Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History

Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History

The Smith-Layton Archives at the Sourisseau Academy contain historical materials that primarily document the history of the city of San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley from the late 1800s through the 20th century. The archives contains over 6,000 scanned and cataloged photographs depicting individuals, families, buildings, regions, agriculture, education, transportation, and businesses. The photographs document a broad spectrum of life, including the area’s agricultural past, its residents and their activities, and the development of the urban landscape. Included in the photograph collection are several albums from prominent local families as well as photographs of the city San Jose during the early 20th century.

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