New Artifact Drives into the HSJ Collection

Earlier this month History San José received a new addition to the Collection – a working 1940 Chevy Pickup Truck. The truck was donated by Marie Gairaud and belonged to her husband Louis. The truck arrived at HSJ on the 6th anniversary of his passing. We are honored to add Louis’ truck to the Collection and will have it operating at various History Park events. Again, our sincere thanks go out to Marie Gairaud for this generous donation.

Posters in HSJ’s Collection Illustrate Our Past

As part of a year-long, National Endowment for the Humanities grant-funded project to preserve and catalog our backlog of oversize archival material, we recently processed some memorable posters documenting San Jose and Santa Clara Valley’s social history. History San Jose’s collection includes a wide array of ephemeral material, including advertisements, posters, programs, flyers, brochures, and more. These particular posters had been rolled up in our storage area, and have now been flattened out, cleaned, and re-housed in flat files. The poster collection documents everything from historic communication to events such as the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, from local festivals and fine arts organizations to tourism initiatives, sports, politics, and transportation.

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Promotional poster for the San Jose Symphony with George Cleves conducting, 1981 (San Jose Symphony Collection, History San Jose)

These are just a sample of the posters in our collection, available through Google Arts & Culture:


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