Research Materials at the History Center
Whether you’re writing a book, researching a paper, or compiling your family tree, the History Center’s Research Room is the place to start. Our knowledgeable researchers can connect you with a wealth of resources.
Some of the items in our collection are stored off-site and may not be immediately available. You may call (805) 543-0638 or submit a research request to discuss your research needs with our staff and volunteers.
- San Luis Obispo County newspapers from the 1860s to the 1970s
- A comprehensive collection of clippings, documents, and images filed by subject heading
- County directories and census records
- A small library focused on SLO County history
- San Luis Obispo County records, including courts, schools, road files, maps, and more
- Correspondence and papers from San Luis Obispo’s founding families and businesses
- More than 20,000 historic photographs
- A searchable collections catalog