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Mercury News Collection at History San José

Over the years, many Mercury News journalists and photographers have donated their personal and professional papers to the History San José Collection; in some cases, the journalists have been involved in both preserving San Jose’s history and contributing their time to History Park. The San Jose Historical Museum Association also published books by Mercury News journalists such as Patricia Loomis and Harry Farrell under their own imprint.

In addition, artifacts have been donated by both individuals and the newspaper organization. Please see our Google Cultural Institute exhibit for more of these items.

Reporters’ Papers at History San José’s Research Library & Archives

  • Dick Barrett
  • Arthur L. Clarke
  • Harry Farrell
  • Frank Freeman
  • Ben Hitt
  • Patricia Loomis
  • Harry Plate Collection on Holy City
  • Steffi Abbott Sims
  • Esther Walker

Photographers in History San Jose’s Collection

  • Mike Conversa
  • Frank Gordon
  • Shirlie Montgomery
  • Sporting Events

Mercury News Morgue (Clipping File)

The Mercury News clipping file, or “morgue,” is comprised of 45 filing cabinets of biographical clippings dating between the 1930s and 1980s, four cabinets of Mercury News reporter bylines, and two cabinets of subject clippings. The clipping file continues to be used by the Mercury News on a regular basis for background research, as well as providing a wealth of biographical and corporate information to private researchers.


HSJ’s Research Library & Archives holds bound volumes of the Mercury News and its predecessor titles (1861-1940s). They are not open to the public for preservation reasons, and researchers are encouraged to use the microfilm resources at the San Jose Public Library.