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Archive and Research Center

The Association maintains the BORINA ARCHIVE & ALZORA SNYDER and JANE BORG RESEARCH CENTER as a rich resource for researchers, writers, teachers, students, genealogists and others interested in local history. 

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The Archive has numerous collections of information and physical artifacts documenting various aspects of our community's history. There are thousands of  photographs and documents in the following file collections: family, business, organization, agriculture, church, school, building and homes. There are also map, poster, album, small artifact, directory, postcard, apple label, oral history, book and art collections. Some special collections include Betty Lewis, William Weeks, Charley Parkhurst and the extensive costume collection. The Volck Museum and Tank House contain the larger artifact collections. Access to these collections is by membership or through special arrangement.

Please contact our Archive Coordinator for archive or research questions or to set up an appointment:




Special Collections

  • Architect William H. Weeks: collections by Betty Lewis and Charles Marinovich - Weeks' biography and works throughout California
  • Anonymous genealogist:  Early California Families: genealogy and documents -- Vallejo, Amesti, Arano, Whiteman, Forcade, Castro, Estrada, Bernal, Pinto, Mendia, Gonzales
  • U.S. Soil Conservation Service: Corralitos pilot project 1934 including many detailed aerials
  • Henry Watters, M.D. - his year as American Legion State Commander (1932), and national and state politics
  • Featured historian Betty Lewis
  • Stanley D. Stevens , Librarian Emeritus, UC Santa Cruz
  • Historian Charles Marinovich
  • Historical figure Charley Parkhurst
  • Historical figure Judge John Watson

Collection Catalogs

In this section, we present a survey of catalogs of the various collections in our archives, along with a number of online articles.

Resident and Telephone Directories

The PVHA has collected phone directories for these places and years:
  • Watsonville City Directory: 1872, 1898-99, 1902, 1906-07, 1928-1930, 1932, 1935-36, 1938-41, 1945-46, 1948, 1950, 1953-1962, 1964-65, 1967-79, 1971-1974, 1976-1981, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988-89
  • California Business Directory: 1909-1910, 1917, 1919, 1920
  • Santa Cruz City Directory: 1967-68, 1972-1974, 1976-1981, 1983, 1985, 1988
  • Santa Cruz County Directory: 1912-1919, 1921-22, 1924, 1927

Pajaro Valley Maps

The PVHA archives numerous maps of historic and generic interest of the region. To review a list of maps in the collection, click here.


Oral History Collection

Agriculture

Brazil - Cowles - Estrada - Izumizaki, J. - Arano - Calcagno - Gnehm - Larkin - Mello - Proctor - Cusack - Silva - Stolich - lopez - Cheaney - Madesko

Education

Baker, J. - Baker, H. - Dye - Lord - Hartman - Soldo - Strazicich

Community Organizations

Blaisdell - Fisher - Giberson - Osmer - Murphy - Rugh

Business

Cronin - Dutro - Caudill

Ethnic

Croatian - Doug - Izumizaki, K. - Iwami - Yagi - Umeda - Wong - Goon - Sakata

Medical

Frary - Gilman - Eiskamp - Killen - Rodgers, J.A.

Early Days and Families

Ashcraft - Kennedy - Cooley - Porter - Lewis - Snyder - Hayes - Reaves - Rouse - Smith - Stephenson - Traulsen - Dias - Grutzmacher

(Note: Not all oral histories are transcribed.)


Surnames

There are two lists of names related to Pajaro Valley maintained by the Alzora Snyder Archives and its volunteers: