Exchange Club of San Jose Scrapbooks

Finding aid created by History San Jose Research Library staff using RecordEXPRESS
History San Jose Research Library
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San Jose, California 95112
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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.