Santa Cruz County has a rich and interesting history. In addition to Santa Cruz Public Library, there are many resources in the County for those who are researching local history.
Santa Cruz Public Library
Santa Cruz Public Library has:
Agricultural History Project Center and Museum
2601 East Lake Avenue
Watsonville, CA 95076 (at the Santa Cruz County fairgrounds)
The Center supports the agricultural history of Santa Cruz County,
Monterey County, and the Pajaro Valley through exhibits, historical
archives, and agricultural research in the Codiga Center and Museum.
The archives include:
Aptos History Museum
7605-B Old Dominion Court
Aptos, CA 95003
The museum's focus is on the area comprising Aptos Village, Rio Del
Mar, Seacliff, Seascape, and the surrounding hills and beaches. Besides
exhibition space, the collection includes local artifacts, photographs,
and other information.
California State Library - California History Room
900 N Street, Room 200
Sacramento, CA 95814
The State Library has an extensive California history section which
includes books, newspapers, periodicals, manuscript collections, maps,
The Sutro Library
in San Francisco, which is part of the state library, offers the most
extensive genealogy collection west of Salt Lake City, as well as a
comprehensive local history collection.
Capitola Historical Museum
410 Capitola Avenue
Capitola, CA 95010
The Capitola Museum maintains extensive collections of photographs,
newspaper articles and artifacts related to Capitola's history, and
offers changing exhibits on the history and art of the area, as well as
on special seasonal and topical themes. Museum grounds now include a
reconstructed cottage from the era of the early 20th century beach
Covello & Covello Photography
303 Potrero St. #40-D
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Covello & Covello Photography was founded in 1938 and was
well known locally as the news photography service that provided the
photos for the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Their photo collection is
recognized as one of the most extensive photographic archives of the
Santa Cruz area. The Capitola Museum has a searchable database to some of this collection.
Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County
224 Church Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
PO Box 72
Santa Cruz, CA 95063-0072
831.427.7707 ext. 5794
The Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County provides a collection at the Downtown Branch
of Santa Cruz Public Libraries. There are more than 9,000 books,
microfilm, periodicals, CD-ROMS and other items in the collection that
cover Santa Cruz County, as well as every state and many countries.
These resources are available to researchers during normal library hours.
Volunteers are available to aid beginners, to help locate materials,
and to suggest research techniques. Call ahead to verify volunteer
Pajaro Valley Historical Association
332 E. Beach St., P.O. Box 623
Watsonville, CA 95077
The PVHA's major activities are the management of the Bockius-Orr
House, and the operation of the Borina Archive and Alzora Snyder and
Jane Borg Research Center, and the Volck Museum. The Archive holdings
include the following items dealing with the Pajaro Valley:
San Lorenzo Valley Historical Society
12547 Highway 9, P.O. Box 576
Boulder Creek, CA 95006
The society's mission is to preserve the history of the San Lorenzo
Valley through collecting and exhibiting artifacts, gathering historical
information, and providing education through its museum and educational
outreach programs. The museum collection includes archives, objects and
artifacts, and photographs.
Santa Cruz County Museums Partnership - History Museums
Santa Cruz County has several other museums and historic sites which are described on this website.
Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History Archive/Library
705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
The museum's History Gallery has a long-term exhibit, "Where the
Redwoods Meet the Sea: a History of Santa Cruz County and Its People."
In addition, there are collection guides on the website, and an archive
with research materials on all aspects of county history which is open
Scotts Valley Historical Society
The Scotts Valley Historical Society has articles and photographs on
their website called "Scotts Valley History Web." The society provides
assistance to persons interested in researching the history of their
homes, neighborhoods, or pioneer families.
Soquel Pioneer and Historical Association
5270 Pringle Lane
Soquel, CA 95073
The Soquel Pioneer and Historical Association is a volunteer
organization whose mission is to preserve the history of Soquel. The
Pioneers own many artifacts, books, and pictures, some of which are at
the Porter Memorial Public Library in Soquel.
University of California, Santa Cruz, Special Collections & Archives
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
The University Library has collections of pre-statehood documents,
scrapbooks and clipping files, photographs and photo albums taken and
compiled by local residents and professional studio photographers, and
publications by local authors and institutions. Highlights include the
Porter Family collection, the Hihn-Younger archive, the Leon Rowland
Research collection, and the Regional History Project.
The UCSC map collection (part of Special Collections) Historical Maps includes:
Watsonville Public Library
275 Main Street, Suite 100
Watsonville, CA 95076
Watsonville Public Library has: