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Research Library & Archives

The Research Library provides onsite public access to the Photograph Collection and the Document Archives, the region’s largest collection of materials documenting hundreds of years of San Diego history. The Document Archives houses 45 million documents: public and architectural records, books, maps, scrapbooks, manuscripts, newspapers, ephemera, diaries and oral histories. The Photograph Collection has over 2 ½ million images. The Research Library serves students, historians, researchers and the general public.

LOCATION

The Research Library is on the lower level of the San Diego History Center, in the Casa de Balboa.
1649 El Prado, Suite #3
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 232- 6203 x 117 or x 123 or collections@sandiegohistory.org
For a location map: Balboa Park Map

HOURS

Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 1 pm
Please note the following special hours: on Friday, February 24 the library will be open 10:30-1:00.

ADMISSION

We invite the public to research our region’s history in the SDHC Research Archives without paying a traditional admission price. Your admission to our research archives has been donated by a generous supporter. After visiting our archives, we invite you to GIVE FORWARD to a future researcher and support their visit. Our suggested minimum donation is $10.00.