Los Angeles Public Library, History and Genealogy Department

Contact Information

Address
Central Library, 630 West Fifth Street Los Angeles, CA 90071
Hours
Monday–Thursday, 10 am–8 pm; Friday and Saturday, 10 am–6 pm; Sunday, 1–5 pm; photographs are available for viewing by appointment only
Contact
Kelly Wallace
California History Subject Specialist
history@lapl.org
Alternate Contact
Nicholas Beyelia
Website

34.0503317, -118.2549464

Access and Management

Access

Available to the public?
Yes
Available to outside researchers?
Yes
Reservations required?
No
Onsite technology available
Yes
Catalog System
Dewey Decimal, not all materials catalogued
Repository
Yes
Access procedures

All welcomed.

Management

Archive / Collection information

The History and Genealogy Department of the Los Angeles Public Library maintains a variety of resources related to the history of Los Angeles. The History Collection includes hundreds of books related to social, cultural and political aspects of Los Angeles’ storied history; the department also maintains both the California Subject and Biography Indexes, retrospective databases indexing selected citations from newspapers, magazines, and books about Los Angeles events, landmarks and historical players throughout the city’s past. The Map Collection features historic street guides of Los Angeles, historic maps of Los Angeles on aperture cards, Sanborn Fire Insurance maps of California cities, United States Geological Survey topographical maps, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration nautical charts. 

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