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Santa Clara History Resources on the Internet

 Franklin Street Santa Clara in 1890s

 Downtown Santa Clara 1930s

 Franklin Street Santa Clara 1890s  Downtown Santa Clara 1930s


Berryessa Adobe
Restored by the City of Santa Clara and maintained as a museum.

Books on Santa Clara's History
City of Santa Clara web page with an annotated list of the best of the local history books about the City.

Place Promise bookjacket  SC bookjacket

Buchser High School Reunion Page
Check out the Nostalgia and the Pictures tabs. Buchser High School existed in Santa Clara from 1958 - 1981. The Buchser High School campus was once located where Santa Clara High School is located today. Check out YouTube to view some 1960s era Buchser High School Football games.

City of Santa Clara City History
City History web links from the City of Santa Clara webpage.

Harris Lass House Museum Homepage of the Historic Preservation Society of Santa Clara which runs the Harris Lass Historic Preserve. Find out about the families that lived in this historic house and the activities at the Museum.

 Harris Lass Preserve Tank house

 Harris Lass Preserve  Farmhouse

 Harris Lass Preserve Tankhouse  Harris Lass Preserve Farmhouse


Headen-Inman House 
Headquarters of the Santa Clara Arts & Historical Consortium, this historic house also has a Santa Clara Historic Museum Room and houses the City's Santa Clara Historic Archives photograph collections.

Historical Tour of Santa Clara
Online version of the City's walking tour of historical homes in the Old Quad.  Most of these homes are private residences.

Mission City Memorial Park Cemetery Index
Index to Mission City Memorial Park Interment Records from 1874 through 1997.  This is a Santa Clara City owned and operated cemetery and park.

Images of America Cemeteries of Santa Clara bookjacket

The book Cemeteries of Santa Clara is a pictorial history compiled by Bea Lichtenstein of the Santa Clara Mission Cemetery and Mission City Memorial Park. Both were founded before the city itself. Santa Clara Mission Cemetery was established by the Jesuit fathers along with Santa Clara College in 1851. Mission City Memorial Park, known simply as the graveyard when it was founded in 1850, once also served as the town dump. It is now a 30-acre cemetery memorializing valley residents of the past 150 years.

You can view "Historic Cemetery Self-Guided Walking Tour," an online brochure in pdf format, for finding pioneer and other interesting graves in Mission City Memorial Park.

The City also maintains another small cemetery, the Agnews Historic Cemetery and Museum.

Mission Santa Clara 
Official homepage on the Santa Clara University webpages for Mission Santa Clara de Asis.Includes a link to information on the History of Mission Santa Clara. Digitized Mission Santa Clara Sacramental Records from 1777- 1850 can also be viewed.

Mision Santa Clara SCU Pre-1908 photo of Mission Santa Clara by Mrs. Alice Hare, photographer and chair of the Santa Clara Woman's Club Historical Landmarks Committee. Her caption for photos says: "In the old belfrey, Bells given by the King of Spain."

Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce Things to do Historic Sites 
Chamber of Commerce suggestions for tourists of historic properties to visit while in the City of Santa Clara.

Santa Clara City Library History
Use this link to read more about the Santa Clara City Library which celebrated its 100th anniversary in December 2003 just a few months before the beautiful new Central Park Library opened in April 2004.

Santa Clara Demographics
Population statistics on Santa Clara City compiled by ABAG (Association of Bay Area Governments). The U.S. Census Bureau's American Factfinder 2 website allows you to search 2010 Census data by geographic place such as Santa Clara City, California.

Santa Clara Historic Home Tour
Web pages of the Annual Santa Clara Historic Home Tour usually held the first weekend of December. Get information on this year's tour.

Santa Clara Historical & Landmarks Commission 
City of Santa Clara web page on the Commission and its duties. Includes names and photographs of the commissioners.

Santa Clara University Archives
Find out about the special collections, photographs and historical materials in the University Library at Santa Clara University.

Santa Clara Unified School District 
Find out about some famous alumni by viewing the SCUSD Hall of Fame page

South Bay Historical Railroad Society 
Learn about the history of the historic Railroad depot in Santa Clara and the group that helps preserve and maintain a museum and library in this historic structure. If you are interested in reviewing the contents of the SBHRS library, the list is available in book form in the Locked Case collection of the Santa Clara Central Park Library Heritage Pavilion using this Dewey decimal location # 979.473 S726 Case.

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