Monterey County Local History Directory

of Archives and Resources

MCHS volumes

A project of the Monterey County Historical Advisory Commission in conjunction with the Monterey Regional Collections Roundtable. Updated from the 2010 printed version to the online version in 2014. This directory lists local archives and local resources pertaining to Monterey County History.

Alphabetical List:

Contact Chris Ricker at rickercm@co.monterey.ca.us to include your agency or submit updates.

* Denotes information last updated by the agency in 2010

A-H

Agricultural Historical Project*
Archives of the Diocese of Monterey
Big Sur Historical Society
Bureau of Land Management Hollister Field Office (includes: Fort Ord National Monument)
California Rodeo Heritage Collection Museum*
California Views Historical Photo Collection*
Carmel-By-The-Sea
Carmel Heritage Society
Carmel Valley Historical Society
Castroville Historical Society
City of Monterey, Colton Hall Museum and Cultural Arts Division
City of Seaside, Arts & History Commission, Archive & Collections
Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center at the Presidio of Monterey
Harrison Memorial Library
Hartnell College Library- Special Collections
Heritage Society of Pacific Grove

J-M

John Steinbeck Library
Maritime Museum of Monterey
Mayo Hayes O'Donnell Library (Monterey History and Art Association)
Mission San Antonio de Padua
Monterey Bay Aquarium Image Resources Department
Monterey Bay Family History Center
Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum
Monterey County Free Libraries
Monterey County Genealogy Society, Inc.
Monterey County Historical Society, Inc.
Monterey Museum of Art
Monterey Peninsula College Library
Monterey Public Library California History Room & Archives
Nacitone Regional Interpretive Center*
National Steinbeck Center
Naval Postgraduate School

P-Z

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Pacific Grove Public Library
Pajaro Valley Historical Association
Pebble Beach Company Lagorio Archive*
Presidio of Monterey Museum
San Antonio Valley Historical Association
Soledad Historical Society*
Zena Holman Research Library*



 

Agricultural Historical Project*

Agricultural Historical Project

Description: The Agricultural History Project’s (AHP) mission is to preserve and promote the history of agriculture on the Central Coast. The ground floor of the Codiga Center and Museum houses displays including a Timeline of Agricultural History of Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties; Awesome Apple, a history of the local apple industry; Pick-Now – Eat Later, a display of the commercial food preservation industries so important to local agriculture; Crossing the Bar, the history of Hudson’s Landing; Legacy of the Vaqueros, an exhibit on the cattle industry from mission days to current practices; an extensive milk bottle collection and information and artifacts from Central Coast dairies; a fruit jar display; and Yesterday’s Kitchen. The Santa Cruz Room on the second floor houses a growing library of agricultural related items including UC Agricultural Extension Service Circulars, local history books and publications, selected years of the “Yearbook of Agriculture”, farm equipment manuals, farm maps, crop reports, photographs, and apple and vegetable labels.

Information: Agricultural History Project 2601 East Lake Ave. Watsonville, CA 95076

Phone:
831.724.5898

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1181 Watsonville, CA 95077

Website: www.aghistoryproject.org

Days and Hours Open:

Thursday-Sunday 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. or by appointment.
Research by appointment only.

Contact Person:

Pat Johns,
Volunteer Codiga Center Coordinator

Email: pat@aghistoryproject.org

Access: The displays, farm implements and artifacts are available for viewing during stated open hours. Use of the library and its materials requires a prior appointment with the volunteer library coordinator. AHP volunteers will arrange for all reproduction or copying of materials at designated fees. U.S. copyright law governs reproduction and other uses of copyrighted materials. Please visit the AHP website for further descriptions of AHP and its activities.

Identification of resources: AHP is in the process of cataloging its collection.

Resources:

Special Note: N/A

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Archives of the Diocese of Monterey

Archives of the Diocese of Monterey

Description: The Diocese of Monterey is a subdivision of the Roman Catholic Church that includes the counties of Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey and San Luis Obispo. The Archives of the Diocese collects the records of the diocesan central administration, of the various parishes in these four counties and of any other Catholic institution owned by the Bishop of Monterey. Seven of the California Missions fall within the area of the diocese (Santa Cruz, San Juan Bautista, Carmel, San Antonio, Soledad, San Miguel, and San Luis Obispo). In addition to church records, the Archives collect documentation on other matters concerning the Catholic faith in the four county areas.

Information: Diocese Archives P. O. Box 2048 Monterey, CA 93942

Phone: 831.373.2127

Fax: 831.655-4809

Email: archives@dioceseofmonterey.org

Days and Hours Open:

Tuesday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. by appointment

Contact Person:

Reverend Carl Faria
Archivist

Access: An appointment is necessary for access to the Archives. Limitations of staffing make an appointment necessary. An appointment can be requested by Phone: , Fax: , e-mail or post. Rules for use will be described when the appointment is made. One must sign-in upon arrival. Identification may be requested. All of the record holdings of the Archives are the property of the Diocese of Monterey and are under copyright. Published materials in the Archives are governed by U.S. copyright law.

Sacramental records (baptisms, marriages and deaths) are subject to privacy restrictions and are not open to the public.
Limitations of staffing prevent the diocese from being able to allow the public to do personal research on family history.
Limited access to baptism and marriage records is possible by petition. An application form is provided upon request. The form can be requested by Phone: , Fax: , e-mail or post. The research will be done by the archives staff and each application will be answered in writing.

Identification of resources: N/A

Resources:

Special Note: N/A

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Big Sur Historical Society

Point Sur Lighthouse
Point Sur Lighthouse, c. 1900
Courtesy of Pat Hathaway Collection of California Views, Monterey, CA

Description: The Big Sur Historical Society was founded in 1978 to preserve and promote the rich cultural heritage of Big Sur. Our collections are housed in the Bill and Lucy Post Archives on the Post Ranch, and include photos, memoirs, writings and objects from the lives of prominent Big Sur pioneers, writers and artists. The time period covered is from 1860 to the present. We operate the Ranch House Museum in Andrew Molera State Park in partnership with the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Our publications include "Recipes for Living in Big Sur" and "Big Sur" from the Images of America series.

Information: The Big Sur Historical Society operates the Ranch House Museum in Andrew Molera State Park in Big Sur. During the summer months the museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 to 3:00 p.m.. During the winter it is open on non-rainy weekends 11:00 to 3:00. Private or group tours may be arranged by appointment.

Access: Our archives are not open to the public. An appointment and several weeks of lead time are necessary to access material. The archivist will make arrangements to bring materials to the Ranch House Museum at Andrew Molera Park. There are charges for reproduction and publication.

Identification of resources: Our holdings are cataloged in a printed guide and a digital format but are available only by arrangement at the Ranch House Museum.

Resources:

Special Note: N/A

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Bureau of Land Management Hollister Field Office (includes: Fort Ord National Monument)

Description: Bureau of Land Management Hollister Field Office, including Fort Ord National Monument. Geographical scope of collection includes Monterey County, San Benito County, and Santa Cruz County. Chronological scope includes documentary administrative federal records since 1850s, other reference materials and some artifacts dating to at least several hundred years old. Topical areas of scope primarily relate to activities in support of federal land management.

Information: United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management Hollister Field Office & Fort Ord National Monument 20 Hamilton Court Hollister, CA 95023

Phone: 831.630.5000

Fax: 831.630.5055

Website: www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/hollister.html

Days and Hours Open:

Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m.  – 4:00 p.m. (Excluding Holidays)

Access: Contact Field Office Archeologist, Erik Zaborsky at ezaborsk@blm.gov for inquiries.

Identification of resources: Finding aids at the local Field Office level, but other materials may be available through Bureau-specific information requests, Library of Congress Archives, or Department of Interior Inter-Library Loan.

Resources:

Special Note: N/A

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California Rodeo Heritage Collection Museum*

California Heritage Rodeo Collection Museum
Courtesy of Monterey County Historical Society

Description: Items such as banners, photographs, saddles and artifacts of historical value have been collected and preserved. The exhibits are rotated each July and new video history programs are done each year.

Information: California Rodeo Heritage Collection Museum1034 North Main Street. Salinas, CA 93902

(California Rodeo Grounds)

831.757.2951 or 1.800.771.8807

Days and Hours Open:

Third week of July, Wednesday – Sunday
Tours By Appointment Only.

Contact Person:

Ann Bramers

Access: There are 18 members of the California Rodeo Heritage Committee that are available for tours

Identification of resources: N/A

Resources:

Special Note: N/A

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California Views Historical Photo Collection*

Photographers on California Coast
Photographers on California Coast, 1887, Frank B. Rodolph Photo
CU#79-083-0004

Description: Central California Coast from Santa Barbara North to Marin County. The bulk of the collection is of the Monterey Bay environs, Monterey adobes, Monterey fishing industry, Cannery Row, Chinese fishing villages, Pacific Grove, Carmel, Big Sur, Pebble Beach, Hotel Del Monte, Carmel Mission and most of the other California Missions, San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906, Yosemite, U.S. Naval vessels, transportation including horse-drawn vehicles, railroad, automobiles, early aviation, John Steinbeck, Ed F. Ricketts, Jo Mora (artist), Robinson Jeffers (poet), Robert Louis Stevenson (writer).
Please see our website for a complete listing (www.caviews.com).

Information: California Views Historical Photo Collection 469 Pacific Street Monterey, CA 93940-2702

Phone: 831.373.3811

Website:
www.caviews.com

Days and Hours Open:

Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Contact Person:

Mr. Pat M. Hathaway
Photo Archivist

Access: Available by walk-in, phone, mail or website from 11” X 14” to 48” x 96” in black and white or sepia.
A credit line is mandatory in all publication and displays. A $50.00 research and assembly fee will be charged, as well as a variable use and reuse fee based on application. The sale of a photograph does not imply the sale or lease of any rights other than the right to display the image. All publication rights are reserved by California Views.

Identification of resources: www.caviews.com with over 5,000 images on-line.

Resources:

Special Note: N/A

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Carmel-By-The-Sea

Hotel Carmel, 1908
Hotel Carmel, 1908
Courtesy of California Views Historical Photo Collection, Monterey, CA

Description: Operation of the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea from October 1916 to the present. Minutes, ordinances and resolutions are stored in the City Clerk's Office. Maps are stored in the Planning Department. A Historical Survey was also completed by a citizen's group and is available for review in the Planning Department. In addition, there is a collection of early 20th century paintings by local artists on display in the building.

Information: Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monte Verde between Ocean and 7th Carmel, CA 93921

Phone: 831.620.2000 Fax: 831.620.2004

Days and Hours Open:

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Contact Person:

City Clerk

Access: Collection is open to the public but material must be used in the Office of the City Clerk. Copying facilities are available.

Identification of resources: No index is available

Resources:

Special Note: N/A

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Carmel Heritage Society

First Murphy House
First Murphy House

Description: The Carmel Heritage Society, which is recognized by the City of Carmel, functions as an independent non-profit organization. Our mission is to "preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Carmel" and to foster an appreciation of this tradition. We operate, with volunteer docents, the historic First Murphy House at Lincoln and Sixth as a community welcome center, source of local information, and exhibition space which includes a continuing display of then and now photography of Carmel; an arts and crafts library; an oral history library; and changing exhibits with a focus on Carmel

Information: Carmel Heritage Society, Lincoln and Sixth P.O. Box 701 Carmel, CA 93921

Phone: 831.624.4447 Fax: 831.624.1970

Email: info@carmelheritage.org

Website: www.carmelheritage.org

Days and Hours Open:

Friday and Saturday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Contact Person:

Francesca Hawthorne
President

Access: View and purchase Carmel history video, Don't Pave Main Street, narrated by past mayor, Clint Eastwood. Other items for sale include notecards and books. We also offer a membership program to the Carmel Heritage Society, which entitles members to special discounts and invitations to our annual house and inns tours, as well as membership functions, exhibitions and other activities.

The First Murphy House is available to rent for small group meetings, by reservation, subject to availability. Please call for information.

Identification of resources: N/A

Resources: N/A

Special Note: N/A

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Carmel Valley Historical Society

Carmel Valley Historical Society

Description: The Carmel Valley Historical Society collection focuses on the Carmel Valley geographical area from the earliest Indian inhabitants to present. Our collection includes the artifacts and history of Indians, ranches and ranching, farming, and local personalities and artists. Also included are period newspapers, documents, photographs, paintings, and old-timer audios and videos. The history center also has a small library, office, and computer/workroom. Storage facilities include inside storage as well as an adjacent external storage container. Future exhibits in work: geology, flora & fauna, rivers & roads, one-room schoolhouses, Rosie’s Crackerbarrel, Volunteer Fire Dept., and vineyards & wineries.

Information: The Carmel Valley History Center is located just west of the Carmel Valley Village on the southeast corner of the Community Park at 77 W. Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924; P.O. Box 1612

Phone: 831.659-5715.

Website: carmelvalleyhistoricalsociety.org

Email: cvhs3@live.com

Access: The History Center was first opened to the public on December 7, 2013. The History Center is now open Friday and Saturday, noon to 4pm.

Identification of resources: The office includes a desktop computer with PastPerfect 5.0B9 software and an inkjet printer. There is no online research capability yet. Usable exhibit space is in a single room, approx. 2,000 sq. ft. in area. The exhibits are primarily based on refurbished, internally-lighted glass cabinets. Approx. 200 feet of wall area is used for display. Approx. 500 sq. ft. of outside display area is used to exhibit a farm implement collection.

Resources:

Special Note: The History Center also has an antique rosewood square grand piano, the first in Carmel Valley - it was built in New York in the 1840s and shipped around South America’s Cape Horn, eventually gracing the Hatton family living room in Carmel Valley for many years.

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Castroville Historical Society

William Wallace's California Market
William Wallace's California Market, Castroville, c. 1880
Courtesy of the Monterey County Historical Society

Description: We have photographs, maps, and newspapers. Several other items people have said they would donate when we have a museum or place to put them. We are only six years old and have done two walking tours of Castroville and one tour of Mulligan Hill. Mulligan Hill is a historical point in our area. We will be doing more in the near future.

Information: Castroville Historical Society, 11560 Merritt Street Castroville, CA 95012

Access: N/A

Identification of resources: N/A

Resources: N/A

Special Note: N/A

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City of Monterey, Colton Hall Museum and Cultural Arts Division

Colton Hall
Colton Hall

Description: City of Monterey Colton Hall Museum and Cultural Arts Division the City of Monterey Museums acquire, preserve, manage and interpret artifacts, documents, books and art objects documenting the history, culture, and artistic representation of the City of Monterey. Monterey area (Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey Counties) Early California period - present day Culturally - Native people, Spanish, Mexican and American Historical Documents, Artifacts, literature and art.

Information:

Museum and Cultural Arts Division
570 Pacific Street Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831.646.5648 Fax: 831.646.3917

Colton Hall
570 Pacific Street Monterey, CA 93940 

Phone: 831.646.5640 (Museum) Fax: 831.646.3917 

Website: www.monterey.org/museums/CityMuseums/ColtonHallMuseum.aspx#loc

Days and Hours Open:

Every day 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day

Presidio of Monterey Museum
Corporal Ewing Road, Bldg. 113
Monterey, CA 93944 

Phone: 831.646.3456 Fax: 831.646.3917

Website: www.monterey.org/museums/CityMuseums/PresidioofMontereyMuseum.aspx#loc

Days and Hours Open:

Monday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day

Alvarado Gallery
Second floor of the Monterey Conference Center One Portola Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940 

Phone: 831.646.5640 (Museum) Fax:  831.646.3917
831.646.3770 for weekend schedule information 

Website:www.monterey.org/museums/MontereyArt/AlvaradoGallery.aspx#

Days and Hours Open:

Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
May be open on weekends for scheduled events

Access: City of Monterey - Museum Division Access to collections - By appointment
Colton Hall Museum - Free and open to the public
Presidio of Monterey Museum - Free and open to the public
Alvarado Gallery - Free and open to the public
Pacific Biological Laboratory - Special request; Reproduction/Filming request forms are required for most collection and site usage.

Identification of resources: Holdings are cataloged/inventoried only on site.

Resources:

Special Note: N/A

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City of Seaside, Arts & History Commission: Archive & Collections

Description: The archives and artifacts cover the history of Seaside from founding (1880s) through incorporation (1954) to the present, including the original areas of Seaside (now part of Monterey and Sand City) and the former Ft. Ord. The collection focuses primarily on the people and families who created, settled and developed the city and forged a close relationship with the base at Fort Ord.

Information:

Oldemeyer Center
986 Hilby Avenue,
Seaside CA 93955

Days and Hours Open:

Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. by appointment only

Access: by appointment only

Contact Person:

Nancy Towne
Director, Recreational Services

Phone: 831.899.6801

Email: ntowne@ci.seaside.ca.us

An Archives Management Plan is being developed by the City and Commission. Initially this will provide better storage and cataloguing to facilitate research; the ultimate goal is a digitized archive accessed via Past Perfect Online. The City website History page is being updated and expanded and will be the access point for web-based history. Access for family history and research purposes is by appointment and with City approval only at this stage. Reproductions of archival materials (e.g. photographs) is possible after clearance by the City and families involved.

Identification of resources: N/A

Resources: The collection includes photographs, newspapers, letters, maps, magazine clippings, records of Commissions and City Departments from 1955 on; maps and blueprints from pre and post- incorporation and later Redevelopment projects.

Historical Commission scrapbooks.

Household artifacts covering household and civic life .

Special Note: N/A

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Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

 

Colton Hall
Archivist, Lisa Crunk shows the Historical Records Collection of the Defense Language Institute, 2011.

Description: The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) at the Presidio of Monterey is arguably the foremost foreign language training organization in the world and is the primary organization responsible for providing culturally based foreign language education, training, evaluation, research, and sustainment for Department of Defense personnel. The DLIFLC Command History Office supports the DLIFLC commandant by maintaining a Historic Records Collection (archives) whose scope includes all aspects of the Defense Foreign Language Program, mainly the history of DLIFLC and its predecessor organizations, as well as the Presidio of Monterey, the Ord Military Community, and the former Fort Ord.

Information: The Historic Records Collection (archives) is located within the Chamberlin Library, Ord Military Community, on General Jim Moore Blvd in Seaside, CA (Bldg. 4275).

Website: www.dliflc.edu/commandhistoryof.html

Access: The public may make appointments to conduct research by contacting the DLIFLC Archivist, Kurt Kuss, at 831.242-7682 or 242-7437. Note: budgetary uncertainty may affect access to the archives at any time.

Identification of resources: Researchers can search the online archival catalogue for the Historic Records Collection (archives) by accessing the following website: http://www.dliflc.edu/commandhistoryof.html Additional finding aids are maintained onsite by the archivist for the collections, although access to these may be affected by budgetary uncertainty.

Resources:

Special Note: The collection is rich in documenting the military history of the Monterey Region and in particular holds the most complete archival collection of the Fort Ord Panorama newspaper.

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Harrison Memorial Library

Harrison Memorial Library
The Henry Meade Williams Local History
Dept. at Harrison Memorial Library

Description: The Henry Meade Williams Local History Department is part of the Harrison Memorial Library, the public library of the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Since the 1930's, Carmel Librarians have been acquiring historical materials that were kept and used in the library's reference department. A separate Local History Department was established in 1989 to better house, care for, and expand the collections, and to increase public awareness of local history through exhibits and programs. The department is headed by a Librarian/Archivist who works under the general direction of the Library Director. The Henry Meade Williams Local History Room is devoted to acquiring, preserving, and making available historically significant items concerning the history of the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea from its earliest days in the 1900's to the present. These collections include over 6,000 photographs, 2,000 books and letters, diaries, manuscripts, programs, maps, scrapbooks and works of art.

Information: Harrison Memorial Library, Local History Department Mission Street and Sixth Avenue P.O. Box 800 Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

Website: www.hm-lib.org

Email: hml.localhist@gmail.com

Days and Hours Open:

Tuesday - Friday from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and by special appointment

Contact Person:

Ashlee Wright
Local History Librarian

Access: All materials are non-circulating and may be used in the Local History Reading Room. Collections and items that are being processed, are not yet arranged, or are exceptionally fragile may have restricted access. A copy machine and microfilm reader are available in the department. For information on photograph reproductions please contact the Local History Librarian.

Identification of resources: Card Catalog: Indexed in the card catalog are all the photographs, collected papers, pamphlets, manuscripts, posters, scrapbooks, clippings, etc. There is currently an ongoing project to put the information on the cards into the online catalog. Finding Aids and Inventories: Finding Aids are available for a large portion of the Collections in the Department and are accessible in the department. Online Catalog: The online catalog shows the Local History Department's holdings of books and collections made up largely of published materials. Since 2005 the Carmel Pine Cone has been indexed in the online catalog instead of the card catalog.

Resources:

Special Note: N/A

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Hartnell College Library - Special Collections

Hartness College
Hartnell College

Description: Special Collections in the Hartnell College Library includes the O. P. Silliman Memorial Library and the Hartnell College Archives. The Silliman collection was bequeathed to the college in 1946 and includes books and periodicals relating to the ornithology and natural history of the Pacific coast. The college archives include yearbooks, newspapers, college catalogs, schedule of classes, reports, meeting minutes, and photographs.

Information: Hartnell College Library, Special Collections 411 Central Avenue Salinas, CA 93901

Phone: 831.755.6872

Days and Hours Open:

Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Closed Holiday Weekends and during School Breaks

Summer Hours:

Monday – Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Closed weekends

Contact Person:

Reference Services

Phone: 831.759.6078

Access: Collection is open to the public by appointment only. Copying facilities are available for a charge.

Identification of resources: The collection is indexed separately. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Resources: N/A

Special Note: N/A

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Heritage Society of Pacific Grove

Heritage Society of Pacific Grove

Description: N/A

Information: N/A

Access: On site, by appointment. Copies may be requested.

Identification of resources: N/A

Resources:

Special Note: N/A

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John Steinbeck Library

John Steinbeck Library
John Steinbeck Library

Description: Selected works, criticism, and other material relating to John Steinbeck are available during Library hours. And Salinas history with some material concerning surrounding areas.

Information: John Steinbeck Library, 350 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901

Phone: 831.758.7311

Mailing Address: 110 West San Luis Street, Salinas, CA 93901

Days and Hours Open:

(Please call to confirm as they are subject to change)

Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday – Wednesday 12:00 noon. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 noon. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Contact Person:

Reference Librarian,
Reference Desk

Access: Books, pamphlets, photographs, and clippings are for library use during regular library hours. Use of the clipping files and photographs requires sign up at the Reference Desk and exchange of identification or Salinas Public Library Cards. Photocopiers are available in the Library. Oral history tapes and most photographs have copyright restrictions. Inquire at the Reference Desk.

Identification of resources: Books are arranged using the Dewey Decimal Classification System with listings in the computer catalog. The interviews are indexed by tape counter. The clipping files are arranged by subjects. Assistance and additional finding aids are available at the Reference Desk

Resources:

Special Note: N/A

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Maritime Museum of Monterey

Maritime Museum of Monterey

Description: 5000 volumes. Fairly complete collection of Lloyd’s Register of Ships, 1789-1950. 150 hand-written logbooks. In addition, maps, charts, ship construction plans, oral histories. Two large photographic collections Allen Knight and the Lee Collections comprise a combined total of 32,000 prints and negatives, which focus on vessels along the Pacific Coast, 1890-1950 and commerce between US and Australia, 1860-1920.

Information: Maritime Museum of Monterey 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940

Phone: 831.372-2608

Website: museumofmonterey.org

Days and Hours Open:

Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Access: All books and resource files are available to researchers for use in the library.

Identification of resources: Material is arranged according to the Dewey Decimal System.

Resources:

Special Note: N/A

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Mayo Hayes O'Donnell Library

(Monterey History and Art Association)

Mayo Hayes O'Donnell Library

Description: California history, with emphasis on Monterey, from 1840s to the present. Biography, fiction, newspaper clippings, periodicals, pamphlets, maps and charts. Library also has access to exhibit material owned by the Monterey History and Art Association.

Information: Mayo Hayes O'Donnell Library 155 Van Buren, Monterey, CA 93940

Phone: 831.372.1838

Email: mhod@netpipe.com

Days and Hours Open:

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 1:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. or by Appointment

Contact Person:

Faye Messinger,
Library Chairman

Phone: 831.624.9579

Access: Materials must be used on the premises. Copying facilities are available in the Library.

Identification of resources: Collection is arranged according to the Dewey Decimal System and alphabetically. There is a card file and shelf list available. We are currently cataloged with the City of Monterey Library and appear on their computer catalog system.

Resources: N/A

Special Note:
W.P.A. Bibliography (1800-1930) – completed during the Depression, this bibliography is an easy reference tool to the history of Monterey. It is indexed by author and review.
Vertical File of Monterey "Firsts" – 1st editions, newspapers, and program.

Vertical File of Pictures – Indians, California Missions, Chinese, Monterey, Monterey County, and Del Monte Hotel and Properties.

Noticias (1957-1977) (Complete)

Manifesto to the Mexican Republic, 1832

Bancroft and Larkin

Bolton's Palou – 4 volumes

Several early directories

We are in the process of cataloging 3 collections of papers and artifacts:

Cano-Ardaiz

Edward Doro, Poet

Judge Monte Hellam

Minnie Coyle, first and only lady Mayor of Monterey

Photo file of Amelie Elkinton

J. C. Anthony Collection

Autobiography of Wayne Edwards, History Teacher at Monterey High School from 1927 to 1956. Annual letters from time spent in the Philippine Islands as a Missionary Teacher to 1983. Photo albums of the life in the Philippines circa 1913. Scrapbooks chronicling his adventures in travel and over 200 performances at California’s First Theater.

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Mission San Antonio de Padua

Mission San Antonio de Pad
Mission San Antonio de Padua

Description: Mission San Antonio and any subject relating thereto from 1771 to the present time. Books, correspondence, documents, some copies of manuscripts, souvenirs, copies of plans and drawings, and a few original plans and drawings. Dr. Robert Hoover’s collection from the Archeological Field School is also available for scholarly research.

Information: Mission San Antonio de Padua, Jolon, CA 93928

Phone: 831.385.4478

Days and Hours Open:

Daily 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Contact Person:

Babette Smith
Ann Beckett

Access: Files are used constantly. Material will not be removed from the files. Special permission to use the collection must be obtained in advance, and a contact person (listed above) from the museum committee must be present.

Identification of resources: Files maintained in past perfect system.

Resources:

Special Note: N/A

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Monterey Bay Aquarium Image Resources Department

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Description: The Monterey Bay Aquarium Image Resources Department supplies images in-house for exhibits, publications, promotions, educational programs, and the website (www.montereybayaquarium.org).

Information: Monterey Bay Aquarium Photo Archive, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940

Phone: 831.648.4841

Email: gskidmore@mbayaq.org

Contact Person:

Gail Skidmore

Access: It is not open to the public. By special request, images are occasionally made available to other conservation non-profit organizations and to scholars.

Identification of resources: N/A

Resources:

Special Note: N/A

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Monterey Bay Family History Center

Monterey Bay Family History Center

Description: N/A

Information: Monterey Bay Family History Center

Physical Address:

Corner of Noche Buena and Plumas (back of building)

Seaside, CA 93955

Phone: 831.394.1124

Mailing Address:

25721 Box Canyon Lane, Salinas, CA 93908

Days and Hours Open:

Tuesday & Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday: By Appointment

Contact Person:

Don Locke
Director

Access: All materials must be used on the premises. A microfilm/ microfiche reader printer is available at .10¢ a copy. A photo duplication machine is available for books, etc. at .10¢ a copy. Internet use for family history research is available at no charge.

The Family History Center is run entirely by volunteer librarians. It is a non-profit organization. The public is welcome. There is no charge other than for copies or microfilm orders.

Presently the Family History Center has two microfiche, six microfilm readers and six computers with Internet access. There are nearly 5,000 items in the book and film collection. The Center accepts books, films and monetary donations

Identification of resources: N/A

Resources:

Special Note: For $6.00 for four-week loans, research films may be requested from the largest genealogical collection in the world. The cost is just .15¢ to request a microfiche. This massive collection includes over five million volumes in print and in microfilm.

Photo duplication services are also available to request copies of books in their collection.

Records on microfilm include:

1) Vital records: Births, deaths, marriages, christening, burials.

2) Court records: Probate, orphan's court, administrations, estate settlements, tax records, etc.

3) Land and property records

4) Military records

5) Census

6) Family histories and genealogies

7) County histories

The above is just a sampling as the Family History Library (FHL) includes something for nearly every country in the world. Due to the right of privacy of living individuals, not all records are made available to the public. A complete index is available at the Family History Center and online at familysearch.org.

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Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum

The Brunetti Store, King City
The Brunetti Store, King City, c. 1910
Courtesy of the Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum

Description: N/A

Information: Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum, 1160 Broadway, King City, CA 93930

Phone: 831.386.0965

Days and Hours Open:

The Main Exhibit Barn
Tuesday - Thursday10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday 12 noon – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Archive Room by Appointment Only

Contact Person:

Sharon Turner
Museum Assistant

Access: Please call the Museum office for information or an appointment: 831.386-0965.

Identification of resources:

Resources:

Special Note: N/A

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Monterey County Free Libraries

First Monterey County Librarian, Anne Hadden
Alpine Evaporated Cream Co. Gonzales, CA 1921

Description: Established in 1912, this County of Monterey historical archive is a public service of the Monterey County Free Libraries. Current emphasis is on preserving and collecting materials representing the Monterey County Free Libraries service areas, including: Aromas, Big Sur, Bradley, Carmel Valley, Castroville, Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, Marina, Pajaro, Parkfield, Pebble Beach, San Ardo, San Lucas, Seaside, Soledad and the other unincorporated areas of Monterey County. A sample of the photographic collection can be seen online at at Calisphere.

Information: Monterey County Free Libraries Administrative Office, 188 Seaside Circle, Marina, CA 93933

Phone: 831.755.7573

Days and Hours Open:

Monday – Friday by appointment

Contact Person:

Chris Ricker

Access: Open to the public for research by appointment only. Photocopy and digital reproduction services available for a fee. All materials to be used in the library only. Donations to the collection are considered or referred to the most appropriate local archive.

Identification of resources:

Resources:

Special Note: Contact the Seaside Branch Library system reference staff for general local history assistance. 831 899-2055.

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Monterey County Genealogy Society, Inc.

Monterey County Genealogy Society

Description: The Society’s Goals are to provide education, fellowship and support to its members and to the community of family history researchers both locally and throughout the world.

Information: Monterey County Genealogy Society Inc. P. O. Box 8144, Salinas, CA 93912-8144

Website: www.mocogenso.org

Access: Monthly meetings, with guest speakers and mini-workshops, are held on the First Thursday of each month except July at the Monterey Family History Center, corner of Noche Buena and Plumas, in Seaside, CA. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for socializing and research; meetings begin at 7 p.m. The library is open until 9 p.m. on meeting nights.

Identification of resources: MoCoGenSo offers a research service provided by qualified members to individuals looking for information that can be found in Monterey County, California records. Family Research project members will conduct up to a two hour search of local records, using the titles which will be most helpful in answering the specific inquiry. For this service, a donation is requested per name. Copies of birth, marriage, or death certificates may require an additional fee as set by the county. Forms are available on the web site.

Resources:

Special Note: N/A

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Monterey County Historical Society, Inc.

Monterey County Historical Society

Description: The five acre Boronda Adobe History Center is the site of the Jose Eusebio Boronda Adobe built in 1844, Historical Monument #870 refurnished by the Monterey Committee, National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in California to the period of the Boronda Family; the Lagunita One Room Schoolhouse originally built in 1897 moved to the Boronda Complex in 1986 from San Juan Grade Road facing Sugar Loaf Mountain in Salinas; the schoolhouse is completely restored to what it was in its prime;

the World War II Bataan Monument dedicated to the one hundred and five brave men of Company C 194th Tank Battalion of the Salinas and Pajaro Valleys who were captured in Luzon Philippine Islands by Japanese forces and marched in the Bataan Death March; the Filipino Farm labor Bunkhouse moved from Balestra Farms and donated to the Society by Bunn & Yuki families. Restored by the Filipino American National Historical Society (Monterey Bay Chapter) the building depicts the living conditions of Filipino farm laborers; the Robert B. Johnston Archival Vault the only such facility outside of universities on the Central California Coast (humidity and temperature controlled); an 1897 Williams Weeks House soon to be a house museum depicting lifestyles at the turn of the century; the first jailhouse of Salinas, a small wooden two cell jail; a square box 1930s home used for the Society's office.

Most importantly the Society is in the process of building a 12,400 square foot Agricultural Museum and Cultural Center along with a research library and community room, park with barbeque pit and gazebo.

Information: Monterey County Historical Society, Inc. Boronda Adobe History Center:

333 Boronda Road
Salinas, CA 93907

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 3576
Salinas, CA 93912

Phone: 831.757.8085

Days & Hours Open:

Boronda History Complex

Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Adobe

Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Researchers By Appointment Only
Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Contact Person:

Mona Gudgel
Executive Director

Access: N/A

Identification of resources: N/A

Resources:

Special Note: N/A

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Monterey Museum of Art

Monterey Museum of Art

Description: The Monterey Museum of Art inspires appreciation of the evolving California artistic legacy and expands a passion for the visual arts. The holdings of the Monterey Museum of Art encompasses several complementary collections, including Early California Painting (1875-1945); American Art (1875-1945); Contemporary Art (1945-present); Photography, and Asian Art.

Information:

Monterey Museum of Art-Pacific Street 559 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940

Phone: 831.372.5477

Monterey Museum of Art-La Mirada 720 Via Mirada, Monterey, CA 93940

Phone: 831.372.3689

Website: www.montereyart.org

Email: info@montereyart.org

Days and Hours Open

Monday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm /11:00 am - 8:00 pm at MMA La Mirada
Friday: 11:00 am. - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Sunday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm 

The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Independence Day.

Admission:
Adults: $10.00
Students and Active Military w/ID: Free
18 years and under: Free
Members: Free
NARM and AAM Members: Free
Bicyclists: 50% off on Thursday's w/bike helmet. Excludes special programs/events.

Access:

Museum archives are accessible to professional researchers, thesis and dissertation students and local historians by appointment only. The Museum library is open to the public during public hours, however all materials must be used at the museum and cannot be checked out. Reproduction and publication of archival material and collection photographs must be approved in writing by the Museum in advance. A fee schedule for rights and reproductions is available upon request.

Identification of resources: Museum archives are arranged alphabetically by artist name. However, indexes of archive and library holdings are not currently available.

Resources:

Special Note: The Museum’s important collection of early California paintings and works on paper celebrates the Monterey Peninsula’s legacy as an influential art colony. Spanning the period from 1875 until 1945, the notable holdings include the work of early pioneers such as Jules Tavernier and Raymond Dabb Yelland and notable Impressionists E. Charlton Fortune and Evelyn McCormick. The collection’s emphasis falls on works created during the decades of the 1920s and 1930s—a period defined as California Modernism—exemplified by artists such as Gottardo Piazzoni, Francis McComas and Margaret Bruton. Important gifts from the Ritschel Memorial Trust and Mr. and Mrs. Justin Dart have solidified the Museum’s standing as the major repository of the works of William F. Ritschel and Armin Hansen--two seminal artists who defined the legacy of California landscape painting.

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Monterey Peninsula College Library

Description: Monterey Peninsula College Library - The Archives and Special Collections Department. The Archives and Special Collections Department of Monterey Peninsula College Library (the Archives) supports the mission of the College and the Library by collecting, preserving, administering, and providing access to its holdings. The Archives strives to enhance instruction through presentation and use of archival materials in classroom or other institutional settings. The Archives strives to inform and educate the larger community through exhibits and presentations that expand public awareness of the value of preserving our cultural memory. Archival holdings include non-current institutional records of historic value, college publications, photographs and other items important to documenting the social and cultural heritage of the college. Special Collections houses a variety of material, including art and books, selected to help preserve the cultural heritage of the Monterey Peninsula.

Information: Monterey Peninsula College Library - The Archives and Special Collections Department. Library & Technology Center 980 Fremont Street Monterey, CA 93940

Website: www.mpc.edu/academics/library-learning-centers/library/archives-and-special-collections-department

Contact Person:

Denise Sallee
Archivist

Email: dsallee@mpc.edu

Phone: 831.646.4095

Access: Access is by appointment only. Please see website for all policies.

Identification of resources: Holdings at this time are not cataloged or available online.

Resources:

Special Note: Hollywood Studio Photographs dating from the 1930's to the 1950's; photographs by Edward Weston and Ansel Adams; one painting by Abel Warshawsky; the business records of Frances Adler Elkins;

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Monterey Public Library California History Room & Archives

Monterey Public Library
Photograph by Vern Fisher, Monterey Peninsula Herald

Description: The Monterey Public Library, a department of the City of Monterey, collects and preserves written, visual and audio materials documenting the history of the Monterey area. The Library’s California History Room and Archives is a resource center focusing on the communities of the Monterey coast from Big Sur and Carmel Valley to Moss Landing, and early California history. Since Monterey was the capital of Alta California, the collections emphasize California history to statehood. The collections also cover art, biography, family and community history, government and politics, and natural history.

Research room materials include books, magazines, pamphlets, journals and newsletters, videocassettes, newspapers and news clippings files, and other material documenting and illustrating various aspects of life in the Monterey area.

Archival research collections include photographs, drawings and maps, documents, and other archival materials. These materials are especially valuable for research by students, teachers, historians, genealogists, writers, local residents and other researchers.

Information: Monterey Public Library, 625 Pacific Street Monterey, CA 93940

Phone: 831.646.3741 or 831.646.3933

Email: copeland@monterey.org

Days and Hours Open:

Research Room:

Monday – Wednesday 12:00 noon – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Archival Research (Photo, etc.) by appointment

Contact Person:

Dennis Copeland
Museum, Cultural Arts, and Archives Manager

Access: The California History Room is available for use by registering at the Library’s Reference Desk. It is accessible during all hours that the Library is open. Appropriate identification (photo I.D. or a Monterey or Pacific Grove Library Card) and completion of the registration form is required. User must agree to comply with access and use rules. Archival materials (photos, etc.) require an appointment with the Archivist.

Copying equipment is available. U.S. copyright law governs reproduction and use of copyrighted materials. Materials on the open shelves or in the clipping files may be photocopies. Note: archival materials and locked case books must be copied by staff. Reproduction of archival materials (including photos) requires the completion of a permission form. The Archivist will arrange for all reproduction or copying of archival materials at designated fees.

History Volunteers are available on specified days to assist researchers.

Identification of resources:

  1. The Library catalog lists all books, pamphlets, microfilm and microfiche, and audiovisual materials. The catalog may be used in the Library or on the Library’s website: www.monterey.org/library or catalog: www.montereylibrary.org. The  catalog is shared with the Pacific Grove Public Library. It also is the book catalog for other local history collections, including Colton Hall Museum and the Mayo Hayes O’Donnell Library (see separate listing for these local history collections in this volume). To locate local history materials, go to “Search the Catalog”; limit your search by choosing “Local History.”
  2. Archival Collections. In 2005 the library began adding the Archival Collections of the California History Room to the PALS catalog. Maps have been listed individually. The clipping file is listed at the subject folder level. Other archival materials are listed at the collection level. Inventories of various collections are currently being added as the project progresses. Selected digital images of photographs, maps and documents from collections have also been added to the catalog.
  3. Newspapers and Magazines are listed at www.monterey.org/library/Reference/MagazinesandNewspapers.aspx. Ask the Reference Librarians or the Archivist.
  4. Card Catalogs for the Clipping File, Game and Gossip (magazine) and Monterey Life (magazine) are also available.

Resources:

Special Note: N/A

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Nacitone Regional Interpretive Center*

Lockwood Store, 1940s
Lockwood Store, 1940s.
Courtesy of the Nacitone Regional Interpretive Center

Description: A collection of artifacts and equipment that will demonstrate the daily farming, family habits, and survival of the multi-cultures of the 1800s and 1900s who lived in the canyons, plains, and caves of the San Antonio Valley Region. We have no file index available as yet. We do have 120 members who have items to donate when we have a museum or place to put them.

We will be doing a lot in the near future.

Information: Nacitone Regional Interpretive Center 2088 New Pleyto Road Bradley, CA 93426

Phone: 813.682.0128

Days and Hours Open:

Not yet ready. Our proposed building site is on Jolon Road in the Lockwood area.

Contact Person:

Lester Patterson III
President

Access: N/A

Identification of resources: N/A

Resources: N/A

Special Note: N/A

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National Steinbeck Center

John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck Courtesy of Pat Hathaway Collection of California Views, Monterey, CA

Description: The National Steinbeck Center [NSC]. Salinas, CA has a permanent exhibit hall relating to John Steinbeck, his times, life, works and family. Exhibits depict a specific work with descriptive panels, photographs and artifacts. The collection consists of Steinbeck material, local history pertaining to Steinbeck’s works. Agricultural items and material are about the Center. Steinbeck material covers worldwide events.

Information: NSC located One Main St., Salinas, Ca. 93901.

Website: www.steinbeck.org

Days and Hours Open:

Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Contact Person:

Debora Silguero
Curator of Exhibits & Collections

Phone: 831.775.4734

Colleen Bailey
Executive Director

Phone: 831.775.4724

Access: The volunteer archivist at NSC Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10-12 1-4:30. 831.775.3811. Appointments a MUST. Reprographic fee; sign-in sheet with particulars; usual copyright laws apply. All recordings must be used in site. Material will be pulled. This department does NOT write term papers.

Identification of resources: Holdings are NOT online. Printed catalogue of Salinas library holdings as of 1998 available. Present holdings have been catalogued and binders of these holdings printed. Holdings arranged by various categories. Holdings have been entered in PastPerfect program. Other databases will be transferred thereto. Inefficiently, much is in volunteer’s head

Resources:

Special Note: Manuscripts of The Pearl, The Wizard of Maine, War Journal; original letters.

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Naval Postgraduate School

Description: The Naval Postgraduate School provides graduate and executive programs for officers of all U.S. uniformed services, officers of about 50 allied nations and U.S. homeland security professionals. The university campus is the former site of historic Hotel Del Monte, predecessor of today’s Pebble Beach. Archival collections focus on NPS; two Navy commands that utilized Hotel Del Monte during World War II prior to the Navy’s purchase of the resort – Del Monte Pre-Flight School and Naval Technical School, Del Monte; Hotel Del Monte; a few specialized holdings such as the Yangtze River Patrol Collection; and rare books on naval and military history.

Information: Special Collections & Archives Dudley Knox Library Naval Postgraduate School 411 Dyer Rd. Monterey, CA 93943 Appointments are necessary, especially for general public access. 

Phone: 831.656.3346.

Website: www.nps.edu/Library/Services/Special%20Collections/SCA.html.

Email: speccoll@nps.edu

Access: Some historical documents are available online through the library’s institutional archive, Calhoun (http://calhoun.nps.edu/public/) however appointments for personal research visits are necessary to access rare books and archival records. In general, archival materials may be used in publications and productions without restrictions. The library does request appropriate credit for this use.

Identification of resources: The NPS archives does not yet have an online catalog however more than 30,000 NPS reports, technical reports, theses and dissertations have been digitized and are accessible through the library’s institutional archive, Calhoun (http://calhoun.nps.edu/public/). The library also offers an online guide to Hotel Del Monte history which includes downloadable documents at http://libguides.nps.edu/HotelDelMonte.

Resources:

Special Note: The Frederick S. Stanley Collection includes correspondence and mementos of his father, Carlos Stanley, who was Hotel Del Monte’s manager from 1915-1942. The manuscript collection of Richard W. Hamming includes scientific papers from 1947-1997 while the manuscript collection of Wayne P. Hughes includes class notes as an NPS student in the early 1950’s to published and unpublished works through 2012. Holdings in the Yangtze River Patrol Collection include the only known set of Yangtze River Patroller Newsletter (1976-1995). The USS Macon Collection includes historic photographs of the airship and its Sparrowhawk aircraft in flight as well as materials about the discovery of the Macon’s undersea debris field.

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Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Description: The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History's mission is to inspire discovery, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world. Although the primary focus of the Museum's collection is dedicated to California's central coast, the collection consists of ethnographic and natural history objects from around the world. Some highlights are Native American artifacts including a large basketry and pottery collection, A herbarium with plant specimens from Monterey and the surrounding counties, A collection of Bird specimens native to or seen in Monterey county, the C.K. Tuttle photography collection, and much of the original Chautauqua library. Most objects are from the late 19th century through the present, but there are also older objects including prehistoric items such as fossils, gems and minerals. The collection is an eclectic mix of materials brought to the Museum over the years by a science oriented, globetrotting local population.

Information: Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History 165 Forest Ave. Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Phone: 831.648.5716

Website: www.pgmuseum.org

Days and Hours Open:

Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Access: Access to the collection area is restricted, however researchers and students may be able to access certain objects and conduct research in the Museum's library by appointment and under the supervision of the Museum's Curator. Staff contact information is available online at http://www.pgmuseum.org/about-us#five Much of the Museum's photography collection can be viewed online: http://www.pgmuseum.org/photo-archives Digital copies and prints are also available. The Museum's use and reproduction policy can be found online as well: http://www.pgmuseum.org/photo-use-and-reproduction

Identification of resources: Currently the Museum's collection is cataloged in a PastPerfect database, as well as in a card catalog. Access to the collection catalog is restricted, however the Curator is happy to facilitate specific requests.

Resources:

Special Note: 452 Life mounted birds on display in the main gallery consist of birds native to Central California or have been seen in Central California. Herbarium consisting of 7,762 specimens from Monterey and surrounding counties.

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Pacific Grove Public Library

Pacific Grove Public Library

Description: Pacific Grove Public Library is a resource for historical information on the city of Pacific Grove and to a lesser extent, its surrounding regions.

Information: Pacific Grove Public Library 550 Central Avenue Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Phone: 831.648.5762

Website: www.pacificgrovelibrary.org

Email: dgodwin@cityofpacificgrove.org  

Days and Hours Open:

Monday 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Contact Person:

Diana Godwin

Access: All material is available during regular library hours. One photocopy machine is available. Circulating books may be checked out with a card from Pacific Grove or Monterey Public Library. Library cards are free of charge to residents of California. Proof of residency is required.

Identification of resources: Books are arranged by the Dewey Decimal System and can be located by using the library catalog, either from the library computers or on the Web. Clippings and pamphlets are indexed by subject in the local history card catalog. Photos are listed on a master list, but not catalogued by subject.

Resources:

Special Note: N/A

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Pajaro Valley Historical Association

Pajaro Valley Historical Association

Description: The Pajaro Valley Historical Association is located in the city of Watsonville. It was established in 1940. The primary objectives and purposes of this association are to: ?Promote interest in the history of the Pajaro Valley (which includes parts of Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties) ?Gather items pertaining to the history of the Pajaro Valley ?Preserve these items ?Create exhibits of historical items ?Interpret these exhibits for the general public and visitors ?Maintain our historic facilities and grounds.

Information: Location 332 East Beach St. Watsonville, CA Hours Tuesday-Thursday 11AM to 3PM Mailing Address: P.O. Box 623 Watsonville, CA 95077

Phone: 831.722.0305 Fax: 831.722.5501

Email: info@pajarovalleyhistory.org
Archive Coordinator: regan.huerta@pajarovalleyhistory.org
Office Manager: emmanuel.brion@pajarovalleyhistory.org

Website: www.pajarovalleyhistory.org

Access: Research appointments are preferred. Copying equipment is available. U.S. copyright law governs reproduction and use of copyrighted materials. Forms and fees will be required for reproductions. Student and member fees are discounted.

Identification of resources: There are inventories/indexes of all the various collections. Some of these indexes are available online at our website.

Resources:

Special Note: Special collections: local historical figures, Stagecoach driver Charley Parkhurst Architect William H. Weeks Judge and city founder John Watson Local historian Betty Lewis

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Pebble Beach Company Lagorio Archive*

Julian P. Graham photo of Pebble Beach Golf Links®
Julian P. Graham photo of Pebble Beach Golf Links®

Description: Pebble Beach Company has a rich and colorful heritage dating back to the opening of Hotel Del Monte in 1880. In addition to transforming the Monterey Peninsula into a destination resort area, the company was instrumental in developing Pacific Grove, as well as sections of Monterey, Carmel and Carmel Valley.

Over the past several years Pebble Beach Company has been organizing, cataloging and scanning images to bring order and accessibility to the tremendous resources within its Archive. In this regard, we are ever grateful to the many hours provided by Elmer and Elena Lagorio, for whom the Archive is named.

The Archive is a valuable asset for information and images. Its contents are valuable for research in a number of areas of interest including sports, arts and culture, people, events, and natural history. It includes many items that cannot be found anywhere else.

Information:

Pebble Beach Company
4005 Sunridge Road
Pebble Beach, CA 93953

Phone: 831.625.8447

Email: hotellin@pebblebeach.com

Contact Person:

Neal Hotelling
Historian and Director of Licensing pebblebeach.com

Access: Recognizing the need for some access for external research, Pebble Beach Company now allows limited access to the Pebble Beach Company Lagorio Archive by appointment only. One could spend weeks in the Archive without seeing everything. It is best to have a defined sense of an area of interest, as not all materials are stored on site. In many cases it may be quicker, more convenient, and more cost effective to request specific information. Staff can provide an estimate of time and cost for fulfilling most requests. Before contacting the Pebble Beach Company Lagorio Archive for access or information at a fee we encourage you to look into readily available sources of general information, which may answer your question or refine your request, either of which will save you time and money. Four of the most useful histories to compliment the Archive are:

Pebble Beach Golf Links: The Official History by PBC Historian Neal Hotelling (Sleeping Bear Press, 1999), includes a general history of the company with a focus on the development of Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance; 50th Anniversary edited by Kandace Hawkinson (Pebble Beach Company, 2000), includes essays by participants and key award winners in the first fifty years of the elite car show.

Pebble Beach Remembered edited by Art Evans (Photo Data Research, 2005), provides a history of the Pebble Beach Road Races of 1950-1956.

Pebble Beach: The Official Golf History by PBC Historian, Neal Hotelling (Triumph Books, 2009), includes a general history of the company, the development of each of the courses, and a focus on the national, state and regional golf championships played on the courses.

Archive Access (Fees subject to Change)

Inquiry for Staff Research $45 for each hour or fraction thereof
Access with PBC Historian $75 for each hour or fraction thereof

Output fees (in addition to research / access fees)

Photocopies / printed reports $2 per page
Image scans for publication $20 per image (see also use fees)

Photographic Reproductions (approximate size)
Digital 5 x 7 $25 not retouched
Digital 8 x 10 $40 not retouched
Photo 5 x 7 $45 not retouched
Photo 8 x 10 $60 not retouched

Special orders through Images of Pebble Beach with image enhancement
Priced according to Series plus $35 for image processing

Use fees for images from the Archive :

Editorial use in a magazine $100 for first image in the issue (up to 12 images) $50 each additional image in the issue

Editorial use in a book/video $100 for first image for the first three years (up to 12 images) $50 each additional image for the first three years

Annual renewal 50% of initial fee while book remains in production

Non-editorial use is subject to a commercial license

Identification of resources: N/A

Resources:

Special Note: N/A

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Presidio of Monterey Museum

Calvary in the Surf, 1935
Calvary in the Surf, 1935 by
Julian P. Graham

Description: Exhibits interpret the activities of the Presidio in terms of its relationship to and within the City of Monterey. Periods interpreted include:

- Native American

- Hispanic and

- American

Of particular interest is the modern American Period post 1902.

A variety of artifacts and other visual material is used to interpret the various periods. Included are a Spanish era cannon muzzle discovered on site, period American military uniforms; edged weapons; a 19th century rifle; a World War I era horn; music; a 1917 A1 machine gun; a mounted horse exhibit with interactive component; a DVD video of the Presidio 1938 to 1939; numerous photographs, some memorabilia, oral histories and period miniatures.

Information: Presidio of Monterey Museum Building 113 Corporal Ewing Boulevard Monterey, CA 93940

Phone: 831.646.3456

Mailing Address:

Museum & Cultural Arts Division- City of Monterey, Monterey, CA 93940

Days and Hours Open:

Monday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday - Closed
Thursday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Contact Person:

Dennis Copeland
Museum, Cultural Arts, and Archives Manager

Phone: 831.646.3741

Email: copeland@monterey.org

Access: The resource collection is available to qualified researchers. Space is limited and appointments are required.

Identification of resources: The exhibits can be explored in an historic contest chronologically. Other resource materials are available upon request from the volunteer guides.

Resources:

Special Note: N/A

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San Antonio Valley Historical Association

 The Dutton Hotel
The Dutton Hotel
Courtesy of the San Antonio Valley Historical Association

Description: The collection is stored in the Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum's archive room in the Irrigation Building at San Lorenzo Park, King City and at the King City Library. The collection contains approximately thirty oral history compact discs concerning the history of the area, along with several publications and papers on local history, and a collection of photographs.

Information: San Antonio Valley Historical Association P. O. Box 145 Lockwood, CA 93932

Contact Person:

Ann Beckett, President

Email: annkbeckett@yahoo.com

Access: Contact Ann Becket via email.

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Soledad Historical Society*


Soledad’s Catholic Church
Soledad’s Catholic Church built in 1857 and replaced in 1942.

Description: In 2009 the City of Soledad adopted a Historical Resources Ordinance and assembled a draft document titled, “Soledad Resource Inventory.” The Soledad Historical Society participated in the research for the projects which will be beneficial to both parties.

In 2010 the Society expects to be in a historical former commercial building that will be slowly turned into a City museum. The building, in the heart of town, was constructed in 1947 for use as an International Harvester farm equipment building with showroom. The Society’s plan is to roll a couple of vintage fire engines onto the showroom floor as a first stage of development. Under the lease agreement with the City, the Society will provide all improvements and maintenance with volunteers as credit towards eventual purchase of the building.

The Society is also in the process of nominating the building as a “Local Historic Resource” and having the City enter it into the City’s Historic Resource Registry.

Public interest supports our progress with the addition of two new Directors and by keeping our name and participation in community events in the forefront. Support has also come from County leaders and the Monterey County Historical Society.

Information: Soledad Historical Society, P.O. Box 593 Soledad, CA 93960

Phone: 831.678.8668

Contact Person:

Margaret Jacobsen

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Zena Holman Research Library*

Zena Holman Research Library

Description: The Zena Holman collection of approximately 3,000 rare books represents many years of selective gathering. The library contains many volumes of significant scholarly value. Focusing primarily on California history, the collection also includes early English and American literature and works by Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, and Shakespeare. California authors such as Robinson Jeffers are represented, as are limited editions of northern California presses.

Information:
Zena Holman Research Library William Penn Mott Jr.,
Training Center
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Asilomar Conference Grounds
P.O. Box 699
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Phone: 831.649.2956

Days and Hours Open:

Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
By Appointment Only

Contact Person:

Tina Williams
Training Center Manager

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