Guide to the Thomas (Tom) M. King Papers MSS.2000.11.30

Jennifer E. Johnson
SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0028

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
Title: Thomas (Tom) M. King Papers
creator: King, Thomas M., 1940-
Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2000.11.30
Physical Description: 4 boxes (2 linear feet)
Date (inclusive): 1971-2006
Abstract: The Thomas M. King Papers includes materials related to King's historic preservation work in San Jose, perticularly as it relates to the San Jose Survey of Historic and Archaeological Sites; and various edited manuscripts of King's published work History of San Jose Quakers, West Coast Friends: based on Joel Bean's diaries in Iowa and California.
Language of Material: English


The collection is arranged in three series: Series I. Historic Preservation Work, which is arranged alphabetically by subject and format; Series II. San Jose Survey of Historical and Archaeological Sites, which is arranged alphabetically by name of neighborhood; and Series III. San Jose Quakers Manuscripts, which is arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jose State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Preferred Citation

Thomas (Tom) M. King papers, MSS-2000-11-30, San Jose State University Library Special Collections and Archives.

Biographical History

Tom M. King was born in Colusa County, California in 1940. King moved to San Jose in 1971, where he became involved in historic preservation. In 1974, he received his Master's Degree in Historic Urban Geography from San Jose State University. King's interest in historic preservation led him to coordinate and conduct the San Jose Survey of Historic & Archaeological Sites (SJSHAS) between 1973 and 1974. King's efforts resulted in the first comprehensive inventory of historic places completed in San Jose. He later completed a similar survey of the city of Campbell while working for the Campbell City Historical Museum.
King founded the Victorian Preservation Association of Santa Clara in 1974; organized and operated annual historic downtown bus tours at the San Jose Tapestry in Talent Festivals from 1976-1990; served as President of the Luther Burbank Neighborhood Community Council; served on the board of the Preservation Action Council of San Jose for ten years; worked with the San Jose Historic Landmark Commission; and acted as an advisor to Santa Clara County Supervisor Rod Diridon. King also taught high school in the local area, as well as worked as a professional tour guide.

Scope and Contents

This collection documents King's personal and professional commitment to historic preservation in San Jose from 1971 to 1995. The bulk of the collection relates to the San Jose Survey of Historic & Archaeological Sites (SJSHAS), a city-sponsored project undertaken by King from 1972-1974. This project resulted in the first complete inventory of historic buildings in San Jose, and included detailed records of buildings and homes by planning district. King began advocating this project while pursuing his graduate studies at San Jose State University. He coordinated and administered the operation of the SJSHAS survey and organized a volunteer staff. Other materials in this collection include details of King's various activities with other historic preservation organizations throughout the San Jose area.
King's collection also includes various edited manuscript copies of his work on San Jose Quakers History. Topics covered in the manuscripts include the history of the first Quakers in San Jose, the move and influence of the Bean's family to San Jose, and the San Jose Society of Friends meetings. These manuscripts led to the publishing of King's book on the subject of San Jose Quakers.

Related Materials

Rugeroni, Carla. A Description of the Classification Scheme for the Records of the San Jose Visual Inventory of Historic and Archaeological Sites. Thesis #498. 1974.
King, Thomas M. History of San Jose Quakers, west coast Friends : based on Joel Bean's diaries in Iowa and California. San Bernardino, CA: [publisher not identified], 2012.

Processing Information

Processing completed by Jennifer E. Johnson, 2006. EAD encoding by Jennifer E. Johnson, 2006. Reviewed by Danelle Moon, 2006. Accruals were added to Series I by Stephanie Watson, July 2016. Accurals were added to Series II and Series III was created by Samira Habibi in April 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

In November of 2000, Tom M. King donated his papers related to the San Jose Survey of Historic & Archaeological Sites to San Jose State University. In 2007, he donated additonal materials related to the Survey. In 2008, he donated copies of his manuscript History of San Jose Quakers, West Coast Friends: based on based on Joel Bean's diaries in Iowa and California.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Architecture -- California -- San Jose -- Inventories
Historic Buildings -- California -- San Jose -- Inventories
Historic preservation -- California -- San Jose
San Jose (Calif.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Inventories
Historic Landmarks Commission (San Jose, Calif.)
Quakers -- California -- San Jose.
Bean, Joel, 1825-1914.
Society of Friends -- California -- San Jose.
King, Thomas M., 1940-


