Collections & Resources

Architectural History in Kern County

Kern County has a rich heritage in the area of architecture. Since 2014, the HRC has made great efforts to preserve this heritage. This collection contains a variety of items including blueprints, tracings, photographs, watercolors, correspondence, film, and ephemera. Architects featured in this collection include Charles Biggar, Whitney Biggar, Clarence Cullimore Sr. Clarence Cullimore Jr., John Pedersen, Wilson Call, and many others.

Peak Residence rendition

Kern County History

Kern County covers an area of almost 8200 square miles and has a rich tradition in agriculture, petroleum, aerospace, and music.

cullimore post card

University Archives

The University Archives contains the history and development of California State University, Bakersfield from 1965 to present. This collection contains a variety of items including photographs, videos, documents, books, sports memorabilia, and newspapers.

Ground Breaking Ceremony for California State College, Bakersfield

Finding Aids

Online Archive of California


The Historical Research Center is located on the second floor of the Walter W. Stiern Library. Research inquiries should be submitted via email to The HRC is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm by appointment only. Hours vary during the summer and holiday breaks. For general inquiries or more information, contact us at 661.654.6127 or