Long Beach Collection, Long Beach Public Library

Contact Information

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Address
101 Pacific Ave. Long Beach, CA 90822
Hours
Monday, 10 am–8 pm; Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am–5:30 pm; Sunday, 12–5 pm
Contact
Lauren Nguyen
Special Collections Librarian
Lauren.Nguyen@lbpl.org
Alternate Contact
Website

33.76758, -118.1943527

Access and Management

Access

Available to the public?
Yes
Available to outside researchers?
Yes
Reservations required?
No
Onsite technology available
Yes
Catalog System
Approximately 1/3 of collection is cataloged with the rest of the library’s holdings. Card files arranged by broad subject headings provide information about holdings in pamphlet files, cultural artifacts, video and audio material, etc.
Repository
Yes
Access procedures

A current picture ID such as driver’s license is needed.

Management

Archive / Collection information

The Long Beach Collection preserves a variety of materials documenting the history of Long Beach. These include approximately one hundred audiotaped interviews, which were gathered in 1980 through an oral history project; over five thousand photographs of places and events in Long Beach; two hundred cubic feet of pamphlets and clippings arranged by broad subject categories; two hundred linear feet of cultural artifacts such as scrapbooks, directories, and time capsules; fifty maps of the City of Long Beach; one hundred videos produced by the City of Long Beach for the local cable channel; and two hundred linear feet of books and City of Long Beach documents. The library’s project to retrospectively index articles about the city’s history published in local newspapers between 1890 and 1965 is nearing completion; a database of the indexed materials may be accessed at the library.

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