Series I. Historic Preservation Work 1971-1995 (bulk 1972-1974)

Scope and Contents

This Series documents the various contributions King made to several other local historic preservation projects, in addition to the San Jose Survey of Historic & Archaeological Sites. It chronicles King's work in the field, which yielded San Jose's first comprehensive historic property inventory, annual tours of San Jose's historic downtown, and organized campaigns to save local landmarks. The contents in this series document King's desire to bring awareness to the issue of historic preservation. It includes: clippings, correspondence, inventories, maps, photographs, reports, and university coursework.


This series is arranged alphabetically by subject and format. Contents within folders are arranged chronologically.
Box 1, Folder 1

Biographical Data after 1971

Box 1, Folder 2

Clippings & Promotional Materials circa 1975-1977

Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence 1975-1977

Box 1, Folder 4

Meeting Documentation 1974-1995

Box 1, Folder 5

Project Documentation: Historic Bus Tours 1972-1990

Box 1, Folder 6

Project Documentation: Murphy Building circa 1973-1976

Box 1, Folder 7

University Coursework 1972-1974

Box 1, Folder 8

City Government Proceedings 1973-1974

Box 1, Folder 9

Clippings & Promotional Materials circa 1973-1974

Box 1, Folder 10

Correspondence 1973-1974

Box 1, Folder 11

Financial Records 1973

Box 1, Folder 12

Maps 1972-1985

Box 1, Folder 13

Planning Documentation circa 1973

Box 1, Folder 14-15

Planning Documentation 1972-1974

Box 1, Folder 16

Planning Documentation 1974

Box 1, Folder 17

Planning Documentation 1995

Box 1, Folder 18

Progress Reports 1973-1974

Box 1, Folder 19

Publishing Materials 1974-1975

Box 1, Folder 20

Survey Evaluation Forms (blank) after 1974

drawer 05-07, Folder 1

Measured Drawings of First Street, between Santa Clara and San Fernando streets approximately 1990

Physical Description: Drawings by R. Gause.

Series II. San Jose Survey of Historic & Archaeological Sites 1973-1977 bulk

Scope and Contents

This Series relates to the San Jose Survey of Historic & Archaeological Sites (SJSHAS), a city-sponsored project undertaken by King from 1972-1974. The SJSHAS Survey Results comprise subseries 1 and 2, and are arranged by San Jose planning area districts. This portion of the collection contains detailed information about each property surveyed, including photographs, architectural information, and ratings. Subseries 3, 4, and 5 includes index cards and slides of the buildings documented in the SJSHAS Survey, as well as slides of other historic buildings in other Bay Area towns, such as Campbell, Novato and Oakland. Subseries 4 and 5 are arranged alphabetically by survey areas. Included among the slides are places and events outside of the survey area, but related to the survey.

