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Institutional Name: Pasadena Historical Museum
Research Library and Archives
Address: 470 West Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
Phone: (626) 577-1660
Fax: (626) 577-1662
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Web page URL: http://www.pasadenahistory.org
Type of Institution: Local Historical Society
Opening Hours: Thurs - Sun: 1 - 4 p.m.
Collection Information: One million photographs are the major strength of the collection. Many have been indexed and photocopied. In addition to photographs, there are postcards, stereographs, albums and pictorials. Of note are the Pasadena Star-News and the J. Allen Hawkins photographic collections.

The book collection includes key reference works on Pasadena, the Southern California area and other subjects of historical interest. Included is an almost complete run of Pasadena City directories dating from 1895.

In the collection are many maps, which illustrate changes in the local area over the years. Among resources for architectural history are the volumes of Sanborn fire insurance maps of Pasadena and surrounding areas.

Manuscripts, scrapbooks, ephemera and news clippings are other important sources of historical information. Special collections include the Black History collection, the Marston architectural collection and the Tournament of Roses collection. A recent addition is a collection of bound volumes of the Pasadena Star-News and earlier Pasadena newspapers.

Restrictions: Collections available for research only, non-circulating.


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