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Guide to the Arnold Del Carlo Photograph Collection, 1948-1990
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The Arnold Del Carlo Photograph Collection consists of photographs and negatives, which document the transformation of Santa Clara Valley from orchards to an urban landscape. The years covered by the collection range from the late 1940s to the early 1970s, and include photographs taken from the street level as well as from the air. Prominent groups of photographs include those taken of institutions such as San Jose State College, the City of San Jose, the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), and General Motors Company (GMC); of land developers and builders, and business establishments in the cities of San Jose and Santa Clara; and portraits of individuals and families, as well as weddings and anniversaries.
Arnold Del Carlo was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 3, 1921, the first son of Natale and Estelle (McGowan) Del Carlo. During his childhood and teenage years, Del Carlo became fascinated with both airplanes and photography, but it was not until the beginning of the Second World War that the two interests merged. After completing Basic Training with the US Army in rural Texas, Del Carlo was sent to Bombardier School, where he was assigned to a partner cadet. The two cadets worked together, with one dropping bombs on a target and the other filming the puffs of smoke created by the bomb. The 35mm movie film was later processed in the laboratory where Del Carlo worked, showing the smoke relation to the target.
Containers: 2 filing cabinets, 12 binders, 102 boxes

Volume: 83 cubic feet Selected online items available
Copyright is assigned to Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History. All requests for permission to publish should be submitted to Sourisseau Academy. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Sourisseau Academy. Copyright restrictions may apply to digital reproductions of the original materials.
Collection is open for research.