What’s your story?

Have a question about local history? Our Research and Archives collection may be just the place to look for answers! Explore magazines, maps, newspapers, oral histories, photographs, yearbooks, scrapbooks, telephone books, reference books and more.

What We Have In Our Collection

Research and Archives holds archival material related to the Hayward area (Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Fairview, Ashland and Cherryland) as well as some information on the broader Bay Region and California. Types of materials include: business records, magazines, maps, newspapers, records from local organizations, personal papers, photographs, school yearbooks, scrapbooks, telephone books, city directories, general history and reference books, pamphlet files and some oral histories.

What We Don’t Have

Research and Archives does not have birth, marriage or death certificates, obituaries, census records or detailed information related to Fairmont Hospital burials at the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery. If you are unsure whether we can help, please contact us.

On-site Research

To get the most out of your visit to us, it is best to set up an appointment. This can be done by calling 510.581.0223 x141 or x142 or emailing the Curator/Archivist or Associate Archivist. Drop-ins to Research and Archives on the second floor are welcome during the museum’s open hours, Wednesday through Friday. Please note that drop-in visitors are assisted on a first come, first serve basis and are dependent on the Archivist’s availability and the complexity of your question.

How to Place a Research Request

If you cannot visit us, please send a written request via email or regular mail to the attention of: Archivist. Research requests are typically answered within two to three weeks. The time needed varies depending on the question(s) asked.


Research requests that take more than one hour of an Archivist’s time will be charged $10 per hour. Property and genealogy requests average about 3 hours of research time. Fees are discussed with Researcher prior to completion of the work. There is a suggested minimum donation of $10 for on-site appointments.

Why do we charge fees?

Fees help cover some (but not all) of the cost of staff time involved with answering research requests. Fees are also an essential part of the investment we make to maintain and preserve our collections.

For questions or to schedule an appointment, please contact:
John Christian, Associate Archivist
Call: 510.581.0223 x142

Diane Curry, Curator & Archivist
Call: 510.581.0223 x141

A Few Highlights From Our Collection

Oakland Tribune Clippings Files
(roughly 1922-1996)

Daily Review clippings
(roughly 1956-2000)

Hayward Journal newspaper
(1878-1903, 1929-1950)

Haypress newspaper
(Hayward Union High School)

Congressman Pete Stark’s papers spanning a 40 year congressional career

City of Hayward account ledgers and assessment records

San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery records

Hayward Poultry Producers Association records

Farm Bureau Annual Reports for Alameda County

Alameda County School Directories

Over 20,000 photographs of the Hayward area