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.

Postcard: Monterey Public Library in 1913


The Library's archival collections contain resources of enduring historical value, often unpublished materials in a variety of formats.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.

Archival Collections
Audiovisual Materials
Clipping Files
Pictures and Graphics


These 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 samples of these images click on the links below. New windows will open. Click on the thumbnail images to enlarge.

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.