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Bernal Files (SJPL California Room)

The Bernal Files are a collection of notes and materials gathered by Dr. James P. Delgado in the 1970s. These files include information on the history of Rancho Santa Teresa and Santa Clara County pioneers, with an emphasis on the Bernal family.

 

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CA Dept. of Highways (CALTRANS) Right of Way Assessment (SJPL California Room)

This collection includes Right of Way Assessments for the County of Santa Clara from 1938 through 1979, with the bulk of materials being from the 1960s and 1970s. The assessments include descriptions of property, maps and photographs.

Right of Way is the division of Caltrans that administers the acquisition of property required for Caltrans projects, oversees the relocation of affected...

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City of San Jose 1850-present (SJPL California Room)

This collection includes City of San José Council Minutes, Ordinance and Resolution Records from 1850-1950, and photographs and records from the Office of the City Clerk.

The City of San José was officially incorporated on March 27, 1850 by Legislative Act through Chapter 47 of the Statutes of California.

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Edith Harvey Heron (SJPL California Room)

This collection includes watercolors by local artist and art therapist, Edith Harvey Heron.

Edithwas born on January 2, 1895, the daughter of William S. and Ada Heron of Hostetter Road in the Berryessa community of San José.

Edith graduated from San José High School in 1914. She then attended the all-girlsSan José Normal School (now known as San José State University), graduating in 1918....

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Edmonia Lewis Sculptures (SJPL California Room)

The California Room features three pieces created by sculptor Edmonia Lewis; Asleep (marble, 1871), Awake (marble, 1872), and a bust of Abraham Lincoln (marble, 1871). An earlier version of Asleep, called Night (marble, 1870), is held at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Mary Edmonia Lewis was born in 1845 or 1846 to a Haitian father and a mother of Native American (possibly Mississauga or...

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Ephemera Collection (SJPL California Room)

This collection includes printed paper materials including brochures, handbills, memorabilia, pamphlets, tickets, and timetables. Printed ephemera documents events that are often recorded nowhere else, making them a valuableresource to researchers. Our collection of ephemera concerns people, places, and events in the Santa Clara Valley, and dates back to the late 19th century.

 

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Fiesta de las Rosas Collection (SJPL California Room)

This collection was compiled by the Fiesta de las Rosas Committee, and consists of correspondence, fiesta guidelines, entry forms, tickets, pamphlets, and more. The Fiesta de las Rosas was an annual festival and parade designed to highlight San Jose as a “garden city” and attract tourists.  

Fiesta de las Rosas began in 1896 as the Rose Carnival. In 1895, thirty acres of flowers were...

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Frontier Village Collection (SJPL California Room)

Frontier Village was a western-themed amusement park which opened in 1961 and closed in 1980.

The park was located on approximately thirty acres of what had previously been part of the Hayes' estate on Monterey Highway in San Jose. It was founded by Joseph Zukin Jr., a Palo Alto entrepreneur and small businessman inspired by a family trip to Disneyland in 1959. The look and design of Frontier...

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Historic Books and Journals (SJPL California Room)

This collection contains rare books and journals dating from 1767 to 1910. Of note in this collection is a handwritten account entitled "Scenes and Adventures of an Overland Journey to California, Beginning April 10, 1852," written by Marion W. Battey, who later married Joseph Weller of Milpitas.

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Historic Map & Atlas Collection (SJPL California Room)

The map collection comprises over 1,000 maps from the 1870s - 1980s.  The collection includes:

Physical maps (on site):

-Sanborn Fire Insurance maps for 1932, 1939, 1950, 1958, and 1962 *some years also available on microfilm

City of San JoséBlock Books: 1909, and 1924 multi volume set updated to the 1940s

-1876 Historical Atlas of Santa Clara County

-City and street maps 

-State, county, and...

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Historic Photograph Collection (SJPL California Room)

The Historic Photograph Collection includes over 2,500 contact prints, negatives, transparencies, and 35mm slides comprising diverse subjects including schools, churches, businesses, parades, valley views, theaters, street scenes, hotels, images from the 1906 quake in San José, the Winchester House, and portraits of residents.

The majority of the images come from two photographic collections...

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Historic Postcard Collection (SJPL California Room)

The collection includes approximately 3500 pictorial and photographic postcards of California. Of these, 600 are of San Jose. The collection spans from the year1900 to the 1960s.

Subjects include historic landmarks, attractions, schools, churches, businesses, parades, valley views, theaters, street scenes, hotels, and industry.

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Pueblo of San Jose 1841-1850 (SJPL California Room)

This collection includes documents pertaining to the Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe and its adjacent mission, Santa Clara de Asis, 1841 - 1850.

Much of the material documents business transactions such as bills of sale for goods and services, and contracts for the sale or lease of property. Also represented are proclamations by local authorities or petitions to local alcades or judges to...

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San Jose City Directories (SJPL California Room)

Background & Physical Collection

A City Directory lists the names of individuals living within a city along with their place of residence and occupation. Beginning with the 1911 edition, names of spouses and children over 18 were also included. In 1913, a street index was added to the City Directory. This is the feature which will be most helpful to persons researching their house since it...

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San Jose Planning Division and Code Enforcement (SJPL California Room)

This collection includes records from the City of San José's Planning Division and Code Enforcement Departments (PCBE) from 1931 - 1975. Subjects include maps, plans, and photographs of historic structures, aerials views, and documents.

Please let us know if you can identify any unknown locations, people and or dates.

 

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San Jose Public Library Collection (SJPL California Room)

This collection chronicles more than a century of San José library history beginning in 1880.

The one-room “free” library opened in1880 in the Murphy building near what is now the intersection of Post and Market streets. 

Between 1882 and 1970, the library occupied five different locations. The branch system had its origins in the establishment of the Grant School Library in 1909, and...

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San Jose Redevelopment Agency (SJPL California Room)

This collection includes research materials and photographs from sundry projects undertaken by the San Jose Redevelopment Agency (SJRA). The SJRA was a government agency created in 1956 to improve the quality of life by creating jobs, affordable housing, neighborhood cohesion, and better public facilities.

With the San José City Council serving as its governing body, the Redevelopment Agency...

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Silicon Valley Company Archive (SJPL California Room)

This collection comprises over 700 boxes of materials donated by over 600 early Silicon Valley tech companies, documenting the evolution of the Silicon Valley’s tech industry from 1986 through 1993.

Company boxes may include any of the following: advertising proofs, annual meeting notices, annual and quarterly reports, backgrounders, brochures, flyers, catalogs, company histories, employment...

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Townsend Family Papers 1826-1914 (SJPL California Room)

This collection contains the personal and professional documents of Dr. John Townsend, his wife Elizabeth Townsend, and their son John Henry Moses Townsend.

The items in this collection offer a glimpse into the Townsends' lives, including their travels with the Murphy party, their real estate investments, and their roles as settlers of Northern California during the mid to late 1800s.

Dr. John...

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Yearbooks (SJPL California Room)

This collection includes yearbooks from high schools, middle schools and universities within Santa Clara County. Visit our Yearbooks page to view a list of all yearbooks available in the California Room.

We receive frequent requests to view school yearbooks, but we are missing many volumes. We welcome donations of any Santa Clara County yearbooks missing from our collection. If you have a...

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Aerial Photography

The aerial collection includes aerial and atreet level photographs from the City of San Jose Planning Division (1931, 1948, 1960, 1968, 1981) from Fairchild Aerial Photography and the U.S. Geological Survey. These photographs cover central Santa Clara County from Alviso south to Los Gatos, east to the Calero Reservoir, north to Milpitas and the Alameda County Line, and west along the bay to...

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