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History San Jose Research Library
1661 Senter Road
San Jose, California 95112
Phone: (408) 287-2290
Email: research@historysanjose.org
Collections with online items: 84
Physical collections: 201
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Albee and Ormsby Family Photograph Album

Photograph album containing 42 cabinet photographs, cartes de visite and tintypes apparently related to the John Eleazer Albee and Erastus Ormsby families.

American Musical Theatre of San Jose Records

Records and other material from the now-defunct American Musical Theatre, originally formed in 1935 as the San Jose Civic Light Opera Association. The AMT filed for bankruptcy in December 2008.

Andrus (Carlton L.) School Papers

Report cards, lecture notes, school work of Carlton Andrus from San Jose High School, University of the Pacific, and Stanford University medical school. Includes Andrus' Stanford University thesis, as well as one folder of material from the St. Luke's Hospital...

Anson (William Lloyd and Emily) Papers

Papers of William Lloyd Anson and wife Emily (nee O'Dell), primarily comprising correspondence between the couple during 1919, and documentation related to Anson's service in World War I as Private First Class with Company C, Second Engineers, Second Division, United...

Bailey-Fellows House, Carol DeSantis Papers on the

Papers compiled by Carol DeSantis on the history of the Bailey-Fellows House at Calero Ranch, San Jose, California.

Bersano Studio Negatives

Collection of 571 black & white 5x7" photographic negatives produced by Bersano Studio of Santa Clara, located at 787 Franklin Street, and operated by Angelo C. Bersano. Many images depict the Italian and Portuguese communities, and include portraits, Holy Communion...

Big Basin Park Photograph Album

Album of photographs taken by Andrew Putnam Hill between 1890 and 1920. The majority of photographs feature Big Basin Redwoods State Park, with a small number of the Putnam family and Sempervirens Club. The album is labeled "Mrs. Hill Sr....

Bland (Henry Meade) Photographs

Collection of black and white negatives apparently taken by Henry Meade Bland while teaching at the State Normal School at San Jose, likely dating between 1905-1915.

Bulmore (Laurence E.) Photographs of New Almaden

Original glass negatives, prints, and copy prints of New Almaden Quicksilver Mines, taken by Robert R. Bulmore and Dr. S. E. Winn (1880-1900); as well as later photographs of the filling of New Almaden Reservoir, created in 1936, and accompanying...

California Pioneers of Santa Clara County Records

Records of the California Pioneers of Santa Clara County, established in 1875, including meeting minutes, membership rosters and dues records, and treasurers reports.

Camp Fire USA Greater Bay Area Chapter Records

Camp Fire USA Greater Bay Area Chapter organizational records, photographs and ephemera.

Cantua Photograph Collection

Photo collection consisting of 238 prints, ranging from tintypes to cabinet card portraits to early 20th century snapshots and portraits. The subjects of most of the images appear to be Hispanic Americans and early Californio families.

Center (Hugh Stuart) Papers

Correspondence, financial and other business papers of prominent San Jose attorney Hugh Stuart Center (1905-1977) and some extended family.

Certificates of Residence Issued to Chinese Laborers

Original certificates of residence issued by the U.S. government in 1894 to Chinese laborers under the provisions of the Act of May 5, 1892 (the Geary Act), allowing them to remain and work in the United States.

Charity League of San Jose Records

Minutes, membership rosters, and scrapbooks documenting the Charity League of San Jose, a local women's organization.

Collection on Station MX

Collection of photographs and background documentation related to Station MX in Palo Alto, first built by Federal Telegraph Company in 1921 as "Marsh Station", later owned by Mackay Radio and ITT Corporation.

Crump Family Papers

Papers of Santa Clara County's Crump family, including property records and financial records of the family's orchard operations. Ross O. Crump was born in Michigan, but graduated from San Jose High School and Stanford University. He was active in the...

DeRome (Albert Walton) Papers

Correspondence, manuscripts, notes, advertisements, and extensive photographs documenting urban renewal and redevelopment efforts in San Jose, California, during the late 1960s to early 1990s.

Dixon (Isaac) Papers

Small number of papers and early portraits from the Isaac Dixon family of Santa Clara County.

