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The Local History Collection of the Redwood City Public Library was established to provide 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
The Collection covers all aspects of Redwood City's development, from the 1850's to the present day, 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 5,500 photographs. Materials do not circulate, but 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.  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.

About the Collection

Redwood City Firehouse, Sept. 1, 1950, now home to the Public Library and the Local History Room

Firestation #1, 1884


Firestation #1, 1930s

Contact us:

The Collection is located in the Karl A. Vollmayer Local History Room on the

mezzanine at the Redwood City Public Library at 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City 94063

Hours:  Tuesday-Thursday 1:00 - 4:00 pm 


Telephone:  650.780.7030

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