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The Mountain Echo Index 1896-1916

Available at the Museum and at the Santa Cruz Main Library. Also available in card file form at the Boulder Creek Library.

Microfilm of the newspapers are available at the Santa Cruz Main Library

Newspaper Abstracts and Articles Online

UC Riverside Digital Newspaper Collection

Boulder Creek Public Library

13390 West Park, Boulder Creek, CA 95006-9301
PH (831) 420-5319 TDD (831) 420-5733

Santa Cruz Central Library

224 Church St., Santa Cruz, CA CA 95060-3873
PH (831) 420-5700 TDD (831) 420-5733
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UCSC Special Collections and Archive

Special Collections is located on the third floor of McHenry Library on the UCSC campus.
1156 High Street Santa Cruz, CA 95064
PH (831) 459-2547
Special Collections and Archives

UCSC Map Room

The University Library Map Collection is located on the lower floor of the Science & Engineering Library. It contains more than 160,000 items, including the region's largest and most comprehensive collection of maps and aerial photographs.
Call before visiting:
PH (831) 459-2364
UCSC Map Room

UCSC Digital Collections

The UCSC University Library's Digital Collections site holds a growing treasury of digitized photographs, maps, artwork, oral history transcripts, sound recordings, as well as "born digital" materials. The collections focus on the most rare and unique materials in order to provide access to the UCSC community and the world.
Digital Collections On-Line



Santa Cruz County Museums Partnership Brochure

Sandborn Fire Insurance Maps

Available online from the UCSC Map Room:
Sanborn Maps

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

The Museum is located at the McPherson Center.
705 Front Street, Santa Cruz (corner of Front and Cooper Streets)
PH (831) 429-1964

Guides to the collection are available here;
Guides to the MAH Collection

The archives, which includes an extensive newspaper clipping collection, are available by appointment:
PH (831) 429-1964 Ext 17 or email:

Roaring Camp Railroads

Graham Hill Road, Felton, CA 95018
PH (831) 335-4484

History of Santa Cruz County, California.

E. S. Harrison, Pacific Press Publ. Co., San Francisco, 1891

California Prehistory

This is a site that is edited by professional archaeologists, anthropologists, prehistorians and other specialists, and is designed to collect and make available the results of over a hundred years of research.

Researchers Anonymous

A program of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
Researchers Anonymous is group of people interested in researching and discussing local history. Topics vary from family heritage to historic buildings. This group meets monthly and anyone may join the group. If you're interested, send an email to:

or visit:
Researchers Anonymous


The Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County

Located at the Central Branch of the Santa Cruz Public Library.
Santa Cruz Genealogical Society

Santa Cruz Family History Center

220 Elk Street, Santa Cruz
PH (831) 426-1078

California Genealogical Society and Library

1611 Telegraph Avenue, Suite 100, Oakland, CA 94612-2154
PH (510) 663-1358




Every Structure Tells a Story (published Book)

How to Research the history of a property in Santa Cruz County: with research techniques, sources of information, locations of research material, and a bibliography.
Santa Cruz, Calif.: Santa Cruz County Historical Trust Publications Committee (Stanley D. Stevens, Chair), 1990


San Lorenzo Valley Museum
12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006 Map Here
Phone: +1 (831) 338-8382

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