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Carlsbad History Collection


The Carlsbad History Collection keeps the past alive by collecting and preserving local history and making it available for research. Family letters, memorabilia and early Carlsbad city documents are included in the collection. Watch the History Collection video and search our materials.

Carlsbad Stories

Oral histories provide a glimpse into the history, culture and personality of a community. This collection currently contains almost 70 interviews, listen to a clip here. As we are always seeking to collect and preserve these interviews, please contact us if you are willing to share your experiences in Carlsbad: 760-434-2931 or carlsbad.history@carlsbadca.gov


  • Carlsbad Champion, January 1926 – December 1927
  • Carlsbad Journal, January 1928 – December 1992
  • Carlsbad Sun, January 1993 – December 1995
  • North Coast Advertiser, March 5, 1975 – February 1981
  • Oceanside Blade, October 1892 – April 1930
  • And more

Print / Video

Sample resources available:


Nearly 5,000 photos are available and can be viewed and downloaded by appointment.


Visit Historic Carlsbad for a map of our historic points of interest.

Letters, Scrapbooks, Yearbooks and Boxed Memorabilia