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Index to Histories

The Society has created online indexes to the Histories listed below.

The books are available at The Central Park Library in Santa Clara. Some of the publications are also available via interlibrary loan ( check the online catalog at the Central Park Library), or available online at or Heritage Quest ( These sites are subscription but if you have a Santa Clara City Library Card you can acces Heritage Quest from home).

If you are not able to visit the Library the Research Team will copy the pages for you for a fee. They are also available to do basic Santa Clara County research. Fees vary according to the extent of the research. Please read more about our research services here.

Please be sure to include the page number when making the request.


Santa Clara County Histories

1. 1876 Historical Atlas of Santa Clara Co. San Francisco: Thompson & West: 1876. GR/912.794/T46

2. Bay of San Francisco, the Metropolis of the Pacific Coast &. Its Suburban Cities. 2 Vols. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1S92. 979.461/C15
3. Historic Names, Places, and Persons in Santa Clara Co., California, Roscoe D. Wyatt. San Jose: San Jose Chamber of Commerce, 1948. 979.47/W97 Case
4. History of Santa Clara Co. Eugene T. Sawyer. Los Angeles: Historic Records Co., 1922. 979.473/S24
5. History of Santa Clara Co., California. San Francisco: Alley, Bowen & Co.. 1881. 979.473/H67 Case
6. History of the New California, Its Resources and People, Leigh Irvine, ed. 2 vols.New York: Lewis Pub. Co., 1905. 979.4/lr72 Case
7. History of the State of California and Biographical Record of Coast Counties, J. M. Quinn. Chicago: Chapman Pub. Co., 1904. GR/979.4/G96 Case  Additional Index  (Check both indexes)
8. Pen Pictures from the Garden of The World. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1888. 979.47/F6S9
9. Reminiscences of Santa Clara Valley & San Jose, Amaury Mars. San Francisco: Artistic Pub. Co., 1901 GS 979.473/M36
10. Santa Clara County Heritage Resource Inventory, Pauline Pace. San Jose: Santa Clara County Hist. Heritage Comm, 1975. 725.94/P11
11. Santa Clara County Pioneer Papers. San Jose: California Pioneers of Santa Clara Co., 1973. GS/979.473/S23
12. Santa Clara County, Harvest of Change, Stephen M. Payne. 979.473/P34 Case
13. Sign Posts Compilation of articles by Patricia Loomis published by the San Jose Mercury-News, 1971-1981 in 2 vols. 979.474/L86 Case
14. Story of San Jose 1777 - 1869, California's First Pueblo, Oscar 0. Winther. San Francisco: California Historical Society, 1935. 979.473/W78 Case
15. Sunshine, Fruit, and Flowers. San Jose: San Jose Mercury Pub. Co., 1896. GR/979.47/S23


Town Histories

1. Campbell, the Orchard City , Jeanette Watson. Campbell: Campbell Historic Museum Ass'n, 1989. GS/979.473/W33 Case
2. History of Los Gatos, Gem of the Foothills , George C. Bruntz. Fresno: Valley Publishing, 1971.979.473/B91 Case
3. History of Palo Alto, the Early Years, Pamela Gullard & Nancy Lund. San Francisco: Scottwall Assoc., 1989.  979.473 G97
4. Images of Long Ago, a Century of People, Places, and Progress ..., Mardi Bennett, ed. Marben Ass'n, 1987. (Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, & Saratoga) 979.473/Im31
5. Los Altos Hills, the Colorful Story, Florence M. Fava. Woodside, CA: Gilbert Richards Pub, 1976. 979.473/F27 Case
6. Milpitas, the Century of "Little Cornfields, " Patricia Loomis. Cupertino: California History Center, 1986. 979.473/L86 Case
7. Saratoga Story, R. V. Garrod. Saratoga: R. V. Garood, 1962.  979.473 G24 Case
8. Saratoga's First Hundred Years, Florence Cunningham. San Jose: 1967 979.47 C97
9. Sketches of Gilroy, Santa Clara County, James C. Williams. Gilroy: Gilroy Historical Society. 979.473/W72 Case
10. Ten Years in Paradise, Mary Bowden Carroll. San Jose: Press of Poppo & Hogan, 1903. (Society reporter's notebook.)  917.9473 C31