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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
Special Collections Reading Room, 5th Floor
150 E. San Fernando St.
San José, CA 95112

Mailing Address

Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0147

(408) 808-2064

Our Mission

The mission of the Sourisseau Academy is to promote local history through sponsoring research, educational programs, and publications. We are actively engaged in the rescue of endangered archival documents and act as a clearing house for the placement of archival collections in appropriate repositories. The Academy maintains an extensive photograph collection and historical ephemera relating primarily to the history of Santa Clara County and the central coast region of California. The Academy staff, who are also historians, are able to provide research assistance to our archives as well as being knowledgable about regional history. The Academy offers a variety of outreach programs funded through the Donald Anderson Memorial Fund.

This website was funded with a donation from Charles and Harriet Graham in memory of their daughter, Glory Anne Laffey, Executive Secretary of the Sourisseau Academy from 1981-1999.