Santa Clara County Histories Index

About The Santa Clara County Histories

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

The books are available at the Santa Clara Central Park Library. Also search online for the title - some are available at, and at subscription sites Ancestry and Heritage Quest. (Santa Clara City library card holders can access Heritage Quest from home.) Some of the publications are also available via interlibrary loan (check the library catalog).

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

Santa Clara County Histories

1. 1876 Historical Atlas of Santa Clara County 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 County, California, Roscoe D. Wyatt and Clyde Arbuckle. San Jose: San Jose Chamber of Commerce, 1948. 979.47 W97 Case
4. History of Santa Clara County. Eugene T. Sawyer. Los Angeles: Historic Records Co., 1922. 979.473 S24
5. History of Santa Clara County, 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 Ir72 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, or Santa Clara county, California. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1888. 979.47 F6S9
9. Reminiscences of Santa Clara Valley and 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. Sun Valley, Calif. : American Historical Press, 2008. 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, Calif.: Gilbert Richards Pub, 1976. 979.473 F27 Case
6. Milpitas, the Century of "Little Cornfields", 1852-1952 Patricia Loomis. Cupertino: California History Center, 1986. 979.473/L86 Case
7. Saratoga Story, R. V. Garrod. Saratoga: R. V. Garrod, 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 : leaves from a society reporter's note-book, Mary Bowden Carroll. San Jose: Press of Poppo & Hogan, 1903. 917.9473 C31