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Finding aid for the West Valley College Early History and Development File
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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: West Valley College early history and development file
    Dates: 1959-1973
    Collector: West Valley College
    Collection Size: 2.5 linear feet. Online items available
    Repository: West Valley College Library
    Saratoga, CA 95070
    Abstract: This file includes documents and photographs from the founding and early history of West Valley College.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English
    Digitized collection materials available online.


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

    Preferred Citation

    West Valley College early history and development file, Courtesy of the West Valley College Library.

    Acquisition Information

    The majority of the photographs had been stored in the Carlson House prior to 1998. Some of the information and photographs may have come from the Community Education office or Public Information Office.

    Biography / Administrative History

    The West Valley Joint Community College District was formed in January of 1963 when voters approved creation of the district after a countywide master plan for community college education had been designed in 1962. At that time it was comprised of the Campbell Union, Los Gatos-Saratoga high school districts and the Santa Clara Unified School District. Doors opened for classes in fall 1964 at the Campbell campus. In early 1966, a 143-acre site in Saratoga was purchased for what would become the permanent campus for West Valley College and the District offices. Groundbreaking for the first campus building began in June 1967. The second campus in the College District, Mission College, began with the acquisition of 12 acres in Santa Clara and eventually grew to be a 164-acre site. Mission College was temporarily located at Jefferson Intermediate School from 1975 to 1979. With the completion of the first building phase in the fall of 1979, the new Mission College campus opened its doors to students. In September 1985, the name of the District was changed from the West Valley Joint Community College District to West Valley-Mission Community College District (WVMCCD).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This file contains a collection of documents and photographs (mostly unidentified, various sizes, mostly black and white) from the founding and early history of West Valley College. Included are folders with documents and photos pertaining to: West Valley College founding and early history 1959-1970; early demographics; Mission College site; and early publications. Also included are photographs from the Campbell campus during the 1960s (art, blood drive, buildings, business, child development, commencement, drafting, surveying, model building, drama, electronics, fashion design, hospitality management, humanities and fine arts, journalism, nursing, public hearings, science, sports, and student life). Additionally included are documents and photographs specific to the Saratoga Campus history, development, and construction through 1973.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    West Valley College
    West Valley-Mission Community College District
    West Valley College--History
    West Valley-Mission Community College District--History
    West Valley College--Buildings
    West Valley College--Photographs