Collections

PMH maintains the area’s largest and most comprehensive collection of documents and artifacts related to the history of Pasadena and the west San Gabriel valley. The ever-expanding archival collection spans the years 1834 to the present and contains well over 1,000,000 historic photographs, rare books, manuscripts, maps, architectural records, and more. Significant collections include:  the Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo Collections, the Pasadena Star-News Photo Collection, the Tournament of Roses Collection, the Pasadena Black History Collection, the J. Allen Hawkins Photo Collection, the Flag Photo Collection, the Sylvanus Marston Architectural Collection, the Giddings-Hollingsworth Family Collection, and the Helen Lukens Gaut Photo Collection.

Research Library & Archives Hours:

Complimentary access Thursday through Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 pm.*

No appointment necessary.

There are charges for photocopying, scanning and mailing the results of our research (see Reproduction Services).

*Please note that the Research Library is closed on all major holidays. The Research Library's hours can be affected by the schedule at the Rose Bowl Stadium and special events. Check our calendar for specific dates.

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Photo: Tournament of Roses, 1st Prize Winner, 1897 (PMH Main Collection)

The Museum's collections also contain significant paintings, artifacts, and costumes and textiles relevant to the history of the area.

In 2010, PMH became a founding partner of Pasadena Digital History Collaboration (PDHC), which has made thousands of digital images of historic Pasadena available online.  Visit pasadenadigitalhistory.com to search the PDHC database.

Donations

The Museum’s collections have developed over the years through the generosity of donors. We do not have staff available for “walk-in” donation evaluations. If you have historically significant materials you would like to donate, please contact the Museum at 626.577.1660, ext. 12 or research@pasadenahistory.org.

 

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Photo: Tournament of Roses, 1st Prize Winner, 1897 (PMH Main Collection)

The Museum's collections also contain significant paintings, artifacts, and costumes and textiles relevant to the history of the area.

In 2010, PMH became a founding partner of Pasadena Digital History Collaboration (PDHC), which has made thousands of digital images of historic Pasadena available online.  Visit pasadenadigitalhistory.com to search the PDHC database.

Donations

The Museum’s collections have developed over the years through the generosity of donors. We do not have staff available for “walk-in” donation evaluations. If you have historically significant materials you would like to donate, please contact the Museum at 626.577.1660, ext. 12 or research@pasadenahistory.org.