California History Room

The Library preserves Monterey's memory in the California History Room.

Written, visual and audio materials created by and about Monterey-area residents are housed in a climate-controlled room, and are available to the public and scholars for research. Collections document early California, the geographic, cultural and social region including the Monterey Peninsula, and the City of Monterey.


The Local History Collection

California History Room collections contain books, magazines, newspapers, photographs, maps, drawings, pamphlets, diaries, letters, videos, DVDs, clippings, and other materials illuminating every aspect of life in Monterey area communities. Most titles, archival collections and digitized sample images are included in the Library catalog.

Frequently Asked Questions about visiting the California History Room and Archives.

All Local History Collections
Archives and Clippings
Sample Images
For more information call (831) 646-3741 or email

California History Room display case