About the Collection
The Palo Alto Historical Association maintains the historic archives for the City of Palo Alto. The archives include:
  • Historic photographs of Palo Alto and neighboring cities, dating from 1870. Of the more than 13,000 photographs, 3,000 are currently available online in our Photograph Collection.
  • Information on subjects of local interest, such as local organizations, local businesses, biographical information, brochures, and advertising fliers.
  • Obituaries published in local newspapers from the 1890s to the present. The Obituary Database is an on-line listing of the obituaries.
  • Local property files, including working papers for the city-wide historic property survey.
  • Maps
  • Oral histories in audio and video form
  • DVDs of programs presented at our general meetings, available for checkout.
All of the materials are located in the main reading room at Cubberley Community Center, Room H-5 - Guy Miller Archives, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306. Historian Steve Staiger is at the History Desk from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday evenings and from 1 to 5 p.m on Thursday afternoons. Steve can help you research a history question or a specific topic or find a particular photograph. His phone number at the library is (650) 329-2353. His e-mail address is steve.staiger@cityofpaloalto.org.


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