The History San Jose collection contains print and audiovisual material (text, still images, moving images, and audio) from the 1790s to the 1990s. The majority of the collection consists of KNTV news broadcasts, oral history recordings, and transcripts.
The San Jose Public Library, California Room collection contains texts and audiovisual material (moving images and audio) from the 1940s to 2000s. A majority of the collection consists of movies and recordings concerning Frontier Village, a western-themed aumesment park that opened in 1961 and closed in 1980. Other materials include texts from "El Excentrico," a bilingual magazine covering Latino culture in the Santa Clara Valley from 1949 to 1980.