Image of historic Escondido from the Frances Beven Ryan Collection. This black and white photo shows homes and businesses from the balcony of the Escondido High School. There is a view of the mountains in the distance and there are noticeably fewer buildings compared to today's Escondido.

"View of Escondido from Escondido High School" ca.1890 | Frances Ryan Photographs PC 91-297

The Pioneer Room

Escondido and North County Archives

The research room and archives is a part of the Escondido Public Library that provides the community non-circulating reference material. The local history collections include books, journals, photographs, and archival material. The family history research material primarily contains reference books.

To preserve this history and enhance the collection, the Pioneer Room welcomes contributions of historical documents and photographs pertaining to Escondido and North County San Diego. For more information or to discuss donating materials, please call us at 760-839-4315 or email us at pioneer.room@escondidolibrary.org.

Together, let ’s preserve Escondido’s history!


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Archival Collections

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Research Assistance

While appointments are not necessary to use the Archives, we welcome getting advance notice for access to the Archives and Local History Collection. Please contact us for more information

Phone: 760-839-4315

Email: pioneer.room@escondidolibrary.org

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Advertisement for Digitize Escondido. The image includes an image of photographs in a box like you'd find in an attic. The text reads: Digitize Escondido: Help preserve history! Be a part of local history. Bing your photos of Escondido  to the Pioneer Room to have them digitally preserved and widely accessible, forever!

Our archival team will digitally preserve your photos of Escondido! Let us scan your photographs, which will become part of our local history. Sponsored by the Pioneer Room Friends.

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Advertisement for the Pioneer Room in HistoryPin.org. Text reads: Explore Escondido's Historic Buildings! Ever wonder what Escondido looked like in its early years? The Pioneer Room is now on History Pin, which uses interactive maps and photographs to compare the past and present. You may click the image to be redirected to the HistoryPin.org site.

Ever wonder where the historic buildings of Escondido were located? Have you ever wandered along Grand Avenue and thought about what a business or restaurant used to be? Fear not! The Pioneer Room is now on Historypin, a website that "pins" photographs to geolocations. Features allow for searches by date and address or comparisons between the past and present.

Explore the historic buildings of Escondido here: Escondido Historic Building Collection.


Digital Reel

Search the Times-Advocate, Escondido Times, and North County Times newspapers published before 1995 using Digital Reel. The Daily Times-Advocate was founded in 1909 following the merger of two weekly papers, The Escondido Times (founded by A. J. Lindsey in 1886) and The Escondido Advocate (founded by A. D. Dunn in 1891). Also known later as the Escondido Times-Advocate, it was one of the longest-standing institutions in Escondido's history. The North County Times was formed in 1995 from the merger of the North County Blade-Citizen of Oceanside and the Escondido Times-Advocate.

PLEASE NOTE: This resource is only available on Library computers and the wireless network in the Library.

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About the Pioneer Room

The Pioneer Room was established in 1992 with a bequest from local historian Frances Beven Ryan (1901-1990). Documents, photographs, and other reference materials are available for researching a variety of local history topics, including historic homes and properties, biographies of people and families local to Escondido, and events about the history and development of Escondido and the surrounding region. The Pioneer Room identifies, collects, preserves, and provides access to a non-circulating collection of records, manuscripts, and other significant resources of enduring historical, legal, administrative, and fiscal value for the community of Escondido.

Location & Hours

247 South Kalmia St.
Escondido, CA  92025

760-839-4315

pioneer.room@escondidolibrary.org

Thursday
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday-Saturday:
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

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2022 Calendars

Image of the 2022 Pioneer Room Calendar. Click the image redirects to a page with more information about the calendars.

Featuring historic Escondido photos found in the Pioneer Room collection. Proceeds go to providing local history and genealogy events and paying for archival materials.