The John C. Gordon Photographic Collection documents the history of San José and the Santa Clara Valley from 1910 to 1963. The collection consists of 6,000 photographic prints and 187 panorama prints. The photographic prints are organized by subject, covering a variety of topics that illustrate everyday life in the region. This collection documents the changes in area business ventures that include agriculture, fruit canning and processing, banking, local businesses, aeronautics, railroads, and other manufacturing businesses. The collection also includes 525 panorama nitrate and safety film negatives, 10,000 glass and film negatives, and the photographer's portfolios and negative index. These items are not described in this collection inventory, but will be added at a future date. This collection is arranged into two series: Series I. Photographic Prints; and Series II. Panorama Prints.
John C. Gordon Photographic Collection, MSS-1996-03-29, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.