The Daly City Public Library collection consists of print and audiovisual materials relating to local history and residents from the early twentieth century to the present. Of particular interest is a large collection of Daly City newspapers dating from the late nineteenth century to the mid-1960s.
The Daly City Public Library provides library services to the residents of the City of Daly City. Daly City, population 101,123 (U.S. Census 2010), is the largest city in San Mateo County and is located immediately south of the City and County of San Francisco. The Library also serves residents of the Town of Colma and unincorporated Broadmoor. Daly City is proud of its vibrant and ethnically diverse urban community. Daly City has been identified as one of the "Capitals of Asian America" - with Filipinos constituting the largest ethnic group. Daly City is 55.6% Asian; 23.7% Hispanic or Latino; 13.9% White, Non-Hispanic; 3.6% African-American; and 12.3% Other (U.S. Census 2010).
The Ethnic Studies Library, University of California, Berkeley collection contains audiovisual material (moving images and audio) from the 1960s to the 1980s. These recordings include a selection of the H.K. Yuen collection which features multimedia materials on a wide range of historic themes and events set in Berkeley and the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Other highlights include episodes from a bilingual Chinese and English TV-series co-produced by the Chinese Media Committee of Chinese for Affirmative Action and KPIX-TV Westinghouse and recordings from local stations KQED and KPFA.
The History San Jose collection contains print and audiovisual material (text, still images, moving images, and audio) from the 1790s to the 1990s. The majority of the collection consists of KNTV news broadcasts, oral history recordings, and transcripts.
The Ontario City Library collection contains audiovisual material (moving images, audio) and still images from the mid 1890s to the mid 1990s. The majority of the collection consists of oral histories and include subjects and topics such as automobiles, John S. Armstrong, the Long Beach Earthquake of 1933, Chaffey College, and more.
The Oral History Center of the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley collection contains audiovisual materials (moving images, audio) from the 1950s to the 2000s. The majority of the collection consists of oral history recordings focusing on the history of the Bay Area as well as the Western United States, including recordings with artists, activists, agriculturalists, and residents sharing local history. Highlights include an interview with Dorothea Lange.
The Pacifica Radio Archives collection contains audio recordings from the 1940s to the 1990s. The majority of the collection consists of oral history and programs on politics, art and culture. Highlights include a recording of Allen Ginsberg reading his poetry.
The Sonoma County Library collection contains text and audiovisual material (moving images and audio) from the 1940s to 1990s. A majority of the collection consists of film concerning politics and recreation in Sonoma County. Subjects also include news clippings documenting Sonoma County citizens and their involvement in World War II.
The University of Southern California, USC Libraries, Special Collections online collection contains audiovisual material (moving images and audio) from the 1940s to present day. The recordings in this collection include videos from the USC Thornton School of Music records which document lectures by notable composers such as Henry Mancini and Andre Previn, as well as video and audio which document and comment on the brutal beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles and its effect on race relations in that era.