Research Resources

The following are local and national resources for archival and historical research:

CSUSM Archives Brochure (link is external)

Local History and Genealogy Collections

Carlsbad Historical Society (link is external)
(760) 434-9189
258 Beech Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008


Escondido Pioneer Room (link is external)
(760) 839-4315
247 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025

Fallbrook Historical Society (link is external)
(760) 723-4125260
Rockycrest Ln, Fallbook, 92028


Oceanside Historical Society (link is external)  (link is external)
(760) 722-4786
305 North Nevada Street, Oceanside, CA 92054


Rancho Bernardo Historical Society (link is external)
email: (link sends e-mail)
(858) 775-5788
13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, San Diego, CA 92128 (in Bernardo Winery)


San Dieguito Heritage Museum (link is external)
(760) 632-9711
450 Quail Gardens Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024


San Marcos Historical Society (link is external)
(760) 744-9025
1952 Sycamore Dr, San Marcos, CA 92069

Vista Historical Society (link is external)
(760) 630-0444
2317 Foothill Dr, Vista CA 92085


San Diego Historical Society/History Center (link is external)
(619) 232-6203
1649 El Prado, Suite 3, San Diego, CA   92101

California and National Collections

California History Room (link is external) (Sacramento)

California State Archives (Sacramento)—Legislative history and public records

Library of Congress (link is external)

National Archives and Records Administration (link is external)
Laguna Niguel/Riverside, CA, and Washington DC

Online Archive of California (link is external) (OAC)

Helpful Websites

Family Records

"Family Papers: Preservation and Organization" (link is external) from the Society of California Archivists

"Archiving Family History", 3 Parts (New York Times, 5/29, 6/05, 6/12/2013)             


Conservation and Preservation

Preserving your digital memories (link is external)

Smithsonian Conservation, Appraisal and Storing Resources links (link is external)

Conserv O Grams (link is external) (National Park Service, some are very technical)

Archivery (link is external)(from Archives Methods)

Preserving Your Treasures—Caring and Storage Methods for Clothing and Textiles

"Preserving Family Photographs" (link is external) from the Society of California Archivists



NARA Resources for Genealogists (link is external) Family History and Genealogy (link is external)

"Advice on How to Research Family History", 4 Parts (New York Times, 11/06, 11/13, 1/20, 11/27/2013)


Oral History

Oral History Interviews (link is external)

Handbook for Oral History (link is external) (Baylor University)

Smithsonian Oral History Guide (link is external)

"Doing Oral History" (link is external)  from Society of California Archivists

--Compiled March 31, 2015 by Judith A. Downie, updated 20160510

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