About Agilent Technologies History Center

Fig. 2:  The garage that started it all, seen in this historical photograph

Fig. 2: The HP garage that started it all, seen in this historical photograph

The Agilent History Center tells the story of seven decades of business technology and innovation.  Agilent’s IPO set records on Nov. 18, 1999 as the largest IPO in Silicon Valley history.  But the actual story of Agilent began in a tiny garage at 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto, California, where in 1939, Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett created the original Silicon Valley startup.


Agilent History Center
5301 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 91234
(408) 345-8782

Open weekly:
Monday to Friday
9:30am – 4:30pm


How Can the History Center Help You?

Research Services:

The History Center provides answers to questions about company history as well as Agilent’s contributions to the development of science and technology, corporate culture and business management innovation.

Photographs and Images:

The History Center maintains an extensive collection of photographs that spans the life of the company from 1939 to today.

How Can You Help The History Center

At Agilent, history is made every day and we need your help to preserve this history. The History Center collects products, images and documents that tell the story of Agilent’s development and success. Historical materials are considered for inclusion into the History Center based on their importance to understanding the company’s success in technological innovation, business management leadership, and corporate culture.

If you have a collection or individual item to donate, please call (408) 345-8782; or e-mail arlene_dickson@agilent.com.

How To Find Us

The Agilent History Center is located at the Agilent corporate headquarters at 5301 Stevens Creek Blvd.  Santa Clara, CA.

History Center Hours

The History Center is open by appointment Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please note that the History Center may be temporarily closed during the day due to staff meetings, etc. so if you are planning a visit it is strongly advised that you make prior arrangements with the History Center staff.