Reference Materials

Reference materials are various sources that provide background information or quick facts on a given topic. Explore this page to learn more about the Pioneer Room reference materials available to you. Materials can be accessed in-person during the Pioneer Room's open hours.

If you have any questions, please call us at 760-839-4315 or email us as pioneer.room@escondidolibrary.org.

You man also submit a research request or obituary request form here

 

Subject and Biographical Files

  • Various articles clipped primarily from local newspapers and magazines, and organized alphabetically by subject.
  • View the Clipping Files Guide.

 

Maps

  • City of Escondido parcel maps
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance 1892 to 1927 (microfilm)
  • USGS Topographic Survey

 

Directories

  • Business Directory photocopies from 1913-1938
  • Escondido City and telephone directories 1886-present
  • Woman's Club Escondido 1960-1996
  • Visit the Pioneer Room on California Revealed to view digital City directories from the 1950s-1980s

 

Yearbooks

  • Classical Academy (2000-2002; 2007; 2009-2014)
  • Del Lago Academy (2013; 2015-2016)
  • Escondido High School (1909-1994; 1996-2022)
  • Escondido Charter High School (1996-2005; 2007-2008; 2010-2014; 2016)
  • Hidden Valley Middle School (1975-1990; 1993-2004)
  • Orange Glen High School (1964-1983; 1985-2021)
  • San Pasqual Academy (1983; 2005-2014)
  • San Pasqual High School (1974-1986; 1989-2003; 2007-2008; 2010-2011; 2013-2017; 2019-2022)
  • Valley High School (1977-1978; 1980; 1982; 1984-1985; 2003-2008)
  • Selections of yearbooks from:
    • Children's Montessori
    • Conway Elementary School
    • Del Dios Middle School (1974-1978; 1995-1996)
    • Grant Middle School
    • Light and Life Christian School
    • Rincon Middle School

 

Microfilm Collection

  • African American Soldier Records 1639-1886
  • Alien Arrivals - Douglas, AZ 1901-1952
  • Citizen and Alien Arrivals by Aircraft at San Francisco 1936-1949
  • California State Marriage (1960-1985) and Death Index (1905-1992)
  • Escondido City Council Minutes 1888-1988
  • Escondido Times Advocate (January 20, 1887 - December 2, 1995)
  • North County Times (December 3, 1995 - March 2, 2013)
  • U-T San Diego North County (March 3, 2013 - December 31, 2018)
  • Federal Census 1850-1930 for California, Colorado, Arizona (1870-1920) and New Mexico (1850-1920)
  • Mexican-American War Records
  • Mexico Census 1790
  • Native American Census for Southern California and Western Arizona 1885-1940
  • San Diego County Naturalization Records 1853-1958
  • San Diego County Probate Order and Decrees 1886-1920
  • San Ysidro Border Crossing Records 1908-1952
  • Sanbourn Fire Maps for downtown Escondido 1892-1927

 

Oral Histories

  • Tapes from Frances B. Ryan
  • Transcriptions from Escondido Historical Society and San Diego Historical Society

 

Historical Society and Historic Organizations Newsletters and Journals

  • Boosters of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park "Poppy Paper"
  • Congress of History of San Diego and Imperial Counties "Adelante"
  • Historical Society of Southern California "Southern California Quarterly"
  • Journal of California Historical Society "California History"
  • Journal of San Diego History
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation "Preservation"
  • Old Escondido Historic District "Old Escondido Times"
  • San Diego Archaeological Center
  • San Diego Historical Society "The Times"
  • San Dieguito Heritage Museum "Heritage Times"
  • San Pasqual Battlefield Volunteer Association "Battlelines"
  • Vista Historical Society

2022 Calendars

Image of the 2022 Pioneer Room Calendar. Click the image redirects to a page with more information about the calendars.

Featuring historic Escondido photos found in the Pioneer Room collection. Proceeds go to providing local history and genealogy events and paying for archival materials.