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Santa Clara Valley Archives Crawl
October 22, 2016

October is American Archives Month. What is an Archive?

Archivists bring the past to the present. They are records collectors and protectors, keepers of memory. They organize unique, historical materials, making them available for current and future research. - Lisa Lewis

Join us for our first Annual Archives Crawl on Saturday, October 22, 2016 and learn more. Visit each of our eleven participating archives, museum and special collections locations for special displays and programs.

You May Join the Crawl at any of the eleven locations:

Ainsley House 12:00 - 4:00 PM
300 Grant St, Campbell

The Ainsley House is a historic home that will transport you the 1930s. Come and explore our special exhibit, “Agents of Decay”. Be a detective and correctly solve one of our case files to earn a mark on your map. We will also provide a voucher for a free tour of the Ainsley House for guests who would like to return at a later date.
ainsley house

Campbell Historical Museum 12:00 - 4:00 PM
51 N Central Ave, Campbell

The Campbell Historical Museum explores the history of Campbell and its role in the greater Santa Clara Valley by exploring concepts of Community, Home Life, Recreation, and Work. Come enjoy our hands on history approach and complete a craft!
campbell historical museum

California Western Americana Collection at Cupertino Library 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10800 Torre Avenue, Cupertino

California Western Americana (CWA) collection is on the 2nd floor of the Cupertino Library where the non-fiction collection is located, inquire at the Adult Reference Desk. Find materials on the American trek west to California and on California history, including the history of many of its cities, towns, and counties. Learn more about Cupertino local history through photographs, articles, biographies, directories and more.
Cupertino public library

California History Center at De Anza College 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino

Local history and California Studies are the specialties of the Stocklmeir Library and Archives, a program of the California History Center at De Anza College in Cupertino. Our collections include photographs, oral history, student research, and other evidence of life and transition in the Santa Clara Valley. The Audrey Edna Butcher Civil Liberties Education Initiative has added a new dimension to our mission as we document the experiences of politically marginalized communities in our region. Participants in Archive Crawl will test their experience, knowledge, and imagination using historic photographs, maps, and other fascinating items in the Stocklmeir collections. Special for Fall Quarter - On display in the exhibit hall will be regional photography by the Los Gatos-Saratoga Camera Club titled "Caught Celebrating" - featuring California festival life. Come visit us in our late-19th century pavilion and Historic Corridor on the De Anza College campus!

Be aware that the Flint Center parking structure is closed for the year as they make some improvements.
come hang out on our patio

Casa Grande and the New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
21350 Almaden Rd, San José

The New Almaden Quicksilver Mines were the first and the richest mining operation in California. The museum presents visitors with an interesting array of exhibits about the history of mercury mining and the lifestyles of mining communities at New Almaden. Casa Grande's antique-furnished parlor, library and drawing room reflect the lifestyle of a mine manager's family.
quicksilver mine

Gilroy Museum 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
195 5th St, Gilroy

The Gilroy Museum is located in Gilroy’s 1910 Carnegie Library Building and its collections focus on the history of the City of Gilroy and its environs. We will have examples of our varied archive collection on display including original records from the various volunteer fire units from Gilroy’s past, property tax records from 1870, love letters from distant cousins, a newly conserved photograph of the Gilroy Hot Springs and more. Visitors on the Archives Crawl will also have an opportunity to have a tour of the main storage and work area in the basement, which is not generally open to the public.

Heritage Pavilion of the Santa Clara City Central Park Library 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
2nd floor, 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara

Santa Clara City Library has collected local history since its beginning in 1902. Come and read delightful compositions written by local students in 1886 describing the area. See early Sanborn maps, the 1892 Great Register which physically describes voters, brochures created by the Chamber of Commerce from the early 1900s and pre-World War II years. Mary Boyle, Local History/Genealogy Librarian, will be on hand to guide you from 10 to 5. There will be refreshments and prizes for solving a puzzle.
heritage pavilion study table

History San José 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
1661 Senter Road, San José - City of San José Central Services Yard

History San José preserves and enriches the cultural heritage of San José and the Santa Clara Valley through research, collections, partnerships, educational programs and events. Come learn more about the museum's Research Library & Archives, and see behind the scenes of our Collection Center, which holds more than 5,000 linear feet of archival records and manuscripts, architectural drawings and specifications, maps, oral histories, audiovisual materials, sheet music, and books documenting the history of Santa Clara Valley from 1777 to the present. Included are the records of the Pueblo of San José (founded 1777), the oldest municipal records in the state.

fruit label - history san jose

While you're visiting, be sure to visit HSJ's exhibits across the street at History Park:
Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California's History, and Painting the Town: The Work of Rey Giese

history san jose manuscript

History San José will be hosting:

The Heritage Room at San Jose High

San Jose High first began above a store where the Fairmont Hotel now stands in 1863 when Lincoln was president and the Civil War was being fought in Gettysburg. The Herald, the schools newspaper, has won many awards and we have papers as far back as 1902 . We have yearbooks dating from 1898 to present, biographies of alumni and much more.


