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Other Resources:
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County Archives
California Newspapers
California Room
California State Archives
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Much of our collection is searchable online

Online Archive of California

Search the Online Archive of California for guides to personal papers, government and corporate records, and photograph collections:


PastPerfect Online

Search our online catalog, which includes detailed descriptions and many scanned images of library, archives, and photographic material:

Audiovisual Materials

Visit History San Jose’s YouTube page and our Internet Archive collection for digitized audiovisual content.

Other Resources

Santa Clara County Recorder’s Office

If you are looking for vital records, real estate history and maps, please start at the Santa Clara County Recorder’s Office, as they also hold documents from 1851 onward.

Santa Clara County Archives

The County Archives collection complements History San Jose’s holdings. Many of their databases are searchable online.

Search California Newspapers

The California Digital Newspaper Collection is a project of the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research (CBSR) at the University of California, Riverside, providing keyword search of 72,729 digitized issues.

California Room at King Library

The San Jose Public Library’s California Room is a source for California and local San Jose history. Their website provides a guide to researching your old house, and access to other records including digitized Sanborn maps (library card required).

California State Archives

The State Archives holds many local government records as well as family history information such as probate, deeds, and naturalization records, military records, and mental health records from Agnews.

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