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Guide to the Thomas Monahan Papers 1992.155
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Processing Information note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Preferred Citation note

  • Title: Thomas Monahan Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 1992.155
    Contributing Institution: History San Jose Research Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.5 Linear feet
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1912-1914
    Date (inclusive): 1872-1915
    Abstract: The papers primarily consist of correspondence generated during Monahan's years as mayor of San Jose, 1912-1914.
    Language of Materials note: The papers are in English.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    The papers were donated in 1992 by James J. Jennings for Monahan’s daughters and adopted son: Josephine Jennings, Elizabeth Kelly, Mary M. Lane, and Thomas Monahan.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    The papers are open to the public for research by appointment.

    Processing Information note

    The papers were processed in December 2001 by History San Jose volunteers and staff.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Thomas Monahan, born in San Jose on July 4th, 1866, was the second of five children. He began his formal education at the Hester School in San Jose. After one year, he transferred to the University of Santa Clara. At the age of 16, he began to explore potential careers. In the following years, he apprenticed as a blacksmith, and worked as a mail carrier, as well as chief jailer. In 1909, he began a career as an embalmer and undertaker, while continuing to work as a mail carrier. This same year, he married Josephine Moriarty, a native of Ohio. They had four children.
    In 1912 Thomas Monahan was elected to two posts: mayor for the city of San Jose and Grand President of the Native Sons of the Golden West.
    He started his political career as a republican, however while mayor, he moved to the progressive ticket. He campaigned for California state office as a progressive.

    Scope and Contents note

    The papers primarily consist of correspondence generated during Monahan's years as mayor of San Jose, 1912-1914. The papers are divided into five series and total 1.5 linear feet, in two manuscript boxes (1-2), and three flat boxes (3-5). They are filed chronologically within each folder. The papers include correspondence of his Grand presidency to the Native Sons of the Golden West, his campaigns for state offices, as well as personal papers. Of particular note are the spectacularly beautiful letterheads produced during this time period.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    Property rights reside with History San Jose. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact History San Jose Research Library.

    Preferred Citation note

    Thomas Monahan Papers 1992-155, History San Jose Research Library, San Jose, California 95112-2599.