Historical Association

Location: Lower level of the Menlo Park Library
800 Alma St.
Menlo Park, CA
Hours: Tuesday 12 noon - 2 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m - 2 p.m.
Phone: 650 330-2522

Mailing Address:


Web site:

Menlo Park Historical Association
800 Alma St.
Menlo Park, CA 94025 


The Menlo Park Historical Association is a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving the history of Menlo Park.  Activities focus on protecting historic buildings, objects, photographs, and records.  New memberships are welcome.

First headquartered at 555 Ravenswood Ave. in the historic Gate Lodge built by Milton Latham in 1872, the Association was established in 1974.  A non-profit corporation, The Menlo Park Historical Association is involved in creating a historical collection of photographs and recording oral histories of our earliest resident families. 

Some of the materials available to visitors:

  • Polk (a.k.a. city) directories for Menlo Park from most of the 1900s
  • Haines (a.k.a. reverse, criss-cross) directories for San Mateo County into the 1970s
  • Clipping files with an index and computer listing
  • Special collections including photographs and oral histories
  • Journals such as the California Historical Society Quarterly
  • Other publications of historical material

Other sources for genealogical information:

  • Family History Center
    1105 Valparaiso Avenue, Menlo Park (650) 325-9711
  • Sutro Library
    480 Winston Drive, San Francisco (415) 731-4477
  • San Mateo County History Museum
    777 Hamilton Street, Redwood City (650) 299-0104
  • Santa Clara Library
    2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara (408) 984-3236
  • U.S. Federal Archives & Records Center
    1000 Commodore Drive, San Bruno (650) 876-9009


Also see historical information about the Menlo Park Library.

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