History San José Online Catalog

Welcome to History San José (HSJ), Silicon Valley’s largest and most comprehensive historical organization. Our mission is to collect, preserve and celebrate the stories of diversity and innovation in San José and the Santa Clara Valley.

Over 30,000 records from History San José's catalog are available here for searching. Please note this is not our complete catalog. We continue to add more records to our online interface as they are processed, and encourage you to explore one of the largest and most comprehensive regional history collections in the state of California.

The Research Library is open by appointment, M,T,W,F from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. To schedule an appointment, email research@historysanjose.org or phone 408.521.5025.

How to Search

You have the option of searching by keyword or using our advanced search functionality. You can also browse the collection using the Click and Search feature, or view a rotating selection of images using the Random Images feature. To find a specific record by ObjectID, use the Keyword Search feature and enter the ObjectID (e.g., 2003-33-165) in the "Catalog Number" field. To find records within a specific Collection, enter the collection name (e.g., Pueblo Papers) in the "Collection" field using the Advanced Search feature.

Keyword Searching includes ALL words by default. Use quotations to search for a phrase (e.g., "San Jose"). If you want to search for multiple words, use AND between words (e.g. baseball AND "Santa Clara"). Use * for a wildcard search (e.g. Rock* will return any word beginning with Rock such as Rocky, Rockwell, etc.).

For more tips on searching, please visit http://museumsoftware.com/ppohelp/KeywordSearch1005.htm.

Image Orders

History San José does not provide photographic prints. You may order photographic reproductions through our third-party vendor Zenfolio. If the image you want is not already available through Zenfolio, please contact us at research@historysanjose.org with the URL of the record in this online catalog and we can make it available.

You are welcome to use images from this catalog on your website as long as you credit History San José and do not remove the watermark.

Please see our Library & Research Fees page for more information on image rights and reproductions.