About Our Publications

For more than 25 years, the California History Center Foundation's publication program has been centered around books produced in its Local History Studies series, which currently number over 60 volumes.

The books have been written by professional historians as well as gifted avocational writers. Three have won national book awards and several have been used as texts in California history classes. Many of the early volumes are no longer in print but are available for research in the center's Stocklmeir Library. Those currently in print are listed below and are available from the California History Center by calling 408.864.8712.

The CHCF also publishes a magazine three times per year entitled Californian. Each issue focuses on a certain theme and contains a main feature article as well as information about activities of the CHC and CHC Foundation. The Californian, a benefit of membership in the CHCF, has been published since 1980 and many back issues are still available.

Want to know more about our publications? See a summary for each title listed below.


Book Title Author(s)
Milestones: A History of Mountain View, California by Mary Jo Ignoffo
Martin Murphy Family Saga by Marjorie Pierce
Passing Farms, Enduring Values: California's Santa Clara County by Yvonne Jacobson
Saratoga Stereopticon by Willys I. Peck
The Rise of Silicon Valley by James C. Williams
Santa Clara Sagas by Austen Warburton
Scow Schooners of San Francisco Bay by Roger Olmsted
Gilroy's Old City Hall by Woollacott, Pursell and Myer
Sunnyvale From the City of Destiny to the Heart of Silicon Valley by Mary Jo Ignoffo
Like Modern Edens by Charles L. Sullivan
The World of Fort Ross by David W Rickman
Californian various
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