About this Collection

Original articles by library staff and by local authors and material from historical books.

Articles on Santa Cruz County history, many with illustrations, are available here.

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries is grateful to our local historians and their publishers for giving permission to include their articles. The content of the articles is the responsibility of the individual authors.

It is the library's intent to provide accurate information. However, it is not possible to completely verify the accuracy of individual articles obtained from a variety of sources. If you believe that factual statements in an article are incorrect and can provide documentation, please contact the library.

Items in Santa Cruz History Articles

History of the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium<br />

Date: 1968
Source: Text from: "The History of the Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department". City of Santa Cruz, 1968, pp.15-16.
Type: ARTICLE

They Built a League and Gallery

Date: 09-01-1974
Source: This article originally appeared in the Santa Cruz Sentinel September 1, 1974, p. 7.
Type: ARTICLE

G. Brett Lytle, Professor of Languages

Date: 1991
Source: Condensed from: It Is Not My Intention to Be Captured, 1991.
Type: ARTICLE

Huey Newton Arrested in Santa Cruz County

Date: 1978
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel, 5/11/78 and 7/14/78
Type: ARTICLE

The Pilot Hose Company (1896)

Date: 1896
Source: Excerpted from: Santa Cruz County; a faithful reproduction in print and photography of its climate, capabilities, and beauties. 1896. pp. 133-134.
Type: ARTICLE

The Remarkable Good Order of Santa Cruz

Date: 1896
Source: In 1896, Santa Cruz County, a Faithful Reproduction in Print and Photography of its Climate, Capabilities and Beauties, was published. Its aim was to promote Santa Cruz and "to attract the attention of people in other parts of the country" (Prologue). It is a collection of articles on a wide variety of topics. No author is credited on the title page; some of the sections are signed. This excerpt, pages 147-48, appears to be by Mrs. E. S. Pringle.
Type: ARTICLE

The early years: Rio Del Mar and Aptos

Date: 05-1995
Source: This article is an excerpt from Rio Del Mar: a Sedate Residential Community, the Depth of its Character, 225 Years of Local History, by Allen Collins, published by the author, May 1995.

Type: ARTICLE

The Spreckels era in Rio Del Mar, 1872-1922

Date: 05-1995
Source: This article is an excerpt from Rio Del Mar: a Sedate Residential Community, the Depth of its Character, 225 Years of Local History, by Allen Collins, published by the author, May 1995.
Type: ARTICLE

The spirit of Aptos: 116-year-old hotel to become landmark

Date: 04-26-1994
Source: This article originally appeared in the San Jose Mercury News, April 26, 1994, p.1B.
Type: ARTICLE

The Santa Cruz Venetian Carnival
Frank Norris, author of McTeague and The Octopus, grew up in Oakland and San Francisco. He attended the University of California for four years, but failed to graduate because of poor grades in mathematics. After spending a year studying literatureā€¦

Date: 06-27-1896
Source: This article appeared in the June 27, 1896 issue of The Wave.
Type: ARTICLE