San Diego History Center

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This is the largest repository of San Diego's rich history available. The reading room offers public records and reproduction maps dating from the 1850s. Also available are architectural drawings, biographical files, an ephemera collection, history books, manuscripts, newspapers, oral histories and vintage publications. Prints of more than two million images, documenting 125 years of San Diego's history, are also available. The archives are closed during the month of August for collection cataloging.

Location:  1649 El Prado, Casa de Balboa

Business hours:  Mo-Fr 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.