Machine-readable finding aid created by Silke Higgins. Machine-readable
finding aid derived from MS Word. Date of source: September 2010.
Primary Creator: Del Carlo, Arnold
Extent: 83.0 Cubic Feet
Arrangement: The papers are arranged into three series: Negatives, prints, and papers.
Subjects: Business Enterprises - Photographs - 20th Century, Del Carlo, Arnold, General Motors Corporation, International Business Machines Corporation, Portraits - 20th Century, San Jose (Calif.), San Jose (Calif.) - Aerial photographs - 20th Century, San Jose (Calif.) - Photographs - 20th Century, Santa Clara County (Calif.), Santa Clara County (Calif.) - Photographs - 20th Century, Santa Clara Valley (Calif.), Santa Clara Valley (Calif.) - Photographs - 20th Century, Weddings - Photographs - 20th Century
The Arnold Del Carlo Photograph Collection consists of thousands of photographs and
negatives, which document the transformation of the city of San Jose and the Santa
Clara Valley over a thirty year period. Many of the collection's photos and
negatives chronicle the evolution of the valley in the early 1950s from acres of
apricot, plum, cherry, and pear orchards to sprawling urban landscapes by the end of
the 1970s while others testify to San Jose's economic shift from agriculture to
industrial manufacturing, showing the gradual replacement of agricultural lands with
parcels being divided and developed into housing, industrial, and commercial
Arnold del Carlo specialized in commercial photography by the beginning of the 1960s;
prominent groups of photographs in this sub-set of the collection include those
taken of institutions such as San Jose State College, the City of San Jose, the
International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), and General Motors Corporation
(GMC). One large sub-set of photographs details the construction of IBM Building 025
in South San Jose, with photos of the development taken every month by Del Carlo
from the air as well as from the ground. Hundreds of other photos in the collection
document the impact of land developers and builders in the city of San Jose, showing
the interior and exterior of model homes and business establishments, as well as the
development of neighborhoods and the downtown area of San Jose and Santa Clara.
Other areas Del Carlo specialized in were weddings, studio portraits and fashion
shoots. The photographs in this sub-set of the collection document the celebration
activities of different groups of people in the city of San Jose, show changes in
bridal fashion and women's clothing, and provide glimpses of the interiors of
various churches, as well as public and private buildings where these celebrations
The most notable sub-set of Del Carlo's commercial work is comprised of the aerial
photographs shot from his Cessna aircraft. Most of the photographs taken prior to
1965 were organized by the coordinates taken from a Regal map of San Jose and
surrounding areas. Negatives of photos taken after 1965 include written
descriptions. Of particular interest in the aerials is a group of photographs taken
between 1958 and 1963, which are paired with photographs of the same areas taken
during the early 1990s, showing the development of the area from agriculture to
industry and commercial endeavors.
A small sub-set of the collection includes photographs of Arnold del Carlo and the
Del Carlo family. Records from Del Carlo's business are also found in this portion
of the collection.
The Del Carlo collection is arranged in three series according to format: Negatives,
Prints, and Papers. These divisions are primarily based on the way the materials are
housed, and are the order in which the collection arrived at the Sourisseau Academy.
None of the materials in the collection were re-arranged.
Business Enterprises - Photographs - 20th Century
Del Carlo, Arnold
General Motors Corporation
International Business Machines Corporation
Portraits - 20th Century
San Jose (Calif.)
San Jose (Calif.) - Aerial photographs - 20th Century
San Jose (Calif.) - Photographs - 20th Century
Santa Clara County (Calif.)
Santa Clara County (Calif.) - Photographs - 20th Century
Santa Clara Valley (Calif.)
Santa Clara Valley (Calif.) - Photographs - 20th Century
Weddings - Photographs - 20th Century
Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.
Copyright is assigned to Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History. All
requests for permission to publish should be submitted to Sourisseau Academy.
Permission for publication is given on behalf of Sourisseau Academy. Copyright
restrictions may apply to digital reproductions of the original materials.
[Identification of item], Arnold Del Carlo Photograph Collection, Collection No.:
11.06, Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History, San Jose State
University, San Jose, California
This series is comprised of 8x10 prints documenting the breadth of Del
Carlo's work in industrial and commercial photography. Notable subsets
include the large number of images taken during the construction of IBM
Building 025; photographs detailing the impact of land developers and
builders in the city of San Jose; photos showing the development of
neighborhoods and the downtown area of San Jose and Santa Clara; as well as
street views, buildings, and agricultural businesses. Also included are a
large number of individual and group portraits of local politicians and
Physical Description: 12 binders, 3 boxes, 2 filing cabinets containing 8x10 B&W