“The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.” - Jessamyn West

Explore California's History

San José Public Library is pleased to offer the California Collection as a new eResource. California Collection provides access to over 500 California newspaper archives. Read historical accounts from newspapers spanning the state from Eureka to Chula Vista (not including the San José Mercury News).

With you can research archive databases, news articles and clippings made by other users to help uncover California history, your genealogy and family stories. After you sign in with your library card number and PIN, enter a keyword like a newspaper name, location, or family name in the search bar and begin exploring. Under the "Get Started" heading on the Home Page, you'll find tutorials and videos to help you learn how to use the site.

Save and Share Your Discoveries allows you to clip, print, save and share articles. In order to use these features, you'll need to register on the site with an e-mail address and password. This may allow to send you promotional e-mails, but you can request to receive no e-mails by changing the preferences in your profile.


If you have any questions about this or any of our other eResources, feel free to contact us. We are happy to answer any questions you have! You can also find help, tips, and links to other resources on our Online Resources pages — available 24/7.

This blog was written by Dana Lema.