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Guide to the Dianne McKenna Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Subject Headings

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Dianne McKenna papers
    Dates: 1985-1996
    Collection number: MSS-1997-02
    Creator: McKenna, Dianne (1943-).
    Collection Size: 6 record cartons, 2 boxes 10.5 linear feet
    Repository: San Jose State University. Library.
    San Jose, California 95192-0028
    Abstract: The Dianne McKenna papers document a portion of her political career as Mayor and City Council Member of Sunnyvale from 1977-1984, and her work on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (SCCBS), serving from 1985-1996. The collection spans 1980-1996, the bulk of which documents her contributions to the SCCBS from 1985-1996, and particularly herwork in transportation and child advocacy.
    Physical location: Vault 1, Range 20B
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    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

    Dianne McKenna papers, MSS-1997-02, San Jose State University Library Special Collections and Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Dianne McKenna, 1997.

    Processing Information

    Preliminary processing and guide prepared by Susan Klingberg, 1997. Guide completed by Danelle Moon and Kaye Moore, 2006. Guide encoded by Kaye Moore, 2006.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Dianne McKenna, a native of Pennsylvania, moved to the Silicon Valley in the 1960's. In 1977, she received her Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from San Jose State University. In that same year, McKenna was elected to the Sunnyvale City Council, where she served until 1984, with exception of the terms 1980-1981 and 1982-1983, when she was elected as the Mayor of Sunnyvale. In 1985, McKenna became the fifth woman elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, a position that she held until 1996. She led the successful merger of the Congestion Management Agency and the Transit District Board, and served as a guide for regional projects for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. McKenna was a founding member of Kids in Common, a collaborative children's advocacy program, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Children's Shelter, and chair of the Children and Youth Services Joint Conference Committee. She initiated recycling efforts as the Chair of the Solid Waste Commission of Santa Clara County, and in 1994, led the General Plan Review Advisory Committee to complete its work of reviewing and updating land use plans and policies. As of 2006, she serves on the Board of Directors for Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), a San Francisco Bay Area environmental preservation organization.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    In 1997 Dianne McKenna donated her papers to San Jose State University. This collection documents McKenna's political career as Mayor and City Council Member of Sunnyvale from 1977-1984, and her work on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (SCCBS), serving from 1985-1996. The bulk of the collection documents her contributions to the SCCBS, including her work as chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. Committed to improving the lives of children, McKenna helped form the Children's Shelter in 1995, and Kids In Common, a children's advocacy organization.


    The collection is arranged in two series: Series I, Speech Files, 1980-1996; Series II, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, Administrative Records, 1985-1996.

    Subject Headings

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    McKenna, Dianne (1943-).
    Santa Clara County (Calif.). Board of Supervisors.
    Children's Shelter.
    Santa Clara Valley Medical Center(Santa Clara County, Calif.)
    Transportation--California--Santa Clara County--Sources.
    Local transit--California--Santa Clara County--Sources.
    Children--Institutional care--California--Santa Clara County--Sources.
    Supervisors (Local government)--California--Santa Clara County--Archives.
    Santa Clara County (Calif.)--Politics and government--Sources.

    Index Terms Related to this Collection

    San Jose State University. Library. Special Collections & Archives.