication Rights

    The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgement, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Burrel Leonard Photographs and Fruit Labels. History San Jose Research Library

    Acquisition Information

    Gift to History San Jose in 2003 by the Estate of Burrel Leonard

    Biography/Administrative History

    According to Mary Lou Lyon’s “Early Cupertino” (Arcadia Publishing : San Francisco, 2006), Leonard Burrel was the only child of John Leonard, son-in-law of Margaret C. Glendenning Burrell, and his wife Grace. Leonard was born January 12, 1911, and attended local schools, graduating from Stanford University. He worked with his father John at the family’s fruit ranch, where they produced and sold prunes and apricots to Gerber Baby Food. In 1964, Leonard sold 100 acres of his ranch to Varian Associates, the foundation of the Vallco business park, named for its primary developers: Varian and Leonard, as well as the Lester, Craft, and Orlando families. Leonard served as President of Vallco Park, Ltd. The business park was later developed into Vallco Fashion Park, which opened in 1976. Leonard passed away in December 2000.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Three linear feet of photographs depict workers and operations at the John Leonard prune and apricot orchards and processing locations in and around Cupertino in Santa Clara Valley, California; the opening of Vallco Fashion Park in 1976; several images of Hewlett-Packard buildings in Cupertino; and a small amount of Glendenning/Leonard family photographs. Also included are 1.5 linear feet of “Leonard’s prepared prunes” labels. Related collections in local repositories are The California Western Americana Collection (Cupertino Library, 10800 Torre Avenue Cupertino, CA 95014) and the Glendenning and Leonard files (Cupertino Historical Society, 10185 N. Stelling Road, Cupertino, CA 95014).

    Indexing Terms

    Fruit trade--California--Santa Clara County
    Leonard, John
    Glendenning family
    Leonard family
    Vallco Shopping Mall (Cupertino, Calif.)
    Cupertino (Calif.)
    photograph albums
    crate labels
    can labels