Years ago (around 1979) read a very early history on Mission San Jose in your rare books collection. Do you know the exact title?
I think this may be the book you are remembering:
The history of Mission San Jose, California, 1797-1835 / by Francis Florence McCarthy; with an epilogue covering the period from 1835 to 1855 by RaymundF. Wood.
Author:McCarthy, Francis Florence, 1884-1948.
Publisher:Fremont, CA : Committee for the Restoration of the Mission San Jose, 1977, c1958
285 p. illus.
Let me know if you have additional questions.
KG Greenstein, Ohlone College Library