Santa Cruz County History


 

More than 400 articles on Santa Cruz County history, many with illustrations, are available on this site. Also included are more than 350 full-text local newspaper articles on films and the Japanese-American internment. Browse the articles by selecting a subject from the menu to the left, or use the search form to look for something more specific.

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The Library Association, 1868-1881

The Santa Cruz City and County Public Library System had its origins early in 1868 when interested citizens resolved to provide books and magazines to participating members. A key personality of this group was Frank Cooper, who, on June 6, 1868, drafted the following proclamation:

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Excerpted from The History of the Santa Cruz Public Library System: Part 1-- 1868-1881 by Margaret Souza