Saratoga History Museum and McWilliams House 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
20450 Saratoga Los Gatos Rd, Saratoga

We will welcome all visitors on the Archive Crawl- you can see permanent exhibits that include Ohlone artifacts found locally to Olivia photos of Olivia deHavilland who grew up in Saratoga. One highlight is an 1850s Temperance banner- believed to be the only one in California. Come see the museum; McWilliams 1850 pioneer cottage; and one room schoolhouse and learn about Saratoga history.

Santa Clara University Archives and Special Collections 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Norman F. Martin, S.J. Reading Room, Learning Commons, 3rd Floor, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara

Santa Clara University's Archives & Special Collections houses the University Library's rare books and manuscript collections, the University Archives, and the California Jesuit Archives. For the South Bay Archives Crawl, we will be featuring materials from the Mission Santa Clara Manuscript Collection, the Bernard R. Hubbard Papers, volumes of the Saint John's Bible (Heritage Edition), bibles from our rare book collection, and more.
santa clara manuscript

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
5th floor, 150 E. San Fernando Street, San José

King Library is home to multiple archives:

California Room of San José Public Library 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

We collect materials on California history with emphasis on the history of San José and Santa Clara Valley. Come see highlights from our vault collections including materials from Frontier Village, a western themed amusement park.
frontier village

Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Beethoven Center houses the largest collection of Beethoven materials in the United States. Come by to see original manuscripts and first editions of the music, art engravings and sculpture, and keyboard instruments from Beethoven's time. Visitors will be treated to a short demonstration of the fortepianos, including an original English Broadwood grand from 1823 and a Viennese Jakesch fortepiano from 1827 with six pedals.

San José State University Special Collections 1:00 - 5:00 PM

San José State University is the oldest public institution of higher education in California. See documents that illustrate the growth of the school from its origin as Minns' Evening Normal School to a University with over 30,000 students.Our display will feature handwritten records, scrapbooks, student publications, photographs, and other documents that highlight the history of our campus.

Sourisseau Academy 1:00 - 5:00 PM

The Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History maintains an extensive photograph collection that relates primarily to the history of San José, Santa Clara County and Santa Clara Valley. Come visit us in the Reading Room of the SJSU Special Collections and Archives, on the fifth floor of the King Library, to see the fascinating transformation of this area from ranches and farm land to orchards and canneries to the post-World War II commercial development that was the harbinger of today’s Silicon Valley.

King Library will be hosting for the day:

The Lace Museum 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Lace Museum incorporated in 1981 as a non-profit teaching museum. Administered by a Board of Directors, it is staffed entirely by volunteers. The museum houses an estimated 10,000 pieces of lace spanning four centuries. Using museum archiving software, cataloging of the collection began in earnest several years ago, with over 8,000 pieces enumerated and described to date. Current cataloging efforts include photographing core pieces of the collection for identification purposes. Some permanent pieces from the collection are on exhibit year round, with exhibits changing three times a year. Classes and lectures are sponsored by the Lace Museum Guild whose membership is open to the public. Demonstrations at local craft fairs help educate the public about lace making and museum volunteers take lace making projects for children into area schools.
lace museum

New Museum of Los Gatos 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The New Museum Los Gatos will be participating at the King Library at San José State University. We will feature items from our collection including: Billy Jones Railroad items that reflect the ongoing relationship he had with Walt Disney, and pieces from Early 20th century, Los Gatos artists and life partners Frank Ingerson and George Dennison. The pair were successful California craftsmen and artists, and friends to other local artists such as , actress Olivia DeHaviland, and musician Yehudi Menuhin.

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Every participant in this year's Santa Clara Valley Archives Crawl will receive a treasure map of participating archives. Collect stamps from at least three of the eleven host locations on your map and you will receive a prize while supplies last.

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