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Archives and Collections
The Glendale History Room at the Glendale Central Library contains books, photographs, pamphlets, maps and periodicals about Glendale and its history. Materials about neighboring cities and California as they pertain to Glendale, and books by local authors are also part of the collection. The archival holdings include the personal papers of Carroll “Mr. Glendale” Parcher (1903–1992), who was at various times the editor of the Glendale News-Press, a member of the city council, and the city’s mayor; and the papers of Dora Verdugo (1882–1984), who was the great-granddaughter of Jose Verdugo, the original recipient in 1784 of the Spanish land grant for the property on which the City of Glendale is located. All materials are listed in the catalog, are for reference only and may not be borrowed. Some materials in the reading room are available for browsing, but most materials are in a closed stack area and must be requested. Much of the Glendale History Collection has been digitized and made available online.
Brand Library & Art Center is a branch of the Library, Arts & Culture Department. This unique public library has been a cornerstone for the arts in Southern California since 1956. Brand focuses on visual arts and music and provides free services and programs for a diverse community, including a collection of over 110,000 items, subject specialist librarians, exhibitions, concerts, lectures, dance performances, films, and hands-on craft programs for children and adults. Brand maintains historic collections related to the Brand family and their residence, Miradero, and the history of the Brand Library Art Galleries.
The Montrose Library maintains a collection of historic materials related to the history of Montrose and the surrounding Crescenta Valley.