Research Highlights

The Pioneer Room is proud to highlight works that feature materials from our collections. When possible, we have included links to projects or call numbers for items in our collections.

If you are interested in researching your next project at the Pioneer Room, please call us at 760-839-4315 or email us at

You may also fill out a research request form or view our Archival Collections or Reference Materials pages for more details. We look forward to helping connect you to the primary and secondary resources for project, thesis, or personal research. 

California State University - San Marcos

The Paradoxes of Representation: Portrayals of Asian Immigrants in Escondido Newspapers, 1893-1945

Chase Spear

This thesis explores how Asian immigrants were portrayed in the Escondido press between 1893 and 1945.

View the project website.

Books & Journals

A History of Vista by Harrison Doyle

Early Days in Escondido by Frances Beven Ryan

Early Escondido by Stephen A. Covey

Escondido As It Was by Frances Beven Ryan

Escondido Grape Day Festivals by Lucy Jones BurkEarly Escondido: The Louis A. Havens Collection by Stephen A. Covey

Escondido History and the Grape Day Celebration by Douglas Westfall

Escondido: A Pictorial History by Escondido Historical Society

Frances Beven Ryan Genealogy by Frances Beven Ryan

Hidden Valley Heritage: Escondido's First 100 Years by Alan B. McGrew

Mini Guide to Historic Escondido by Frances Beven Ryan

One Hundred Years of Library Service in Escondido by Kathy Cook

Scrapbooks and Newspaper Clippings by Frances Beven Ryan

Yes, Escondido, There Was a Felicita by Frances Beven Ryan

Yesterdays in Escondido by Frances Beven Ryan


Friends of the Pioneer Room newsletter

Pioneer Room Calendars

Reports & Surveys

A library building to match user needs : a building program for the Escondido Public Library

Escondido Historic Survey, Update 1940-1955 by City of Escondido

Escondido Public Library Long Range Plan, 1991-1995

Status Report: Chatham Site, Escondido, California

Survey Tour of Escondido's Historic Architectural Heritage by Lucy Jones Burk

The City of Escondido Historic Preservation Commission Orientation Handbook by City of Escondido Planning Division

2023 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.