Dale Goodnight Business Records

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History San Jose Research Library
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San Jose, California 95110
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Dale Goodnight Business Records
Dates: 1949-1983
Collection Number: 2015-42
Creator/Collector: Dale Goodnight
Extent: 1 linear foot (1 box)
Repository: History San Jose Research Library
San Jose, California 95110
Abstract: Business records of Dale Goodnight's custom home business.
Language of Material: English


Collection is open to the public for research by appointment with the Curator of Library and Archives.

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Preferred Citation

Dale Goodnight Business Records. History San Jose Research Library

Acquisition Information

Collection was donated to History San Jose in June 2015.

Biography/Administrative History

J. Dale Goodnight graduated from San Jose High School in 1932 and San Jose State University in 1938. He received his teaching certificate in 1941 and taught Industrial Arts in two local schools. He learned the building trade from his father, who was a carpenter, and began building custom homes in 1946. He retired as a building contractor in 1979, and passed away on April 15, 1989.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists mainly of Goodnight's ledgers for each calendar year, listing expenses paid for each housing project. The most complete ledger set comprises the years 1960-1980. Income tax records for the years 1962 through 1967 are also included.