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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? 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. Can’t find what you are looking for? Click here to email the Collections Specialist to see if we can help.

Online Database

  • Click here to explore our online database to see highlighted objects, photos, and archives in the Campbell Museums’ collection. New items are added as the database is updated.  To research our entire collection, contact the Collections Specialist at 408-866-2759 or via email.

  • You can request images or provide feedback through the online catalog. Click here to view our Photo Reproduction Fee Schedule.

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 constantly 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. To arrange a time to review the newspapers, contact the Collections Specialist at 408-866-2759 or

    • 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. Most of our interviews have been transcribed and transcripts can be reviewed for research purposes. Please contact the Collections Specialist at 408-866-2759 or click here to email for more information.

  • Interested telling your story?  Please click here to email the Collections Specialist at if you would like to be considered for an interview.

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

Office Phone Line


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