Palo Alto Historical Association Photograph Collection
Interested In Palo Alto History?

Our mission is to collect, preserve and make available to the public information about the history of Palo Alto.

We invite you to become a member of the Association and join those who care about Palo Alto and enjoy learning about its history.

Mayfield: The Town that Wouldn't Go Away by Raye C. Ringholz

Please see Publications for details on our recently published books.

Photograph Collection

The Palo Alto Historical Association Photograph Collection contains photographs of Palo Alto and neighboring cities, dating from 1870.

Of the more than 45,000 photographs, over 15,000 are currently available online in our Photograph Collection.

Contact Us

Palo Alto Historical Association
P.O. Box 193
Palo Alto, CA 94302
(650) 329-2353

Steve Staiger
Darla Secor

Archives: (650) 329-2353

Latest News

Digital Access to Palo Alto: A Centennial History Now Available

The book is now available online with full-text searching and viewing as a book. You can also read the book page by page.


Upcoming program -

Parkey Sharkey: Tales of Palo Alto’s Once Notorious Cab Driver

June 5, 2022
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Via Zoom Webinar

Author and historian Jon Kinyon will be talking about Parkey Sharkey, Palo Alto's hard drinking cab driver in the 1950s and '60s, whose self-published book, "Whiskey Road", tells of his many adventures.

For more information, visit the Programs page.