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Silicon Valley History Online was a project formed in 2001 by ten Santa Clara Valley archivists and local history librarians to discuss mutual concerns and share information about their collections. In the spring of 2003, seven of these institutions received a one-year grant of $144,000 from the California State Library to assemble, digitize, and post online 1,000 images of photographs, maps, letters, postcards, manuscripts, scrapbooks, menus, programs from events, and many other materials from local libraries, archives, and museums that represent the history of the Santa Clara Valley.


The project eventually grew to house over 1800 images, giving a broad overview of Santa Clara Valley history, including the pre-contact period of the Ohlone people, the 18th century Mission Period, the 19th to mid-20th century agricultural "Valley of Heart's Delight" era, and late 20th century "Silicon Valley." Each participating institution selected items that relate to the themes Diversity, Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Technology, Transportation, and Urban Life. The core collection of SVHO images are also available on the Online Archive of California.


These are the organizations that contributed items for the Silicon Valley History Online collection:


  • Santa Clara University Archives and Special Collections Department. The Santa Clara University Archives and Special Collections Department collects, preserves and provides access to records of Mission Santa Clara and Santa Clara University. These materials document the rich religious and educational heritage of the Mission founded in 1777 and the University established as Santa Clara College in 1851. Santa Clara University also serves as the host of the collection.

    California History Center.
     California history and studies are the focus of the California History Center's Stocklmeir Library and Archives. Published and archival materials are collected with special emphasis on Santa Clara Valley agriculture and on the state's political, economic, cultural and social history.

  • California Room. The California Room is a research collection of materials on California and local history open to any member of the public. The Room contains materials on California history and culture in general, with special emphasis on San Jose and Santa Clara County.

  • History San José Research Library. The History San José Research Library collection contains extensive documentation of Santa Clara Valley history. The collection is comprised of donated records and papers from private individuals, businesses and organizations. Collected materials include photographs, manuscripts, maps, ephemera, selected City of San José and Santa Clara County historical records and published works.

  • Intel Museum Archives & Collection. The Intel Museum Archives & Collection serves as a repository and a centralized resource of historical information, for Intel Corporation. The Museum Archives are comprised of product documentation, press materials and photographs. 

  • Santa Clara City Library Heritage Pavilion. The Heritage Pavilion houses both a local history and international genealogy collection. The local history collection features research materials pertaining to the history of the City of Santa Clara. The genealogy collection includes extensive files on Early Settlers of Santa Clara County.

  • San José State University Special Collections. The mission of Special Collections is to develop quality research collections in local, regional, and California history. Included are the University Archives, containing photographs, ephemera, and artifacts dealing with the University's rich history as the oldest public institution of higher learning in California.



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