Duino (Louis) Papers

Papers of San Jose Mercury News sports editor Louis Duino, including material from his coverage of the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Dunn Family Photographs

Family photographs and albums from the James T. Dunn and Harvey G. Dunn families

Exchange Club of San Jose Scrapbooks

Scrapbooks created by the Exchange Club of San Jose documenting the organization's community service projects in the 1950s.

Florence Mack Quicksilver Mining Co. Ledgers

Two accounting ledgers of cash receipts and disbursements, 1905-1908, for the Florence Mack Quicksilver Mining Co.

Gummer (Samuel P.) Letters

Collection of 35 letters from Samuel Gummer of Santa Clara (Calif.) to his brother, James Gummer, of Brunswick (Maine).

Hamann (Anthony P.) Papers

Papers of former San Jose City Manager Anthony P. "Dutch" Hamann, documenting activities after his retirement from the City.

Harding (George L.) Papers

Small collection of personal papers of author George Laban Harding, primarily comprising family photographs, portraits, and Boy Scouts of America ephemera.

Hawkins (Dick) Collection on San Jose High School

Yearbooks, ephemera, scrapbooks circa 1910-1970 for San Jose High School; materials from City of San Jose Zoning Office Library.

Hayes Family Collection

Assorted scrapbooks, research material, preservation records, manuscripts and original publications related to Mary Hayes Chynoweth and the True Life Church, the Hayes family, and Hayes Mansion.

History San José Silicon Valley History Online Collection

The History San José Collection includes photographs, postcards, fruit labels and different types of ephemera.

Hobson and Macaulay Family Photographs and Papers

Collection of 19th century photographs, scrapbook, autograph albums and a small number of business records from the George Hobson and John W. Macaulay families that appear to have been collected by Martha "Mattie" Hobson Macaulay. The bulk of the collection...

Jennings Technology, Collection on

Records created by Jennings Manufacturing Company (later Jennings Technology Corporation) during operations in San Jose, California. Includes material acquired as part of the Perham Collection of Early Electronics as well as records collected when the plant closed down in 2017.

Jones (Leo) Papers

Correspondence, technical manuals, product catalogs, and photographs from Leo Jones' two businesses, Fargo Company and Saber Laboratories.

Kiperash Family Farm Records

Records from former Kiperash family land near Penitencia Creek, San Jose, comprising mainly prune picking ledgers.

Knight (Joseph A.) Collection

Printed ephemera, including stock certificates, reprints, periodicals, and news clippings, regarding Federal Telegraph Company and other electronics ventures, collected by Joseph A. Knight.

KNTV Channel 11 News Archive

Local news film (16mm) reels, shot between 1965 and 1980, both silent and with sound, taken by KNTV cameramen. They include black-and-white and color footage, and are accompanied by newscast scripts and film storage logs. The films for 1970-1975 were...

Ku Klux Klan Scrapbook

Binder of newspaper clippings, certificates and photographs of a California Klan gathering and cross burning, 1981. The clippings are from San Francisco Bay Area newspapers, and the photographs were likely taken in the Central Valley, possibly Ceres.

Leonard (Burrel) Photographs and Fruit Labels

Photographs and fruit labels from the John and Burrel Leonard families, documenting the history of one of Cupertino's ranching families from the 1850s to their management of a prominent canning operation in the early 20th century, and later development of...

Levin (Ed and Ruby) Papers

Personal papers of Santa Clara County Supervisor Edgar R. Levin and wife Ruby, primarily comprising material related to Levin's terms as Santa Clara County Supervisor, Third District, but also including personal material from his travels and expeditions in Alaska, family...

Logue (Hollis) Architectural Plans

Architectural drawings and plans by San Jose architect Hollis Logue

Lou's Village Collection

Collection of menus, marketing materials, news clippings, photographs, and banquet reservation book documenting the history of Lou's Village restaurant, originally located at 1465 W. San Carlos Street, San Jose, from 1946-2005.

Maxwell (Dewey L.) Papers and Photographs

Business records and photographs related to the Garden City Velodrome, Garden City Wheelmen, and Maxwell's Cyclery in San Jose, California.

Mayes (Thorn) Sound Recordings

Sound recordings created by Thorn Mayes as part of his research on early wireless telegraph and radio in the Western United States. Includes one-on-one interviews conducted by Thorn Mayes and Warren Green, talks to the Antique Wireless Association both by...

McCullough (George) QSL Cards

QSL cards from the United States and other countries, received by amateur radio operator George B. McCullough, K6JI.

Miller (Charles Hiram) Correspondence

Letters from Charles Hiram Miller to Emma Bailey Day, Emma Houghton, and from George Houghton to Charles Hiram Miller.

Montgomery (Shirlie) Papers

Personal papers and photographs of San Jose photographer Shirlie Montgomery (1918-2012), who captured post World War II culture in Santa Clara Valley.

Montgomery (T. S.) Scrapbook and Photograph Album

Personalized photograph album of their home near Santa Cruz, "La Casa de Montgomery," created as Christmas present in 1929 by T. S. and Louise Montgomery; and a scrapbook (1916-1935) documenting T. S. Montgomery's donation of land to the City of...

Moore (William L.) Papers

Correspondence and ephemera created by or collected by William Lea Moore during his service in World War I, as well as a series of later family letters from the 1940s.

Moore (William L.) Slides

Photographs taken by San Jose resident William Lea Moore, documenting his wife and daughter, downtown San Jose and Willow Glen neighborhoods, and Santa Clara Valley views during spring "blossom" time.

Pacific Neighbors Inc. Records

Records and photographs of San Jose's Pacific Neighbors Sister City Program, primarily related to activities with sister cities Okayama, Japan, and San Jose, Costa Rica.

Park Center Project Building Survey

Building survey forms and photographs compiled by the City of San Jose Building Inspector between March 20 - April 13, 1961, believed to be part of a neighborhood survey completed for the Park Center Plaza Redevelopment Project in downtown San...

Peck (Willys) Papers

Papers from the estate of Willys I. Peck related to his work for the San Jose Mercury News and the American Newspaper Guild.

Peninsula-Times Tribune Photographs

Photographs taken for the former Peninsula-Times Tribune newspaper.

Perham (Douglas M.) Clippings on Early Radio History

Clippings compiled by electronics collector Douglas M. Perham on the history of wireless telegraphy and radio, particularly in the Pacific Region.

Perham (Douglas M.) Papers

Biographical materials, correspondence, photographs, certificates and other ephemera relating to Douglas McDonald Perham (1885-1967) and Constance Broner Kambish Perham (1908-2001).

Perham Foundation Records

Minimally processed administrative files of the Perham Foundation, received as part of the Perham Collection of Early Electronics in 2003. The Perham Foundation operated the Foothill College Electronics Museum in Los Altos Hills, California, between 1973 and 1991.

Pickard (Josiah Little) and Fanny Jollyman scrapbook of autographs and letters

Collection of autographs and letters, created by Josiah Little Pickard and his daughter Fanny Jollyman. Most of the letters are addressed to Pickard, but there are several addressed to Jollyman, indicating that perhaps this was her collection of autographs to...

Postcard Collection

Artificial collection of postcards and private mailing cards related to the Santa Clara Valley.

Prussia (W. L.) & Son Records

Financial records of the Prussia & Co. store, the first women's apparel store in San Jose. Willard L. Prussia founded Prussia & Co. in 1903, and opened the location at 129-133 South First Street in 1909.

Rambo (F. Ralph) Collection

Original illustrations, cartoon drawings, manuscripts, photographic prints, and other ephemera created by Santa Clara Valley illustrator and author F. Ralph Rambo. Rambo was known for his work with Muirson Label Company from 1916-1966 and later as an author and cartoonist...

Ridder Park Drive (750) Architectural Drawings

Architectural plans for the former San Jose Mercury News plant at 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, including original construction and later expansions and renovations.

San Jose Alternative Music Fliers and Clippings

Small collection of ephemera and clippings about the burgeoning music scene in San Jose from 1986-1989 including news articles from Metro, Mercury News, and BAM; and fliers from WORKS San Jose, One Step Beyond, and Club X.

San Jose Chamber of Commerce Collection

Collection of newsletters, press clippings, publications, ephemera and photographs created by the San Jose Chamber of Commerce.

San Jose Common Council Records

Early records of the San Jose Common Council, later City Council, approximately 1850-1910.

San Jose Music Study Club Minute Books

Two volumes of minutes of the meetings of the San Jose Music Study Club for 1921 to 1927. Includes membership lists and several programs.

Santa Clara County Fire Insurance Company Records

Records of the Santa Clara County Fire Insurance Company mainly comprising minutes and individual insurance policy applications. The company was incorporated in 1900, providing insurance to property owners in Santa Clara County.

Santa Clara Valley Youth Band Records

Records of the Santa Clara Valley Youth Band, founded by San Jose State music professor Clement Hutchinson.

Selby, Coombs and Bettinger Family Photographs

Collection of 71 family photographs related to the William E. & Lizzie Selby Coombs families, and their daughter Bessie Laverne Coombs and her husband Ellsworth S. Bettinger.

Sims (Steffi Abbott and Bernard) Personal Papers

Scrapbooks and files of Steffi Abbott Sims and husband Bernard Sims, documenting their social activities and work with charitable organizations around Saratoga and San Jose, as well as Abbott Sims' career as a fashion correspondent and essayist.

Smock (Stanley) Papers

Collection of materials related to Stanley Smock's years at San Jose High School (class of 1928), and the Class of 1928 60-year reunion held in 1988.

Spanish-Mexican Records of the San Jose Pueblo

Founded in 1777 as El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe, the City of San José was the first civil settlement established in Alta California under Spanish dominion. These 6,000 original manuscript pages span the founding of the pueblo site...

Sullivan (Leo) Papers

Papers of violinist and theater orchestra leader Leo Sullivan, documenting vaudeville theater in San Francisco and San Jose, California, in the early 20th century.

Theodore Roosevelt Junior High School Guest of Honor Book

Autograph album compiled from international traveling artists who performed at Theodore Roosevelt Junior High School, primarily between 1929 and 1936 before San Jose's Civic Auditorium was completed.

True Family Collection on Charles D. Herrold

Papers and photographs originally belonging to Charles "Doc" Herrold, documenting his early wireless inventions and pioneer KQW radio broadcasting in San Jose, as well as his later career through the 1930s at stations in Oakland.

Unruh (W. J. Shiloh) Harpsichord Photograph Albums

Two photograph albums created by self-taught harpsichord builder Shiloh Unruh documenting construction of harpsichords, other harpsichord builders' and related artists' work, and travels to visit or install harpsichords. While none of the photographs are identified, they include sites in New...

W. C. Lean & Jung Collection

Small collection of financial and customer records from W. C. Lean & Jung Jewelers, operating at 99 South First Street in San Jose from approximately 1904 to 1984.

Wade (Elizabeth) Papers

Papers and photographs from the estate of Elizabeth Cecilia Wade, descendant of California pioneer Harry George Wade.

Wade-Wildhofer Family Photographs

Family photograph collection from Jeanette Wade Wildhofer and Paul H. Wildhofer of Campbell, California, documenting the extended Wade family and Hungarian Wildhofer family.

Welch (James R.) Papers

Small selection of personal papers of Hon. James R. Welch (1860-1931) of Santa Clara County, primarily documenting his involvement in the planning and implementation of Skyline Boulevard and Bayshore Highway.

Wheeler (Alice) Glass Plate Negatives

Collection of 207 glass plate negatives dating to the early 1900s. They appear to have been taken by the same photographer, and include many casual family shots, as well as landscapes around the Monterey area and Santa Clara County.

Willing Workers Society of Valley View Minutes

Secretary's books containing lists of officers and members, and meeting minutes of the Willing Workers Society of Valley View, a benevolent women's group created in 1895.

Willson (Mabel Stoppelworth) Papers

Personal papers and photographs related to Arthur Willson, Mabel Stoppelworth Willson, and related Healy and Schroeder families.

Wong Sing Papers

Papers and photographs of Wong Sing, employed as an agricultural laborer by physician Robert L. Hogg of Saratoga, California.

Wyckoff (Ralph) and Peter G. Wuss Collection

The collection comprises original architectural plans, specifications and photographs documenting the full span of Ralph Wyckoff’s career as an architect.

Zurilgen, H. W. Collection on Roy N. Francis

News clippings, photographs, publications and other materials regarding early Santa Clara County aviator Roy Francis.