Palo Alto, CA – The Guy Miller Archives, which houses the City of Palo Alto’s historical photographs, newspaper clippings, biographies, letters, diaries, oral histories, maps, manuscripts, and City Directories will open in a new temporary location at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Rd Palo Alto, CA 94306, room H-5, on Tuesday, May 14. Historian Steve Staiger is on duty at the History Desk Tuesday evenings from 4 pm – 8 pm and Thursday afternoons from 1 pm – 5 pm.
The archives, which were formerly housed in the Main Library, are moving as the library has closed for renovation. The Palo Alto Historical Association (PAHA) is charged by the City of Palo Alto with maintaining the city's historic archives and making them available to the public. The archives are named the Palo Alto Historical Association - Guy Miller Archives, in honor of Guy Miller, Palo Alto's first historian. The archives include:
• Historic photographs of Palo Alto and neighboring cities, dating from 1870. Of the more than 13,000 photographs, 2,000 are currently available online in our Photograph Collection.
• Information on subjects of local interest, such as local organizations, local businesses, biographical information, brochures, and advertising fliers.
• Obituaries published in local newspapers from the 1890s to the present. The Obituary Database is an on-line listing of the obituaries.
• Local property files, including working papers for the city-wide historic property survey.
• Oral histories in audio and video form
• DVDs of programs presented at our general meetings, available for checkout.
“We are pleased to partner with PAHA to provide these local history resources,” said Library Director Monique le Conge, “We look forward to their assistance with such popular reference questions as obituary requests.”
For more information about this and other library services, please visit the website at http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/library or call 650-329-2353.