The Kennedy Library’s Special Collections and Archives department acquires, preserves, and provides access to original materials documenting the history of the San Luis Obispo region, with special emphasis on ethnic studies and environmental history. These materials promote the study of local, regional, statewide history as an integral part of California’s cultural heritage.
See also the Links to the Land series of collections documenting the environmental history of San Luis Obispo county, particularly the stewardship of land by county ranchers.
Learn more about the library’s California history collections
Regional and California history collections
- California Fairs Collection, 1856 — 1997 (MS 009)
- Central Coast Farm Labor Organizing Collection, c. 1960 — 2003, (MS 098)
- Hearst Ranch and Cayucos Photograph Collection, 1890s, 1920s (bulk 1920s), (MS 158)
- Laumann Yosemite Collection, c. 1908, 1923 (MS 153)
- Alice M. Martin Papers, 1943 — 2004 (MS 122)
- NAACP Convention, Los Angeles, California, Photograph Collection, July 1949 (MS 152)
- Painted Rock Pictograph Collection, c. 1870s (MS 041)
- San Luis Obispo County Historic Lithographs Collection, 1883 (MS 047)
- San Luis Obispo County Regional Photograph Collection, 1850-1980 (MS 168)
- Sinsheimer Collection, 1868 — 1997 (MS 036)