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.
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.
There is no charge for visiting Research & Archives or for an Archivitst answering your questions. Donations are always welcome and help us care for the collection and continue to provide our services free of charge. Some fees may apply for digital copies, photocopies, and publication use.
Interested in donating something to the Archive Collection? We're always interested in collecting more local history. Please contact an Archivist to discuss your potential donation.
For questions or to schedule an appointment, please contact:
John Christian, Associate Archivist
Call: 510.581.0223 x142
A Few Highlights From Our Collection
Oakland Tribune Clippings Files
Daily Review clippings
Hayward Journal 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