How To Use This Site

This site is intended for research by local or state historians, or others who are interested in our colleges' history and the history of the land beneath. The content of this website is the property of Foothill-De Anza Community College District and cannot be reused, published or posted online without permission. Downloading of files for personal research or use by individuals is permitted.

                                            The Foothill-De Anza Community College Historic Archives

Presented here is a small portion of our archives for Foothill College, De Anza College and our District Offices. These digital files include college newspapers, photographs, audio and video files and many other items.
Our physical archives an be accessed by appointment only. They are located at the Carriage House (D100)  on the Foothill College campus:
Foothill College
12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
Telephone: (650) 949-7721
Hours: Monday to Thursday by appointment only
The Footbridge, Campus Center, Campus Loop Road and Appreciation Hall under construction.  The Los Altos Hills campus opened to the public in the Fall of 1961.

Foothill College, under construction, in 1961.

A view through some of the archways that have become iconic for De Anza College. These arches surround the swimming pool. This image was captured in 1966; the college opened in September of 1967.

De Anza College, under construction, in 1966.

Our Mission

Our mission is to serve as the institutional memory of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District by appraising, collecting, preserving, organizing, describing  and sharing records and documents of significant historical, legal and administrative value to the District and its two colleges. In addition, we seek to develop practical application for the collections of the Archives and make records and documents accessible to administrators, faculty, staff, students and the community at large.

Description of the Collection

The Archive collection consists of historical documents of the foundation of the district and its two campuses, including the complete architectural records of Kump, Masten and Hurd for both colleges. There are special collections of photographs, catalogs and schedules and biographical information on faculty and staff.

The collections do not circulate outside the building but the public is welcome to use the documents. Photocopying services are available.

For a quick overview of Foothill and De Anza's early history, please watch this short video:

For more detailed information about the early history of our two colleges, please click on the links below:

Foothill College: The First 25 Years

De Anza College:  35th Anniversary History   

To view some samples from our photo collection, watch this slideshow on YouTube:

Foothill and De Anza - Beginnings                                 

Foothill and De Anza Colleges: The First Fifty Years. 

This link below will open a PDF version of a 50th Anniversary booklet providing a brief history of the district from 1958-2008. The booklet was distributed along with the "First Fifty Years" video as a DVD set:

FHDA 50th Anniversary Booklet

For more information, please contact: Chris White, Archivist: