The Local History Collection includes photographs, graphics, maps, clippings, and other archival materials.
You can search for archival collections in the Library catalog. Selected images from these collections are available for viewing on the Web.
The Library's archival collections contain resources of enduring historical value, often unpublished materials in a variety of formats. They include typescripts, handwritten documents, photographs, scrapbooks, news clippings and printed materials.
Each archival collection and map is included in the catalog. Archival catalog records have detailed information about historically significant collections such as the Edward F. Ricketts Papers, scrapbooks and registers, several photographic collections containing thousands of photographs, historical clipping files, and hundreds of maps.
Search the catalog for the subjects you are interested in, or click the links below. New windows will open.
Pictures and Graphics
The images are beautiful and historically significant photographs and other documents, including works by local photographers Julian P. Graham, William Morgan, J.K. Oliver, C.W.J. Johnson, and others. To view these images click on the links below. New windows will open. Click on the thumbnail images to enlarge.
Aerial Photographs, Series 1
Album of Monterey Wharf and other construction projects in Monterey, 1925-1931
Josephine Simoneau Fussell Collection
Julian P. Graham Collection
Lee Harbick Photograph Collection
Historic Documents File
Historic Photograph File
C.W.J. Johnson Card Photographs
Map: Master Plan of the City of Monterey
Map: Monterey Harbor, California
Map: Monterey Quadrangle
Map showing portion of Monterey
Map: The Old Plaza area of Monterey in 1849
William L. Morgan Photograph Files
William L. Morgan Slide Collection
J.K. Oliver Collection
Panoramic Photograph Collection
Portraits of the Signers of the California Constitution
Edward F. Ricketts Papers
WPA Photographs of Adobe Buildings in Monterey Co.
Information about Reproduction and Use of California History Room Images
The sample images are provided for personal viewing. The original photographs or
other documents are located in the California History Room Archives.
Reproduction and use of all images and documents in the Archives are subject to copyright law and Monterey Public Library policy. Use does not grant exclusive publication or exhibit rights. Exhibit or publication permission is for one-time use only.
The California History Room archival cataloging and digitization project was made possible by a generous grant from the Doud Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County and matching donors.
For more information, please contact Museums, Cultural Arts and Archives Manager Dennis Copeland at (831) 646-3741.