San Mateo County Archives

Find San Mateo County California archives. Archives maintain vital, family, and genealogy records, including birth, death, marriage, and divorce records.


East Palo Alto Sheriff's Records Archive 218 Demeter Street East Palo Alto CA 94303 650-363-4312


San Bruno National Archive 1000 Commodore Drive San Bruno CA 94066 650-238-3500

San Mateo County Records Archive 400 County Center Redwood CA 94063 650-363-4711

San Mateo County Sheriff's Records Archive 1580 Maple Street Redwood CA 94063 650-363-4358

San Mateo Police Records Archive 2000 South Delaware Street San Mateo CA 94403 650-522-7700

About San Mateo County Archives

San Mateo County Archives are collections of permanently valuable records that pertain to organizations, governments, or businesses in San Mateo County, CA. Archived records include correspondence, reports, manuscripts, minutes, and other forms of documented evidence of past events. They can be used for research and analysis of past events, establishing or verifying legal claims, and preserving San Mateo County history. A repository of Archives is typically housed in a building designated for that purpose. San Mateo County Archives include museums, churches and other faith-based organizations, universities and colleges, businesses, and genealogical groups and societies.

You may contact the Archives for questions about:
  • San Mateo County public records
  • Historical documents, directories, and photographs
  • San Mateo County military records
  • California historical records
  • Genealogy records in San Mateo County, CA
San Mateo County Public Records

The San Mateo County government maintains Archives of San Mateo County public records that are available upon request. These collections include records pertaining to the proceedings of San Mateo County and local government, as well as materials that serve to preserve the heritage and history of the locality. In addition to government records, they may contain directories, photographs of prominent individuals and places, San Mateo County military records, maps, and collections from schools, civic organizations, labor unions, and businesses. San Mateo County Archives may be a component of the San Mateo County Public Library or they may be managed by a local San Mateo County historical society. These San Mateo County public records are useful to family researchers and genealogists.

California Archival Records

The California Archives contains historical records of the California government and records collected from San Mateo County governments. State Archives essentially include documents connected with the political history and past administrations of CA government. In addition to serving as a repository for permanent state government records, the California State Archives preserves materials that document California's history.

National Archives

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) maintains documents and materials created by the U.S. government, including San Mateo County public records, that are deemed to have an ongoing value. NARA has material at locations in seventeen states. In addition to maintaining archived records, NARA offers educational programs and workshops for the public on how to make use of archived records. Although not strictly considered Archives, NARA also manages the Federal Records Centers, the National Personnel Records Center, the Federal Register, and the presidential libraries.