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Family Collections on PDHC

Father_of_Myrtle_NicholasPDHC knows that there is a vast treasure trove of local history stored in shoeboxes and computer drives of private individuals in the community that tell a crucial part of the history of Pasadena. We are committed to providing a platform so that these resources see the light of day.  Below is a list of Family Collections that have already been added to PDHC’s database.



Allen Family Collection

Kimball-Lawyer-Parker Collection

Jackie Mezer Collection

Louis Andrew Murillo Collection

Mary Lyle Hill Collection

Mary Schwacher-Sorenson Family Collection

Michael J. Mouat Collection

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Durham Family Collection

Nancy Honsaker Plows Collection

Pasadena Fire Department Photograph Album, 1909-1910

Paul Ayers Collection

Sid Gally Family Collection

Susan Bridges Collection

Ted Bockman Collection

White-Bailey Collection

The William H. Nicholas Family Collection

Are you interested in contributing family photos to the PDHC database? Sign up to receive our emails so you’ll hear about the next public scanning event.  Or, if you can’t wait that long, contact Dan McLaughlin at the Pasadena Public Library to start the process of getting your family collection online!

“Capture the Memories” Scanning Event

Digitization Class 02-19-13 004PDHC will be celebrating National Preservation Week, April 26 – May 2, 2015, by providing preservation tips throughout the week on Facebook and with a public scanning event:

Capture the Memories

Date & Time: Saturday, May 2, 2015, 10:00  am to 1:00 pm

Location: The Studio on 4, Central Branch, Pasadena Public Library, 285 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91101. Free parking is available in the parking lot behind the library; metered parking is available on the street.

Do you have family photos that show Pasadena’s past? Would you like your family to be part of a larger history of Pasadena and share them with researchers and people specifically interested in our community? PDHC is looking for family photos of Pasadena to add to our digital collection of online historical images. Bring in your photos, and students from PCC’s Digitization Skills Certificate Program will scan them on the spot and add them to the database. Participants will receive a USB drive with copies of their images.

Reservations: None required. However, it is recommended that prior to the event, patrons fill out an individual scan record for each photograph they plan to have scanned.