Location and Hours

Pioneer Room

Pioneer Room

247 South Kalmia St.
Escondido, CA  92025


2:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. (Walk-in)
3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. (Appointment)



See all locations and get driving directions.

Pioneer Room Desk

Have a question?

Call: 760-839-4315


If you would like to donate materials to the Pioneer Room, please contact staff at:


Local History Archive

The Pioneer Room was established in 1992 with a bequest from historian Frances Beven Ryan. It houses the Library's collection of local Escondido history and genealogy research materials.

Now accepting family recipes and stories for Recipes of Escondido!

Share your favorite recipe, the story behind it, and a family photo, and we will turn it into a historic book of Escondido recipes. Participants will receive a copy of the cookbook once published. Materials will be digitized and returned, unless otherwise stated.

For more information please visit: library.escondido.org/recipes


The Pioneer Room is now on HistoryPin!

Ever wonder where the historic buildings of Escondido were located? Have you ever wandered along Grand Avenue and thought about what a business or restaurant used to be? Fear not! The Pioneer Room is now on Historypin, a website that “pins” photographs to geolocations.Features allow for searches by date and address, or to make comparisons between the past and present.

Explore the historic buildings of Escondido here: Escondido Historic Building Collection.


Archival Collections

Archival Collections

Explore the Pioneer Room's archival and digital collections.

Genealogy Resources

Genealogy Resources

Search for information on family members.

Property Resources

Property Resources

Discover the history of your home or property.

Other Reference Materials

Other Reference Materials

Other reference materials include maps, telephone directories, and newspapers.

Digital Reel  


Research Requests

You may contact our staff to request a newspaper and archive search.


Explore Escondido History

Pioneer Room Calendars

Designing Escondido

Check out our collaborative presentation with the City of Escondido's Planning Department:


Designing Escondido