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SMCHA Collections

The San Mateo County Historical Association's (SMCHA) collection tells the story of San Mateo County's development over time. Through the rich holdings of its Three-Dimensional and Archival Collections, SMCHA is preserving San Mateo County's cultural heritage and increasing knowledge and inspiration among present and future generations of visitors through exhibitions, research and intepretive programs.

Archival Collection

The Archival Collection ranges from 1830 to the present and includes books, clippings, documents, films, fine art, ledgers, letters, manuscripts, memorabilia, microfilm, newspapers, pamphlets, periodicals, transcripts, posters, records, scrapbooks, slides and students monographs. These materials are available for research in the Archives.

Left: Girls Baseball Team, c. 1890.
Photograph by James Van Court.

Three-Dimensional Collection

The SMCHA's Three-Dimensional Collection includes objects which are associated with the early exploration and settlements of the Peninsula, the development of towns, early industries, transporatation systems and people who contributed to shaping San Mateo County. The bulk of the Three-Dimension Collection ranges from 1830 to 1950 and includes textiles, architectural items, household goods, bottles, tools, industrial goods, fine art, weapons, furnishings and transportation objects. The collection also includes artifacts and materials excavated from archaeological sites in the County including prehistoric material and artifacts related to the settlement of the area.

Left: Fresnel lens from Point Montara Lighouse in the past exhibit Broads, Bootleggers and Bookies.

Research the Collection

As the SMCHA works to make its collection available for online research, samples of highlights from the collection will be added to the website.

Highlights from the Collection: Textiles

The Three-Dimensional Collection includes 30 carriages.
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