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About the Collection

The Local History Collection of the Redwood City Public Library was established for the purpose of providing patrons with research opportunities in areas of local interest and to share Redwood City's colorful heritage with the community.
At the Local History Collection, you can...
  • Learn more about the history of Redwood City
  • Explore our large collection of photographs
  • Trace your family history
  • Search for past uses of land and property
  • Location and hours
  • The Collection covers all aspects of Redwood City's development, from the 1850's to the present day. A variety of subject areas are represented, with particular emphases on businesses, public schools, civic organizations, city agencies, and early family histories.

    In addition to a large selection of primary-source materials and private papers, there are oral histories, books, newspapers, pamphlets, tax assessment rolls, maps, city directories, and over 4,000 photographs.

    While the materials do not circulate, most items can be photocopied upon request. Microfilm of local newspapers is also available for public use.

    Contributions are encouraged. The Collection is expanded and maintained largely through the efforts of the volunteers of the Archives Committee of the Redwood City Public Library. The Committee welcomes public participation in its many activities, as well as donations of any printed or photographic historical material which documents the history of Redwood City.

    The Collection is located in the Karl A. Vollmayer Local History Room on the mezzanine at the Redwood City Public Library, 1044 Middlefield Road. An archivist is available to answer questions and to assist patrons in the use of archival material.

    Beginning Monday, March 5, 2007:

    • Mon - Thurs: 12-6 PM
    • Fri - Sun: closed

    By Appointment: inquire at 650-780-7030

    To join the Archives Committee or for more information about the History Collection, call (650) 780-7030 or send email to

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