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Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History

Preserving historical materials related to San Jose and Santa Clara County

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Location and Hours


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library 

Special Collections Reading Room, 5th Floor

150 E. San Fernando St.

San José, CA 95112

Mailing Address

Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History 

San José State University

One Washington Square

San José, CA 95192-0147


By appointment

About Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History

The mission of the Sourisseau Academy is to promote local history through sponsoring research, educational programs, and publications. We are actively engaged in the rescue of endangered archival documents and act as a clearing house for the placement of archival collections in appropriate repositories. The Academy maintains an extensive photograph collection and historical ephemera relating primarily to the history of Santa Clara County and the central coast region of California. The Academy staff, who are also historians, are able to provide research assistance to our archives as well as being knowledgeable about regional history.