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Research access is available on Tuesdays by appointment.
Research performed by a Museum volunteer is $38/hour. 

Documentary Artifacts

The Document Archives contain a collection of material related to El Cajon Valley  history including books, maps, document collections, newspapers, biological and subject files, oral history interviews, and ephemera.

Most of this material is only available by visiting the Museum. However, some articles of historical significance are  listed on this website's History page.

GRANTS
In 2012, we were approved for $3,000 of a Community Enhancement Grant from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to assist with maintenance of windows by having UV film applied for sun protection of contents.  The City of El Cajon approved sanding and repainting of windows with possible interior painting of rooms.


BOOKS
RanchosOver 200 books are in the Library Collection, many reference books related to the history of El Cajon Valley, and surrounding areas, with many written by local authors.  Some books in our collection are older, fiction novels popular in another era. Two old dictionaries - one from 1864, and the Knox Family Bible.


DOCUMENTS
Files on persons of note in the community-past and present, records from social organizations, i.e., El Cajon Womans Club, personal papers, diaries, and letters, such as the Amaziah Knox family, Asher/Vacher families, Robert Asher, as well as clippings of local news and obituaries.


MAPS
Collection of historical area maps:  Rancho map 1844; Texas, Oregon, California 1846; Survey of 1858; handpainted California map 1860 (shown); Plat of Rancho El Cajon 1872; Partition map of Rancho El Cajon 1874; El Cajon and Subdivision maps 1886; County map of California 1860; El Cajon Heights 1889; Early 1900s topographical maps; Subdivision, showing Knoxville 1911; Downtown El Cajon 1918; as well as maps of the 40s, 50s, 60s, and into 1990s. 


NEWSPAPERS
Collection includes bound newspapers beginning in 1892 through 1975 kept in storage. There is an older newspaper index. PDF images currently available for research: Once A Week:  1899; San Diego Advertiser:  1898;
Semi Tropic Culturist
:  1898; Heartland 1950-51; El Cajon Valley News: 1892 - 1931 (missing years: 1895-98, 1900-08, 1912-13, 1917-18, 1947-48).  
Imaging courtesy of CARMEL BUSINESS SOLUTIONS.

Not yet imaged:  El Cajon Valley News 1962-1964; Daily Californian, May 1965-December 1974;
El Cajon Californian
, 1975.  

We do not have any newspapers beyond 1975.


ORAL HISTORY

Interviews with local people, recorded on CDs and cassette tapes.

       
        PHOTOGRAPHS
        Historical photos are on file in categories of Activities, Buildings, Events, Government, Locations, People, etc.  

One-time personal/non-profit use is $20/image.  One-time commercial use is $100/image.            

Heritage Newsletter


Heritage Online 

2014

Volume 35, Issue 1 - January 2014

Volume 35, Issue 2 - April 2014


2013

Volume 34, Issue 4 - October 2013

Volume 34, Issue 3 - July 2013

Volume 34, Issue 2 - April 2013
Volume 34, Issue 1 - January 2013

2012

Volume 33, Issue 4 - October 2012
Volume 33, Issue 3 - July 2012

Volume 33, Issue 2 - April 2012
Volume 33, Issue 1 - January 2012

2011
Volume 32, Issue 4 - October 2011
Volume 32, Issue 3 - July 2011
Volume 32, Issue 2 - April 2011
Volume 32, Issue 1 - January 2011

2010
Volume 31, Issue 4 - October 2010
Volume 31, Issue 1 - January 2010

2003
Volume 24, Issue 3 - July 2003
Volume 24, Issue 2 - April 2003
Volume 24, Issue 1 - January 2003

2002
Volume 23, Issue 4 - October 2002
Volume 23, Issue 3 - July 2002
Volume 23, Issue 2 - April 2002
Volume 23, Issue 1 - January 2002

2001
Volume 22, Issue 4 - October 2001
Volume 22, Issue 3 - July 2001
Volume 22, Issue 2 - April 2001
Volume 22, Issue 1 - January 2001

Missing and Older Newsletters on File in Museum

Download Acrobat to read the newsletter in Portable Document Format (PDF).

 

 

Current Publications

available for purchase at the Knox House Museum
Valley of Opportunity - El Cajon's History
by Eldonna P. Lay $20.00

Son of the South Come West
: El Cajon's First 'Mayor'
by James Harris Graves $11.50

 Josephine: Of San Diego's Old and New Towns
Written from the personal notes of Josephine Asher Vacher, and interviews with her son, Eugene de Bac Vacher. by Eldonna P. Lay $3.00

Pioneer Teacher: Josie Grows Up
Written from the personal notes of Josephine Asher Vacher, and interviews with her son, Eugene de Bac Vacher. by Eldonna P. Lay $3.00

 The Boy Who Loved Music
by Eugene de Bac Vacher $3.00

Summers at the Paul Ranch
by George Paul $3.00

The Ancestral
by Carol Clark Cunningham $12.00

Graves and Harris 
by James Harris Graves $7.00

 Bus and Auto Tour
by Jim Walters $5.00

 

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