Signs of a Pandemic

In May 2020, in an effort to document the COVID-19 pandemic, we put out a public call with the following prompt: “What signs* have you noticed around San Jose during the shelter in place order? [*interpret ‘signs’ however you wish!].” These photographs represent the submissions we received. To submit a sign to this collection, email us your photo at submissions@archive408.com. Continue reading Signs of a Pandemic

Ly Tong’s Hunger Strike by José Villarreal

In November 2007, the San Jose City Council approved the naming of the prominent Vietnamese neighborhood of Story and McLaughlin Road in Eastside San Jose to “Saigon Business District.” This decision came without any community involvement and the name was pushed through by, then City Council member, Madison Nguyen. The Vietnamese community felt slighted when it came to this decision because they wanted their neighborhood … Continue reading Ly Tong’s Hunger Strike by José Villarreal

Mutual Aid 408: Learning, Listening, & Discussion Group

The purpose of this learning and discussion group is to grow our local knowledge about mutual aid, as well as our capacity to organize and participate in mutual aid efforts. It began in May 2020, in response to the needs surfaced in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This effort is organized by Archive408, and open to anyone who is interested. To participate in the group … Continue reading Mutual Aid 408: Learning, Listening, & Discussion Group

San Jose Trans Oral History Project: An Interview with Felicia Elizondo

“My name is Felicia A. Elizondo. I’m also known as Felicia Flames. I am a transsexual woman—male to female. I am an activist, entertainer, a historian, a trailblazer, a Tenderloin queen, a pioneer, a legend, an icon, a diva, a 32-year survivor of AIDS, and a Vietnam War veteran.” Continue reading San Jose Trans Oral History Project: An Interview with Felicia Elizondo

Archiving a Pandemic

Public health crises are often marked by various kinds of data: red-dotted maps, pie charts, and line graphs. We tabulate the tests administered, the lives saved or lost, the points in the stock market, the beds and ventilators in local ICUs, the shortages of objects, the vital signs of those who fall ill.  The few stories that become woven into history are often sensational, racist, … Continue reading Archiving a Pandemic

4 of 23: Applied Materials

On their website, Applied Materials has a timeline of relevant events dating back to the 1970’s, when they opened their headquarters in Santa Clara, California. In 2018 they were named one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune. They were also the first semiconductor equipment manufacturer to exceed $1 billion in annual sales and have their system added to the permanent collection in the … Continue reading 4 of 23: Applied Materials