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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:


Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: http://www.neh.gov.

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