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Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History

Preserving historical materials related to San Jose and Santa Clara County

Local History Research Collections

  • George McMurry Papers: Includes research, photographs and newspaper articles on San Jose and New Almaden, some written by McMurry who was a local journalist and historian. Clippings also include historical columns written by other local historians
  • Leonard McKay Research Papers: Part of the Edith C. Smith Collection, these papers consist of McKay’s research files on local history, scrapbooks, and negatives and slides. McKay was a local historian, as well as a publisher of many books of historical interest.
  • Gilmore Collection: Farm Worker research materials and ephemera on Bracero program and migrant farm workers gathered by Gladys Gilmore, SJSU History professor. Includes pamphlets, reports from US Congress, newspaper clippings, issues of various journals, handwritten notes, fliers, etc
  • Edith Corinne Smith Research Collection: Papers relating to Ms. Smith’s various interests including her 1850 Census Reconstruction database, James Alexander Forbes, and Adolph Sutro.