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Guide to the Leonard McKay Research Papers, 1793-1991
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Series Descriptions


Series I Research Files, circa 1850-1991

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of research files compiled by Leonard McKay and arranged alphabetically by topic. The files broadly address subjects on the history, culture, and politics of the Santa Clara Valley, but the focus is especially keen on the local individuals, families, and businesses that have shaped life in the valley. Most research files consist of newspaper clippings, brochures, magazine articles, but some also include privately and publically produced historical research reports. An inventory of the research files  is available in PDF format on the Sourisseau Academy's webpage. Series I is housed in vault 1 in the Sourisseau Academy file cabinets ECS 8.1 to 8.4.

Series II Negatives and Slides, circa 1850-1991

Scope and Content Note

This series contains original and reproduced negatives and slides gathered or created by Leonard McKay. A small number of negatives were loaned out by McKay and never returned to him. Fortunately, the majority of the images he assembled remain in their original state of arrangement. These images focus on the history, events, communities, and people of Santa Clara Valley. Specific depictions include adobe structures photographed by Alice Hare, historic commercial buildings such as the New Century Block, and industrial and commercial enterprises like the Food Machinery Corporation. There are also numerous portraits of individuals, families, and business leaders noted for their contributions to industry, commerce, culture in the Santa Clara Valley. An inventory of the negatives and slides  is available in PDF format on the Sourisseau Academy's webpage. Series II is located in vault 2 for cold storage, in the Gordon panoramic negatives cabinet 3

Series III Scrapbooks and Records, 1793-1852 1860-1983

Scope and Content Note

The items in this series were constructed and gathered to document aspects of history, culture and civil governance in San José. Boxes one to four contain scrapbooks created solely by local historian Hank Calloway. Boxes five and six house scrapbooks created by individuals such as Leonard McKay, Hank Calloway, John D. Crummey, and Ernie Renzel. Box seven contains a set of abridged minutes for the San José Common Council, created by former San José Fire Department Chief, Lawrence A. Campbell. These records duplicate every meeting minute Campbell could locate that addressed business concerning the city fire department or fire prevention. Box eight houses copied translations of Spanish and Mexican legal records produced by the juzgado during the pueblo era of San José. These records were originally translated and edited by Paul D. Nathan in 1966. Series III is housed in vault 1 on the Sourisseau Academy shelf range 34, shelves 34C.3 to 34C.6.
Box 1, Folder 1

Vol. 2: 1936-1937

Box 1, Folder 2

Vol. 3: 1937-1938

Box 1, Folder 3

Vol. 4: 1938-1970

Box 1, Folder 4

Vol. 6: 1951,"Centennial"

Box 1, Folder 5

Vol. 7: 1963-1967

Box 1, Folder 6

Vol. 8: 1975-1976

Box 2, Folder 7

Vol. 9: 1959-1977

Box 2, Folder 8

Vol. 10: 1970-1973

Box 2, Folder 9

Vol. 11: 1973-1974

Box 2, Folder 10

Vol. 12: 1974-1977

Box 2, Folder 11

Vol. 13: 1976-1977

Box 3, Folder 12

Vol. 14: 1977-1979

Box 3, Folder 13

Vol. 15: 1972-1973

Box 3, Folder 14

Vol. 16: 1973-1974

Box 3, Folder 15

Vol. 17: 1975-1976, Signposts by P. Loomis

Box 3, Folder 16

Vol. 18: 1976-1977, Signposts by P. Loomis

Box 3, Folder 17

"East SJ-Holy City-Round-Up days": 1988-1990

Box 4, Folder 18

Vol. 19: 1977-1978

Box 4, Folder 19

Vol. 20: 1979-1980

Box 4, Folder 20

Vol. 21: 1979-1983

Box 4, Folder 21

Vol. 22: 1979-1985

Box 4, Folder 22

Vol. 23: 1983-1985

Box 5, Folder 23

Vol. 24: 1984-1987

Box 5, Folder 24

Ernie Renzel’s Scrapbook, 1937-1990

Box 5, Folder 25

John Crummey’s Rotary Club Scrapbook, 1935-1943

Box 5, Folder 26

News Clips of Old San José

Box 5, Folder 27

McKay Scrapbook of El Dorado St., José Theater, and Wade Family

Box 5, Folder 28

California Pioneer Book of Obituaries, 1850's to 1900's

Box 6, Folder 29

Calloway Clippings, 1934-1944

Box 6, Folder 30

California Pioneer Scrapbook, 1964

Box 6, Folder 31

Murphy Sabatino Bicycle Racing Scrapbook, 1930's to 1940's

Box 6, Folder 32

Kate Townsend Obituary Scrapbook

Box 7, Folder 33

SJFD Book 1: 1850-04-13 to 1870-12-05

Box 7, Folder 34

SJFD Book 2: 1870-12-06 to 1877-08-06

Box 7, Folder 35

SJFD Book 3: 1877-08-07 to 1883-08-30

Box 7, Folder 36

SJFD Book 4: 1883-09-01 to 1893-05-29

Box 7, Folder 37

SJFD Book 5: 1893-05-29 to 1900-09-04

Box 7, Folder 38

SJFD Book 6: Further Research and SJFD Timeline

Box 8, Folder 39

Spanish Records Book 1: 1793-1833

Box 8, Folder 40

Spanish Records Book 2: 1833-1852