Clyde Arbuckle
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Clyde Arbuckle

Clyde Arbuckle (1903-1998) was an American historian of, and lifelong resident of, San Jose, California.[1][2] He is the author of Clyde Arbuckle's History of San José.[3][4] This 500 page book[5] has been extensively referenced by historians.[6]

Early life

Arbuckle was the son of W. J. Arbuckle, and the brother of Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, a silent film star.[7] As a young man, Arbuckle played the banjo.[8] Arbuckle was also a road bicycle racer with the Garden City Wheelmen,[9][10][11] San Jose residents have named a public school in his memory,[12] and a referee at the Burbank Velodrome.[13] In 1922 he set a national cycling speed record.[14]


Arbuckle was the founder and curator[15] of the San José Historical Museum (now called History San Jose).[16] He was secretary of the San Jose Historic Landmarks Commission.[17]

Arbuckle was San Jose's official historian for more than fifty years.[18][19] During this time he amassed a large collection of photographs of the area, which are now housed at the San Jose Public Library.[8] The photographs have been used to illustrate many history books.[20][21]

A biography of Arbuckle's life, Clyde Arbuckle: A 90 Year Biography, was written by Leonard McKay published by Memorobilia of San Jose in 1993. Arbuckle died in 1998.[5]


  • Santa Clara County Ranchos, 1968
  • Oil Boring in Santa Clara Valley, 1959
  • Clyde Arbuckle's history of San Jose, 1985.[22][23]
  • History of San José: Transportation - Volume 5, 2004
  • New Almaden Mercury Mines: A Long Perspective and History, 1965, with A. C. Innes and R. Burton Rose.


  1. ^ Leonard McKay (1993). Clyde Arbuckle: A 90 Year Biography. Memorobilia of San Jose.
  2. ^ Thomas M. King (2012). History of San Jose Quakers, West Coast Friends. pp. 431-. ISBN 978-1-105-69540-7.[self-published source]
  3. ^ Barnes, Cecily. "Willow Glen residents think of their community, rather than their history, on Founders Day 1998." Willow Glen Resident. Retrieved August 24, 2012
  4. ^ Barnes, Cecily. "Helen Arbuckle's Herstory: Widow of famed local historian gets the last word.". Retrieved August 24, 2012
  5. ^ a b Singh, Gary. "History in the Making". MetroActive.
  6. ^ John V. Young (1 June 2002). Ghost Towns of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Great West Books. pp. 121-. ISBN 978-0-944220-12-2.
  7. ^ "Arbuckle never aided his family, stepmother says". Sausalito News, Volume 37, Number 38, 17 September 1921
  8. ^ a b Lauren Miranda Gilbert; Bob Johnson (2004). San Jose's Historic Downtown. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 27-. ISBN 978-0-7385-2922-6.
  9. ^ "Wheels of Time". Metro Silicon Valley.
  10. ^ "Hall of History". MetroActive.
  11. ^ "Herhold: Remembering a cycling legend who awaits a new heart". Mercury News
  12. ^ Richard Whitmire (27 May 2014). On the Rocketship: How Top Charter Schools Are Pushing the Envelope. Wiley. pp. 16-. ISBN 978-1-118-61126-5.
  13. ^ "Road Racing is hit by new law". San Jose Evening News - Jun 5, 1939
  14. ^ "Local cycling history" Archived 2016-03-05 at the Wayback Machine.. Spinning Crank.
  15. ^ Gordon Greb (December 2009). Google Brain: Making Your Memoir a Time Machine on the Internet. iUniverse. pp. 135-. ISBN 978-1-4401-8430-7.[self-published source]
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  17. ^ Erwin Gustav Gudde (1960). California Place Names: The Origin and Etymology of Current Geographical Names. University of California Press. pp. 3-. GGKEY:403N5Z6QERG.
  18. ^ Robin Chapman (16 April 2013). California Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley. The History Press. pp. 54-. ISBN 978-1-61423-922-2.
  19. ^ Emma S. Garrod (26 June 2012). One Life, Mine. Xlibris Corporation. pp. 342-. ISBN 978-1-4771-2906-7.[self-published source]
  20. ^ John D. Unruh (1 January 1993). The Plains Across: The Overland Emigrants and the Trans-Mississippi West, 1840-60. University of Illinois Press. pp. 352-. ISBN 978-0-252-06360-2.
  21. ^ Henry Luna (18 January 2006). Niles Canyon Railways. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 15-. ISBN 978-1-4396-3090-7.
  22. ^ Assistant Professor of Political Science Richardson Dilworth; Richardson Dilworth (1 April 2009). The City in American Political Development. Routledge. pp. 94-. ISBN 978-1-135-85318-1.
  23. ^ Christine Finn (2002). Artifacts: An Archaeologist's Year in Silicon Valley. MIT Press. pp. 218-. ISBN 978-0-262-56154-9.

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