collections

Research Library & Archives

 

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 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 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, the Helen Lukens Gaut Photo Collection, and the Ernest A. Batchelder Archives.

Notice Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The Museum’s Reading Room & Archives are closed until further notice.

Note to Researchers:

While the Reading Room & Archives is closed, we encourage you to search the photograph collections of PMH and other institutions on the  opens in a new windowPasadena Digital History Collaboration website.

Read our full Notice Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Research Library & Archives Hours

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

No appointment necessary to use the Research Library and Archives.

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

The Research Library & Archives can be contacted at 626.577.1660 or research@pasadenahistory.orgcreate new email.

Please note that the entire Museum is closed on all major holidays. Check our calendar for specific dates.

Archival Collections

View more than 50,000 records from the collections of PMH, the Pasadena Public Library, and Pasadena City College, Shatford Library, and more!

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