History San Jose Presents Photo Exhibit

Shirlie Montgomery: Picturing San Jose Since 1938

Mon Apr 14, 2014
History Park
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The life of Shirlie Montgomery was a colorful one. From her love of photography, sports, and journalistic photography, she was in a unique position to capture history. History San Jose will presents a photography exhibit based upon a collection of her pictures.

Born in on Chapman Street in San Jose in 1918, she was the only child of Rea Montgomery. It was her dad, an avid sportsman, who passed along his love of boxing and wrestling matches. Shirlie was the great niece of T. S. Montgomery, a local realtor and developer, who donated the land to the city where the Civic Auditorium stands today.

As a professional photographer, she pointed her 4X5 Speed Graphic camera on behalf of the San Jose Mercury, the San Francisco Examiner, freelancing, even working events for Lou’s Village. She passed away in 2012, leaving thousands of photographs from her collection, most of which are in the Collection Center of History San Jose. This exhibit will be augmented by photos from private collectors, personal items owned by Shirlie, and other ephemera of old San Jose.

Shirlie Montgomery: Picturing San Jose Since 1938, is exhibited at the Leonard & David McKay Gallery in the Pasetta House at History Park and runs through August 10, 2014.



  1. History Park
    635 Phelan Avenue, San Jose, CA