California Room – Local History Collection

California Room - Local History Collection

Welcome to the California Room! The California Room collects materials on California history with an emphasis on San Jose and Santa Clara Valley.

Our collections are non-circulating and may be visited at the King Library.


150 E San Fernando, San José, CA 95112


Monday 1 PM - 6 PM
Tuesday 11 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday 11 AM - 6 PM
Thursday 11 AM - 6 PM
Friday 11 AM - 6 PM
Saturday 1 PM - 6 PM
Sunday Closed

Holiday Closures

Top Collections

This source indexes materials not found in the library catalog including maps, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and research collections that pertain to people, places, and events in California, San Jose, and Santa Clara County history. The A-Z index is helpful if you are not sure of spelling.

New & Featured Resources

Newsbank: San José Mercury Historical & Current Collection

(1884-2024) Digital access to archived issues; full-page scans include articles, obituaries, classifieds, and other advertising.

History of Minor League Baseball in San Jose

Photos, programs, and memorabilia illustrate the history of minor league baseball in San Jose. On display through June 30, 2024

Historic Media & Text Archive on Internet Archive

Browse our audiovisual and text collection, including documentaries, radio spots, TV news features, local publications, and more

Research Guides & Resources

Latest Blogs

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