Catalina Island Museum Society, Inc.

Post Office Box 366
Avalon, CA 90704-366
United States
Ms. Stacey Otte

Archives and Collections

Description of Collection: 

The exhibitions of the Catalina Island Museum draw on the collections and archival holdings of the Catalina Island Museum Society. The archaeological site material in the society’s collections dates from approximately seven thousand years ago to the early 1800s. This material includes artifacts from the indigenous people known as the Gabrieliño who were living on Catalina Island when the Spanish arrived in 1542. Also in the collections are approximately two thousand items dating from the 1880s to the present which pertain to Catalina Island’s maritime history and local industries and to sport fishing, recreation, and tourism. Items include boat models, boat motors, fish mounts, fishing rods and reels, early paddleboards, swimsuits, postcards, and Catalina pottery and tiles. A small number of paintings and prints of historical interest are in the collections as well. The society’s archives contain more than one hundred audiotaped oral history interviews with local residents, including many with members of the island’s Mexican American population, as well as several maps, various city and school records, a substantial ephemera collection documenting social and political activities on Catalina Island, and a very large number of photographs. Most of these holdings date to between the 1880s and the present.

Regions covered: 
Hollywood, Los Angeles.


Catalog System: 
The complete series of Hollywood Bowl programs is cataloged on a computer database called OLIS, which is used by members of the American Symphony Orchestra League. Other parts of the collection are organized but not cataloged. The collection is exhibite
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