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History San Jose (San Jose, CA 95112-2599)
Catherine Mills (Project Director: May 2017 to present)

Improving Space Management and Increasing Storage Capacity at History San Jose's Collection Center to Ensure Long-Term Access

The purchase of 86 shelving units for History San Jose’s climate-controlled storage area, adding 330 linear feet of storage, allowing the applicant to move vulnerable material into the collection space. The materials that would be moved include approximately 323 linear feet of personal papers, business, and other institutional records.  Highlights of the collection include early pioneer and immigrant family papers, City of San Jose Council records dating back to the Gold Rush era, and 36 linear feet of material relevant to social justice issues of the 1950s and 1960s.

History San Jose (HSJ) provides access to materials spanning 250 years regarding the city of San Jose, and the Santa Clara Valley. This grant will support expansion of our mobile shelving through the purchase of 86 additional shelves. The increased space will house recently processed backlog of archival materials currently stored on pallets, and create room for new donations. Moving archival materials off of pallets will then allow artifacts to be moved out of an unsuitable warehouse into this space. Shelved storage in an appropriate environment will significantly improve long-term access to materials from HSJ’s collection, and enhance HSJ's exhibit programs. Humanities scholars will benefit from materials that illuminate socio-economic issues such as redevelopment, housing, and urban sprawl; the impact of economic, demographic, and technological changes on the land; and the relationship between our many immigrant groups and the Valley’s culture and historical geography.

Project fields:
Public History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,923 (approved)
$5,923 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019