Happily and luckily for us, the wealth of cultures in Silicon Valley continues to expand each year! My ability to locate new and existing groups and organizations remains an ongoing project, thus, this is by no means a complete list. This page is being continually updated.
Likewise, the list below, in its current state, does not represent any particular personal bias in terms of inclusion nor omission. Please email me if you have suggestions for non-profit groups, ethnic and cultural histories, or ethnic and cultural-based organizations, which may be added to this page. Thanks!
Museums, Virtual Archives, Collections and Cultural Centers:
Museums, Virtual Archives, Collections and Cultural Centers:
- Chinese American Historical Museum
- Italian American Heritage Foundation - Little Italy
- Japanese American Museum
- Indigenous Peoples:
The Ohlone in Santa Clara, Santa Clara University
See also, from the National Park Service Cultural Resources Website:
Ohlone/Costanoan Indians of the San Francisco Peninsula and their Neighbors, Yesterday and TodayTitle and Summary (PDF file, 300 kb)
Chapter 1 (PDF file, 1.2 mb)
Chapter 2 (PDF file, 2.2 mb)
Chapter 3 (PDF file, 1.6 mb)
Chapter 4 (PDF file, 600 kb)
Chapter 5 (PDF file, 300 kb)
Chapter 6 (PDF file, 300 kb)
Chapter 7 (PDF file, 400 kb)
Chapter 8 (PDF file, 500 kb)
Chapter 9 (PDF file, 1.3 mb)
Chapter 10 (PDF file, 400 kb)
Chapter 11 (PDF file, 200 kb)
Bibliography (PDF file, 400 kb)
Appendices A, B, C (PDF file, 300 kb)
Appendices D, E, F (PDF file, 2.8 mb)
Video (below) by U.C. Berkeley, featuring: Mark Hylkema, Santa Cruz District Archaeologist at California State Parks."In the Santa Cruz mountains, UC Berkeley archaeologists and anthropologists have joined with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and California State Parks to uncover ancient tribal practices to help bring their history to light and find more sustainable approaches to land management."
- Portuguese Historical Museum
- Vietnamese Boat People Museum
- MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
- History Park, History San Jose' (Structures and displays at this site are operated by local ethnic and cultural groups, as well as local historic organizations.)
Virtual Tour of History Park, History San Jose'
Articles by local history organizations:
- Early African-American Settlers in Santa Clara County (Also please see my post on local author, Jan Batiste Adkins, which lists more African American local history and resources.)
- Santa Clara's German Neighborhood
- William Dougherty, The (Irish) Lumber King of Santa Clara County
- A Century of Sikhs in California
- Riding the Wave: How Immigrants transformed Santa Clara Valley into Silicon Valley
- Silicon Valley Hinduism: South Asian Innovation Drives American Progress
- The Changing Landscape of Muslims in Technology
- Spanish-Mexican Records of the San Jose' Pueblo (online and at History San Jose')
- Find a Grave: Santa Clara County
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The Santa Clara County Historical and Genealogical Society has online as well as "bricks and mortar" speaker meetings, an array of special interest groups, plus a range of resources and tools for beginning and experienced history researchers, including online indexes which include: lists of early settlers, county histories, (Santa Clara) Mission Cemetery records, the 1852 Census records, plus a host of other interesting links and resources on the Valley.
- The California Genealogy Society Directory has a wide selection of resources in this region.
- FamilySearch online has a wide variety of free genealogy research tools, plus the ability to create a free family tree. The site requires registering for an account.
- Ancestry.com also has a wide variety of local, US and global genealogy tools. The services are available for a monthly or annual fee, by registering for a new account.
- For those of East European heritage, the Foundation for East European Family History Studies (FEEFHS) provides an extensive map library online with links to various countries and regions, by era.
- The University of Texas at Austin online provides the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection of European Maps, with regions indexed for ease of research.
- The Library of Congress Sanborn Fire Map Collection online includes several countries, states, county's and cities, including fire maps for Santa Clara County.
- California State University at Chico offers a wide collection of historic topographical maps of California, online.
- The David Rumsey Map Collection online has a vast array of historic maps on searchable and indexed topics. The Blog on the Ramsey site has an interesting collection of map collection links which include the San Francisco Bay Area, including a map of Silicon Valley and Other Tech Hubs.
- Old Maps Online indexes over 400,000 maps from participating, educational and international organizations.
- USGS Historical Topographic Maps online offers "thousands of scanned maps of United States" from various eras. The USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer is an entertaining tool which makes exploring their map collections more accessible.
- NOAA Historical Chart and Map Collection online explores U.S. coastal regions going back to the 1700's.
- California State University Long Beach offers a gazetteer collection online to aid researchers in locating place names on maps from various countries and historic locations:
- California Coastal Records Project online offers 96,000 aerial views of the California coastline from 1979 to the current year. Military bases are not included in the aerial imagery.
- Historic Aerials is a commercial real estate site which offers views of properties and regions over time, or "layered historical orthophotography and modern orthophotography", for a subscription fee. Unfortunately they also track property owner information from public records. Their site has some ads and flashing distractions, however, the paid subscriber information may be of interest to those researching property histories.
- USGS Earth Explorer offers free geolocation map images online with a search by coordinates, city or other location type. Scope includes both the United states and world sites, plus declassified sites.