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Fremont Local History Resources: Modern Fremont 1956 - present

Use this guide to find resources for the history of Fremont from prehistory to the present day.

Fremont begins

Fremont City Limit Sign

Galdys Williamson Collection, Maurice Marks Center for Local and California History

In 1956 Fremont began after the incorporation of five smaller districts; Centerville, Irvington, Mission San Jose, Niles, and Warm Springs.  This was done in order to keep the smaller districts from expanding boundaries of neighboring larger, established cities.

The name of Fremont was taken from John C. Fremont, an early California explorer.

History of Fremont Elections

 Finding historic election results can be time consuming with newspaper analysis, but the City Clerk's Office of the City of Fremont  has provided a list of all election results since the city's incorporation in 1956.


Aerial view of Fremont

Arial View of Fremont, Gladys Williamson Collection, Maurice Marks Center for Local and California History

Searching the Catalog

For information of the city of Fremont:

fremont calif history 

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For resources on John C. Fremont:

Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890 


Fremont Stories, Our Family Album     DVD by the Museum of Local History (2006). 3 volumes.

    1. Washington Township through 1955 - Before Fremont was officailly incorporated as one city in 1956, the area was known as Washington Township, an agricultural community of about 22,000 people. Fruit orchards, truck farming and dairies were the main industries. Local people reminisce about those days and how their families came to Washington Township.

   2. Fremont: The New City 1956-1976 This was a time for city development including growth in housing, transportation, civic facilities and parks: the Hub, Central Park, General Motors, City Government building, Lake Elizabeth.

   3. Fremont: A United Nations City 1977-2006 Fremont became part of Silicon Valley with the development of new technologies, bio-tech, and hi-tech. The diverse population increased from 100,000 to 210,000 with residents representing 155 countries and 135 languages Call No. DVD 979.465 FREMONT

•  With Us or Against Us: Afghans in America VHS by Mariam Jobrani and Kenneth Krauss (2002). 27 minutes.

 When the Soviets invaded Afghanistan in the late 1970's, Fremont, California, became the center of a community of 15,000 exiled Afghans. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, these Afghan-Americans found themselves caught in a cultural crossfire between their adoptive and native lands. Call No. Vid 958.1046 WITH Maurice Marks Center (Fremont Main Library): Library Use Only

Fremont, U.S.A. DVD by Rachel Antell and Elinor Pierce (2008) 57 minutes.

Fremont has been transformed by new immigration and is a city of many religions. After 9/11, a Muslim woman was murdered on a Fremont street. Discusses the community's response to this event and Fremont's future. Sponsored by the Pluralism Project at Harvard University. Call No. DVD 305.80097 FREMONT

The Impossible Dream: Fremont's First 25 Years DVD by Don Dillon (Mayor of Fremont, 1962-78) (2006). Call No. DVD 979.465 IMPOSSIBLE