Silicon Valley Historical Photo Archive


The Silicon Valley Historical Association is digitizing thousands of images from its archive. Learn more.

Day tours of Silicon Valley are available.  Find out more.

Steve Jobs Secrets of Life Movie
In 1994, Steve Jobs was interviewed by the Silicon Valley Historical Association.  Steve talks about his values, advice to entrepreneurs and his thoughts on how to best live life. Order a digital download of the film for $9.99.

Silicon Valley: A Five Part Series Film
Narrated by Leonard Nimoy, this program takes you through the early years of the founding of Stanford University, Hewlett-Packard, Varian, Fairchild, Intel and Apple. Order a digital download or DVD.

Located in the United States — in Northern California — originally Silicon Valley was within the boundaries of Santa Clara Valley, which stretched from Menlo Park in the north to San Jose in the south.

Because Silicon Valley is an economic region, it now includes territory down to Monterey, north to Santa Rosa and east as far as Sacramento. View a list of cities in Silicon Valley.

Silicon Valley Historical Association's historian, Jim McCormick, shows a Canadian filmmaker around Silicon Valley.

There is a connection between the European Renaissance and the technological discoveries in Silicon Valley. Both technological eras produced great information revolutions.

Five hundred years ago in renaissance Europe, it was the invention of the printing press and the evolution of small, affordable books that created an information revolution.

In Silicon Valley, it has been the invention of the personal computer and the evolution of the Internet that has created a new information revolution. Learn more about the Renaissance connection.

World War II was an important part of Silicon Valley's history. The klystron (a specialized linear-beam vacuum tube or evacuated electron tube) was developed by Sigurd and Russell Varian while at Stanford University. The device was critical in locating and destroying enemy Nazi U-boats in the Atlantic during World War II. This film segment covers the story of the Varian Brothers, the development of the klystron and founding of Varian Associates.

This video covers early Santa Clara Valley history — starting in 1891 with the founding of Stanford University — and also explores the history of  Federal Telegraph, Magnavox and the invention of the television.