The California History Center
at De Anza College, Cupertino, California
NorCal APG Field Trip
29 October 2013
"Le Petit Trianon"
The California History Center at DeAnza College is housed in a mansion called "Le Petit Trianon" which was owned by one of Cupertino's first millionaires and avid polo player - Rear Admiral Charles S. Baldwin. Charles married Ella Hobart, the daughter of W. S. Hobart who was a kajillionaire who profitted from the riches of the Comstock Lode. Charles Baldwin commissioned Willis Polk, a renowned San Francisco architect to design the mansion.
The next owner of the mansion was heiress Harriet Pullman. Harriet was the daughter of George Pullman - inventor of the "Pullman Sleeping Car" for trains.
Left to right: Ellen Fernandez-Sacco, Sheri Fenley, Jeff Vaillant and Lisa Christiansen
Carolyn Ybarra was the organizer of this field trip and she deserves a huge "Atta Girl" for arranging the private tour for our group by archivist Lisa Christiansen.
Regarding the photo above: I love, love, love Ellen Fernandez-Sacco's bright red clogs!
Left to right: Janice Sellers, Phyllis Garratt, Kim Cotton and Sharon Hoyt
Located inside "La Petit Trianon" is the Louis E. Stocklmeir Regional History Library and Archives. Although none of the photos here show it, the room has a beautiful domed oval skylight.
Much older photo of the library see above and below. It still has the same built-in, floor-to-ceiling blookshelves!
Left to right: Cath Trindle, Lisa Gorrell, Ellen Fernandez-Sacco and Jeff Vaillant
Lisa Christiansen, the archivist, knows the holdings of the library inside and out. She knows all the little intricate things about all the collections that are not written down on index cards or finding aids.
One of the many in-house finding aids
The back of my head and archivist Lisa Christiansen
There are so many different collections available to researchers but a few that stood out for me were these:
The Photograph Collection number approximately 10,000 photographs that focus mainly on local families, agriculture, public works, historic buildings and the history of Moffat Field Naval Air Base.
There are over 2000 student research papers which are a unique resource for genealogists because the reports are written using primary source records, oral interviews, etc.
The Palo Alto Times from 1908-1991 is available on microfilm.
Special Collections include the Castro Family collection, Fuller Albumn, Laura Thane Whipple collection and the Bol Family collection.
A few of the great county history books house in the library
Special "Thank You" to Corey Oiesen who served as the photographer for the day and has allowed the use of these photos.
California History Center
Open Tuesday thru Thursday 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Open Friday by appointment only
Library use fee: $5 per day if you are not a student
Plenty of on campus parking, however it will run about $3 per day.