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Silicon Valley Historical Photo Archive


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

Day tours with a Silicon Valley historian 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: The History in Pictures covers the Valley's history from 1777 to the present day. Order a copy of this book.

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.

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

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.