Subseries 1. Survey Results - Central San Jose 1973-1974

Box 1, Folder 21

Bascom - Hamilton 1973

Box 1, Folder 22

Bird 1973

Box 1, Folder 23

Burbank 1973

Box 1, Folder 24

College Park 1973-1974

Box 1, Folder 25

Cook - Branham Addition 1973

Box 1, Folder 26

East Side 1973

Box 1, Folder 27

Hester - Hanchett 1973

Box 1, Folder 28

Hyde Park - North 1973

Box 1, Folder 29

Lick - Goodyear Tracts 1973

Box 1, Folder 30

Naglee Park 1973-1974

Box 1, Folder 31

Old Willow Glen 1973

Box 2, Folder 1

Original Survey - Central A 1973

Box 2, Folder 2

Reed Addition 1973

Box 2, Folder 3

Rosegarden 1973

Box 2, Folder 4

Sunol - Los Coches 1973

Box 2, Folder 5

Vendome - Ryland 1973

Box 2, Folder 6

Western Addition 1973

Box 2, Folder 7

White Addition 1973-1974


Subseries 2. Survey Results - Greater San Jose 1973-1974

Box 2, Folder 8

Almaden 1973

Box 2, Folder 9

Alum Rock 1973-1974

Box 2, Folder 10

Alviso 1973

Box 2, Folder 11

Berryessa 1973

Box 2, Folder 12

Calero 1973

Box 2, Folder 13

Coyote 1973

Box 2, Folder 14

Edenvale 1973

Box 2, Folder 15

Evergreen 1973

Box 2, Folder 16

North San Jose 1974

Box 2, Folder 17

San Felipe 1973

Box 2, Folder 18

South San Jose 1973

Box 2, Folder 19

West Valley 1973-1974

Box 2, Folder 20

Willow Glen 1973


Subseries 3. Photo Index Cards

Box 2, Folder 21

Photo Index Cards


Subseries 4. Slides - Inner San Jose

Box 3, Folder 1

Bird Avenue 1974-1975

Box 3, Folder 2

Burbank 1977

Box 3, folder 3

College Park 1974-1975

Box 3, Folder 4

Cook-Branham Addition

Box 3, Folder 5

East Side 1974-1978

Box 3, Folder 6

East Side and Reed Addition 1974

Box 3, Folder 7

Hester Hanchet 1974-1975

Box 3, Folder 8

Hyde Park - North 1975-1977

Box 3, Folder 9

Inventory Aide 1974

Box 3, Folder 10

Naglee Park 1975

Box 3, Folder 11

Old Willow Glen

Box 3, Folder 12

Original Survey #1 1974-1976

Box 3, Folder 13

Original Survey #2 1972-1977

Box 3, folder 14

Original Survey #3 1972-1977

Box 3, Folder 15

Original Survey #4 1973-1976

Box 3, Folder 16

Original Survey #5 1975

Box 3, Folder 17

Original Survey # 6 SJSU 1972, 1975

Box 3, Folder 18

San Jose City Air Photos 1971, 1974

Box 3, Folder 19

San Jose Buses 1973

Box 3, Folder 20

Vendum- Ryland and Sunol-Los Coches 1974-1975

Box 3, Folder 21

Western Addition 1972-1977

Box 3, Folder 22

White Addition 1974-1975


Subseries 5. Slides - Outer San Jose

Box 3, Folder 23


Box 3, Folder 24

Alviso 1974

Box 3, Folder 25

Berryessa 1974-1975

Box 3, Folder 26


Box 3, Folder 27

California State Landmarks 1972-1976

Box 3, Folder 28

Campbell 1976

Box 3, folder 29

Central San Jose 1975

Box 3, Folder 30

Carnegie Library 1978-1981

Box 3, Folder 31

Carnegie Library Reopening 1981

Box 3, Folder 32

Downtown San Jose 1972-1973

Box 3, Folder 33

Evergreen 1975

box 3, Folder 34

Highways and Streets 1972-1974

Box 3, Folder 35

Inventory Forms and Historic Division Maps 1972, 1974

Box 3, Folder 36

North San Jose 1974

Box 3, Folder 37

Novato 1976

Box 3, Folder 38

Old Thesis Forms 1973

Box 3, folder 39

Old Transportation

Box 3, Folder 40

Palo Alto

Box 3, Folder 41

San Francisco and Oakland Landmarks 1972-1973

Box 3, Folder 42

San Jose Demolition 1972-1973

Box 3, Folder 43

San Jose Demolition of Murphy Building 1972-1976

Box 3, Folder 44

San Jose Museum 1976-1977

Box 3, Folder 45

Vietnam Demonstration 1972

Box 3, Folder 46

West Valley 1974-1975

Box 3, Folder 47

Willow Glen 1974-1975


Series III. San Jose Quakers Manuscripts

Scope and Contents

This series is comprised of various edited copies of King's manuscript History of San Jose Quakers, West Coast Friends: based on Joel Bean's diaries in Iowa and California. King had reviewers edit and comment on his manuscripts in 2001 and 2002, copies of which are in this series.


This series is arranged chronologically.
Box 4, Folder 1

2001-2002: Edited by Larry Wolf (1 of 2)

Box 4, Folder 2

2001-2002: Edited by Larry Wolf (2 of 2)

Box 4, Folder 3

2001-2003: Edited by Amy Southwick

Box 4, Folder 4


Box 4, Folder 5

2006 (1 of 3)

Box 4, Folder 6

2006 (2 of 3)

Box 4, Folder 7

2006 (3 of 3)