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Research Tools


Doing research? Curious about Campbell’s history? Trying to figure out the story behind an old building, street name, or organization? In addition to our Online Collections Catalog, Here are a few tools the Campbell Museums have to offer to aid you in your investigation. Whether you are a professional or amateur historian, we want to help you in your historical exploration.

Image Requests

  • Digital copies of images in our collection can be requested for a fee. View the fee schedule (as of 2023).

    • To request a high-resolution image(s), email the Collections Specialist. If you know what images you want, please provide the Object ID number in your email. Museum staff will reach out to you with a "Photo Permission Form" to document how you intend to use the image, and an invoice. Once the invoice is paid and the form is signed, you will be emailed a high-resolution copy of the requested image(s).


History Pin

  • Explore what Campbell used to look like on our HistoryPin. HistoryPin uses Google Maps to overlay photographs and archival materials with their geographic location. The Campbell Museums are continually adding new images to the map. Investigate Campbell’s landscape – past and present!


  • High-resolution PDFs with keyword search capabilities of The Campbell Press and Weekly Visitor are available for research. Some issues are available on, others are only available at the Campbell Historical Museum.

    • Contact the Collections Specialist to make an appointment to view newspapers on-site:

      • Campbell Press (1904, 1906, 1945-1948, 1964-1973, and 1975-1985)

      • Weekly visitor (1895, 1896, 1904)

Oral History Transcripts + Interviews

  • Oral history interviews are conducted with everyday people who participated in or observed past events in Campbell and whose memories and perceptions of these events are to be preserved for future generations. Oral history looks to obtain information from different perspectives, often including perspectives not found in written sources.

    • The Campbell Museums have about 100 interviews available for research. Many of our interviews have been digitized and transcribed. Transcripts can be reviewed for research purposes. Contact the Collections Specialist to request a transcript.

  • Interested in telling your story?  Please contact the Collections Specialist if you would like to be considered for an interview. We aim to collect information surrounding important events, industries, and cultural trends that occurred over 40 years ago. We are especially looking for people with knowledge of Campbell's music scene in the 1970s-1980s, the local punk scene, Winchester and Campbell Skateparks, and local artists' guilds.

Email the Collections Specialist to see if we can help.

Campbell Historical Museum


51 N. Central Ave

Campbell, CA 95008

Ainsley House

300 Grant Street

Campbell, CA 95008




The Campbell Historical Museum is open year-round. 

Mailing Address

51 N. Central Ave
Campbell, CA 95008

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