Pasadena City College Shatford Library
The Pasadena City College Archives was established by the Library prior to 1950 to collect, arrange, describe, and preserve the historical documents of Pasadena City College. It is the repository for a wide variety of material including advertising, artifacts; catalogs; correspondence; committee and departmental meeting minutes; newsletters; newspapers; and periodicals; photographs and post cards; reports; audio and video cassettes, slides, and yearbooks.
1570 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106-2003
Pasadena Museum of History
Pasadena Museum of History maintains the area’s largest and most comprehensive collection of documents and artifacts relating to the history of Pasadena and neighboring communities. The ever-expanding collection spans the years 1834 to the present and contains well over one million historic photographs, rare books, manuscripts, maps, architectural records, art, costume and textiles, and objects.
The Mission of the Museum is to promote an appreciation of history, culture, arts, and sciences relevant to Pasadena and adjoining communities.
Pasadena Public Library
Pasadena Public Library’s historical collections reflect Pasadena’s unique historical and cultural development in the following subject areas: buildings; business; City departments; people; organizations; transportation; and views. Photographs range in date from the 1880’s to the 1970’s with most documenting Pasadena prior to 1925. The Library maintains an index to its vertical file collection of clippings and brochures. Of particular interest is our collection of rare books on Californiana and a comprehensive collection of Pasadena newspapers on microfilm, including an online index.
285 E Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91101
Pasadena Planning & Community Development Department
The City of Pasadena Planning & Community Development Department’s Design & Historic Preservation Section (previously known as “Urban Conservation”), was created to administer the City’s historic preservation programs. Since its inception, an important part of this program has involved conducting studies of neighborhoods and historic resources throughout the City, the archives from which are collected in the Design & Historic Preservation archives at the Pasadena Permit Center. A collection of digitized slides taken as part of the City’s early historic resources studies from the late 1970s and early 1980s has been included in the Pasadena Digital History Collaboration. This collection provides a glimpse into the state of the City’s building stock from that time.
175 North Garfield Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
For qualified scholars, the Huntington Library is one of the largest and most complete research libraries in the United States in its fields of specialization. The Library’s collection of rare books, manuscripts, prints, photographs, maps, and other materials in the fields of British and American history and literature totals more than six million items. Only a tiny portion of this number is on display at any one time, divided between the Main Exhibition Hall and the smaller West Hall.
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