Last updated: 4/13/2018
Colma, California
Street Address
1500 Hillside Blvd.
Colma, CA 94014
Mailing Address
1500 Hillside Blvd.
Daly City, CA 94014
phone: 650-757-1676
Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Closed Mondays and Holidays
Gift Shop
Richard Rocchetta, Secretary/Docent
phone: 650-757-1676
Maureen O'connor, Presidernt

The Colma Historical Association is a non-profit, membership supported organization dedicated to the preserving, protecting and promoting of the unique history of Colma, its 17 cemeteries (including a pet cemetery) and artifacts of the early days of the community. It's motto is "It's great to be alive in Colma".


To collect, preserve and display documents and artifacts and disseminate information relating to the history of the Town of Colma.


The Colma Historical Association was founded on July 26, 1993 and is governed by a 9 member Board of Directors.

Colma is believed to be an Ohlone Indian word, meaning "many springs".

All of the land between the San Francisco border and the South San Francisco border, the Pacific Ocean and San Bruno Mountain was known as Colma (unincorporated) until 1911, when the north end of the county became Daly City. Today there is still an area that is an unincorporated Colma as well as the Town of Colma, incorporated.

Artifact Collections

Non fiction library on all subjects (over 1100 items), SF Newspaper obituaries (1907-1950 and history of San Francisco/Colma cemeteries.

Research Collections

Over 1100 items in reasearch library.

Educational Programs

School tours of the 4 buildings on the grounds (main museum, restored Colma Train Depot, restored freight shed and a reproduction of a local blacksmith shop).

We also offer tours of the local cemeteries charging $2.00 per person/per hour.


Board of Directors


Access: General Public

Appointment required: No


Our newsletter, "New and Notes" is printed four times a year: January, April, July and October.

  • "News and Notes"
  • Services

    Book Store is available on our website

    Mail orders only accompanied by check or money order payable to Colma Historical Association. Shipping and handling costs: $4.00 for each book, video and t-shirt ordered.


    We welcome any historical items for our museum displays that are particularly related to Colma. Family history is also welcome, as we want to learn and share the memories of our earlier residents.

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