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Sunnyvale History

Sunnyvale Context Statement  - Adopted by City Council in 2012, the Historical Context Statement is a summary of the historic and cultural forces that shaped Sunnyvale. The following study issue was proposed to update the 2012 statement: 2019 Council Study Issue - CDD 19-04 Update to the Historical Context Statement to Include Historical Contributions Made by Asian Americans and Other Minority Groups.

Access Online Databases

Sunnyvale Digital Archive - More than 590 historic images. Images contributed by California History Center, Sunnyvale Historical Society and the Sunnyvale Public Library.

Sunnyvale Historical Newspaper Collection - Search digitized microfilm of Sunnyvale newspapers dated between 1908 and 1963.
Complete Collection (inside the Library)
Newspapers published prior to 1963 (available anywhere)

Find Items to Check Out

Passing Farms, Enduring Values: California's Santa Clara Valley, Yvonne Jacobson

Sunnyvale, Ben Koning and Anneke Metz, with the Sunnyvale Historical Society

Sunnyvale, City of Destiny, 979.473 S

Sunnyvale Collage II, Kay Peterson, 979.473 P

Sunnyvale: From the City of Destiny to the Heart of the Silicon Valley, Mary Jo Ignoffo

Consult Reference Materials

High School Yearbooks - SUNNYVALE R 373.7947

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Locate Community Resources

Discover and Go - Admission passes or discounts to more than 25 museums and cultural venues throughout the Bay Area, including local history museums such as California Historical Society, Chinese Historical Society of America Museum, GLBT History Museum, Oakland Museum of California and San Mateo County History Museum.

Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum - Exhibits about local history, including photos and artifacts.

Last Updated: Apr 22, 2020