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Exchange Club of San Jose Scrapbooks
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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: Exchange Club of San Jose Scrapbooks
    Dates: 1950-1958
    Collection Number: 2021-13
    Extent: 15 scrapbooks (approx. 4 linear feet)
    Online items available
    Repository: History San Jose Research Library
    San Jose, California 95112
    Abstract: Scrapbooks created by the Exchange Club of San Jose documenting the organization's community service projects in the 1950s.
    Language of Material: English


    The scrapbooks are available to the public for research by appointment. In addition, they have been photographed and are available to view on the Internet Archive.

    Publication Rights

    Because the scrapbooks have been created using third-party content such as newspaper clippings and commercial photography, History San Jose does not claim to own copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    Exchange Club of San Jose Scrapbooks. History San Jose Research Library

    Acquisition Information

    Donated to History San Jose in 2021 by one of the Club's members.

    Biography/Administrative History

    The Exchange Club of San Jose was formed in 1949 and is still active. According to the club's website, "The history of the organization dates back to the 1900s when a group of businessmen began meeting for lunch to exchange business leads and information. When the club formally organized in 1911, the name Exchange was chosen because of this exchange of information. Exchange became a national organization in 1917 and established its headquarters in Toledo, Ohio. This club was established in San Jose in 1949 as a downtown service club."

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The scrapbooks contain photographs, newspaper clippings, and correspondence documenting the Exchange Club's major community outreach activities, including the annual Model Airplane Meet, National Crime Prevention Week, Sunshine Special (a one-day camp for disadvantaged children at Camp Campbell in the Santa Cruz Mountains), Civics Week, Toys for Tots (Christmas toy drive), and social activities and conventions. The largest amount of material is related to Toys for Tots.