The Hamsher Collection consists of approximately 100 historic photographs, many currently hanging on the walls of Los Gatos Library, in the lower level. Most were copied from original images taken between the late 1860s and 1920. Clarence Hamsher was a banker who was elected President of the First National Bank of Los Gatos in 1927. He was also an avid local historian with an intense interest in preserving the past. Mr. Hamsher collected these photographs in the 1920s, had them framed, and hung them on the walls of the bank building. When the bank was purchased by the American Trust Company in 1955, the photographs were presented to the library as a gift.