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SDHC Research Services

The Research Archives provides access to the photograph collection and our special collections, the region’s largest collection of historical materials, covering hundreds of years of San Diego history. Physical access to the Research Archives is now managed through a fee-based appointment system, with discounts for SDHC Members. Any questions may be emailed to Please note that the SDHC special collections receive many reference and research questions on a daily basis and we strive to respond in a timely manner.

Onsite Research Services:

Individuals, businesses and commercial clients can schedule an onsite appointment with Collections staff. SDHC Archivist offers hands-on personal assistance, minimum 2 hours:

  • $75/hr SDHC Member
  • $90/hr Non-Member

Onsite Appointment Request Form

Remote Research Services:

Individuals, businesses and commercial clients can purchase remote research assistance.

As a courtesy to those interested in our holdings, staff-conducted reference/research service fees for emailed queries are waived for the first 15 minutes.  Turnaround time is usually 5-10 working days, but can take up to four weeks.

  • $40/hr SDHC Member (with 1 free hour yearly)
  • $50/hr Non-Member

Remote Research Services Request Form


Community Research Access Days:

Community members and students have the opportunity to physically access the Research Archives four times per year during one of the scheduled Community Research Access Days.

Please see program details and make a reservation request here:

Saturday July 10, 2021

Saturday October 16, 2021

For all other inquiries, please email special collections and we’ll do our best to assist you.

SDHC Statement about Public Access to the Research Archives

Additional Resources

Resource list for conducting your own research.

 FAQ list for Appraisals, Restoration and Conservation.

If you are interested in donating an artifact, please use our Donate an Artifact form.


1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA 92101
The Special Collections and Research Archives located at the lower level of the San Diego History Center, in the Casa de Balboa.