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Guide to the Frontier Village Collection, 1961-1980
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This collection is comprised of administrative records, employee manuals, photographs, clippings, various printed matter, plans and drawings, and scrapbooks of Frontier Village amusement park. Exactly when this collection was donated by Frontier Village is unknown. The collection has been with San José Public Library since the early 1990s and probably since the early 1980s.
Frontier Village was a western-themed amusement park which opened on October 21, 1961 and closed on September 28. 1980. It was located on approximately 30 acres of what had previously been part of the Hayes' estate (an estate owned by a prominent political and newspaper publishing family in the Santa Clara Valley) on Monterey Highway in San José, California. It was started by Joseph Zukin Jr., a Palo Alto entrepreneur and small businessman, after he and his family visited Disneyland in 1959. Zukin was inspired by Disneyland's family-friendly atmosphere, its thematic divisions, and the fact that nothing like the park existed in northern California.
4 boxes 19 oversized box 3 map boxes 10.5 linear feet
Although San José Public Library's California Room does physcially own all archival materials in its possession, it does not necessarily own the intellectual property rights (copyright) associated with all items (Title 17, Chapter 2, Section 202, "Ownership of copyright as distinct from ownership of material object). Publishing materials from our holdings requires written permission from the San José Public Library, along with proper credit given to our institution. For permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Lead Librarian of the California Room. Users may reproduce materials for teaching, research, and private study in accordance with fair use on the condition that they give proper credit to the California Room, San José Public Library.
Collection is open for research.