Fremont Local History


Local Newspapers

  • The Argus We carry microfilm from the paper’s inception on April 29, 1960 to present. A card file index is available for locating local news stories and obituaries from 1985 to 2001.
  • The News Register (aka Fremont News Register, Washington Township News Register). We have the full series, 1955 to 1972, on microfilm.
  • The Township Register. We have microfilm covering April 1927- October 1954. Bound volumes for 1921-1922 are available by appointment.
  • Maurice Marks

    The Maurice Marks Center for Local and California History houses a collection of books, newspaper clippings, documents, brochures, photographs, and ephemera. This collection is named after community activist Maurice Marks, who was influential in creating and supporting community organizations and services during Fremont's early years as a city.

    The collection focuses on the Tri-City region of Fremont, Newark and Union City with emphasis on the City of Fremont. Special areas of the collection include oral history tapes recorded in the early 1970s and mid 1980s, and the papers of Oakland Tribune reporter Gladys Williamson who covered the South County region from 1934 through 1962.

    In addition, the collection has books pertaining to the state at large, including history, politics, geography, ecology and culture. The California collection concentrates on the Spanish colonial period through the incorporation of the City of Fremont in 1956.

    Read about Fremont

    1956-2006: Fremont’s 50th Anniversary:

      • Celebrate Fremont
      • Celebrate Fremont’s 50th Anniversary Blog

    Fremont History:

      • Brief History of the City of Fremont
      • Phil Holmes’ History of Fremont

    More Local History

    Museums & Historical Societies

    Museum of Local History
        190 Anza Street, Fremont, CA 94539

    Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum
        37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536

    Union City Historical Museum
        3841 Smith St., Union City, CA 94587

       P.O. Box 13145, Oakland, CA 94661

    Mission Peak Heritage Foundation
        P.O. Box 3078, Fremont, CA 94539

    Washington Township Historical Society
        P.O. Box 3045, Fremont, CA 94539

    Fremont Main Library Phone