The Local History Collection at the San Luis Obispo Library includes:
- Biography Files: Clippings of local persons of note.
- Local History Reference Collection: Books related to San Luis Obispo County and region are available for use within the Library.
- Local News File/Clippings: The local news file is comprised of newspaper clippings, primarily from the local newspapers. News items are filed by subject and cover local residents, government, environmental and growth issues, crime and criminals, notable events, and celebrations.
- Microfilm Collection: Regional newspapers, some dating back to the 1800s are available on microfilm.
- San Luis Obispo City/County Directories and Phone Books
The Reference Department will search for and provide copies, as available, of obituaries for people who resided in or died in San Luis Obispo County. Please provide full name and date of death.
If you do not have a death date, you might want to try these indexes:
- California Death Index 1940-1997
- Social Security Death Index (Anyone who received Social Security)
- SLO County Clerk Recorder
Local History Searches or General Research
The Reference Department is unable to perform lengthy, in-depth research for patrons, but is happy to help in location of materials and resources.