Pasadena Museum of History

Contact Information

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Address
470 W. Walnut St. Pasadena, CA 91103
Hours
Thursday through Sunday, 1 to 4pm
Contact
Anuja Navare
Archivist
626.577.1660 x13
research@pasadenahistory.org
Website

34.1493259, -118.1609526

Access and Management

Access

Available to the public?
Yes
Available to outside researchers?
Yes
Reservations required?
No
Onsite technology available
Yes
Repository
Yes

Management

Archive / Collection information

The Research Library and Archives has been collecting material relating to the history of Pasadena since 1924. The archives contains approximately 1 million historic images (including photos, negatives, postcards, stereographs) of Pasadena and surrounding areas. There are 45 cubic feet of maps and plans of the area, as well as a set of Sanborm fire insurance maps for Pasadena. There is a large collection of ephemera, scrapbooks, and photo albums relating to the history of the city. There are about 250 special collections, including the Sylvanus Marston set of architectural drawings; the Tournament of Roses Collection; the Giddings-Hollingsworth Family Collection; the Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo Papers; the Black History Collection; the Hugh Anderson/Model Grocery Company Collection. There are more than 1,000 books and 50 linear feet of periodicals on the history of the city and general Southern California area, including a nearly complete run of Pasadena city directories from 1895-1976.

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