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

Research Request

[contact-form to=’,,’ subject=’Research Request’][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Address’ type=’text’/][contact-field label=’Phone’ type=’text’/][contact-field label=’Request or Question’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]