Location:
498 Fifth Street
Hollister, CA 95023
(east side of museum)

Cost: FREE

Hours:
10:00AM - 4:00PM, second Monday of the month.

Or, by appointment for a nominal fee.

Research Center

Our Research Center currently consists of the research room and the newspaper reading room.  We’ve had so many visitors that we’re expanding to provide a larger public research space. Check back here for more information!

Location and Hours

The Research Center entrance is located on the east side of the museum. We are open to the public for San Benito County research on the second Monday of every month, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at no charge. If you plan to visit, please send us an email telling us how many are in your party, what time you plan to arrive, and what you'd like to research (sources, names, events, dates). The Research Center may also be available for research by appointment for a $5.00 fee, by special arrangement.

Our Archival Holdings

The society maintains a large collection of archival materials. These include county histories and other reference books, local history subject files, files on some local families and individuals, San Benito County newspapers, tax assessment rolls, business directories, school year books, great registers, cemetery information, family histories, diaries, maps, photos, memorabilia and much more.

Because we are an archive, we have research materials. In most cases we do not have your family history already written in our files. Cataloging of our collection is ongoing and our holdings are by no means completely indexed.

Our materials are available for use by researchers who visit the research room. Searches of our holdings are also available by written request. We perform research only in our own holdings.  If your research needs extend beyond our holdings, please ask us how to obtain other information.  We are located just down the street from the San Benito County Courthouse and a visit to the Research Center can easily be combined with a visit to the county offices.

Guidelines for use of the Research Center

Photo Reproduction / Publication

With the rich history of San Benito County, we get many requests for photos to be reproduced or used in various publications.  Be sure to familiarize yourself with the rules and guidelines and fees regarding the use of photos in your project.

If you have any questions, please contact us via email at research@sbchistoricalsociety.org.

Research Options

If you cannot visit us, research is available by volunteers at $12 per hour payable by check or PayPal in advance. Our backlog on research requests is four to five months. We apologize for any inconvenience. We are all volunteers with other jobs. 

We will be providing an online form for research requests soon.  Please check back here for more information!

Pay By Check

Research requests can be made by sending a letter with a check payable to San Benito County Historical Society to:

  Attn: Research Room
San Benito County Historical Society
498 Fifth Street
Hollister, CA  95023

Please be sure to specify that your letter is for the Research Center, to ensure that we receive it in a timely manner. In your letter, please request one of the following options:

  1. Obit lookup with verified date of death @ $3
  2. Obit lookup (1905 – 2002) without verified date of death  @ $4
  3. Research in our records collection @ $12 an hour; one-hour minimum

If you selected the research option, please be as specific as possible in describing what you would like us to research. Please include all pertinent information including names, dates, relationships and sources already searched.

Pay By PayPal

Research requests can be made using PayPal. Please send us an email at research@sbchistoricalsociety.org requesting one of the following options:

  1. Obit lookup with verified date of death @ $3
  2. Obit lookup (1905 – 2002) without verified date of death @ $4
  3. Research in our records collection @ $12 an hour; one-hour minimum

If you selected the research option, please be as specific as possible in describing what you would like us to research. Please include all pertinent information including names, dates, relationships and sources already searched. Indicate in your email that you have made your payment through PayPal.