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1905-1950 (Bulk 1920-1945)

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The John C. Gordon Photographic Negatives Collection documents the history of San José and Santa Clara Valley from1905-1950 (bulk 1920-1945). The collection consists of approximately 15,000 glass plate, acetate and nitrate negatives. The negatives arearranged by index number, format and topic, and include a variety of subjects that illustrate everyday life in the region. This collectiondocuments the changes in area business ventures that include agriculture, fruit canning and processing, banking, local businesses,aeronautics, railroads, and other manufacturing businesses. This collection is arranged into two series: Series I: Indexed Negatives – Acetate& Nitrate, c. 1926-1945; and Series II: Topical Negatives – Glass, Acetate & Nitrate, undated (bulk).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

California -- History -- Photography -- Negatives
California -- Social life and customs -- Photography -- Negatives
Santa Clara Valley (Santa Clara County, Calif.) -- History -- Photography -- Negatives

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