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Monterey County Free Libraries Local History Photograph and Document Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication/Reproduction Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Project Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Monterey County Free Libraries local history photograph and document collection
    Dates: Circa 1890s to 1970s
    Collection number: Consult library
    Collector: Monterey County Free Libraries (Calif.)
    Collector: Slevin, L. S. (Louis Stanislas), 1878-1945
    Collector: Albert and Alzora Snyder family
    Collector: Randall, Welcome
    Collection Size: 200 items including photographs, postcards and printed ephemera Online items available
    Repository: Monterey County Free Libraries
    Marina, CA 93933
    Abstract: Monterey County Free Libraries' local history collection consists of books, photographs, maps, and documents on the history of Monterey County and California from the 1890s to 1970s. The collection offers historical interpretation of Monterey County and its role in California history. Digitized images in the collection include photographs, postcards, and documents of people, places, and buildings including libraries and librarians, schools, missions, industries (whaling, salt, and agricultural) in Aromas, Big Sur, Carmel, Gonzales, Jolon, Monterey, Moss Landing, Seaside, Pacific Grove, Salinas, Seaside, Soledad, Spreckles, and more. Of particular interest are photographs of the first county librarian, Anne Hadden, delivering library service on horseback to Big Sur, and photographs of farm labor camps in Monterey County circa 1960s.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English
    Digitized collection materials available online.

    Access

    The collection is open for research by appointment only. Contact Monterey County Free Libraries' Administrative Office for further information.

    Publication/Reproduction Rights

    Property rights reside with Monterey County Free Libraries. Copyright of some materials is retained by the creators of the records. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Monterey County Free Libraries' Administrative Office.

    Preferred Citation

    Monterey County Free Libraries local history photograph and document collection. Monterey County Free Libraries, Marina, CA 93933

    Acquisition Information

    Monterey County Free Libraries created this collection from donations by L.S. Slevin in the early 1900s, the Albert and Alzora Snyder family, 2009, and from the archives of Monterey County Free Libraries collected by librarians, 1912-present.

    Project Information

    These materials were assembled and digitized as part of the California Local History Digital Resources Project, supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered in California by the State Librarian.

    Biography/Administrative History

    L. S. (Louis Stanislas) Slevin, a California native, came to Carmel in 1903 and photographed the whole of Monterey County from Big Sur to the Pinnacles National Monument. He left a history of the area in both prints and postcards.
    Albert and Alzora Snyder were local historians for the town of Aromas which is located in the northern end of Monterey County. They left their extensive photograph and clipping collection from the 1920-1930s to the Aromas Branch of Monterey County Free Libraries.
    Welcome Randall and William Crigler, sanitarians for Monterey County, photographed and documented the condition of farm labor camps in Monterey County circa the 1960s.
    Monterey County Free Libraries has a large local history collection of books, maps, photographs, postcards, brochures, letters, and newspaper clippings dating from the 1890s.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Monterey County Free Libraries' local history collection consists of books, photographs, maps, and documents on the history of Monterey County and California from the 1890s to 1970s. The collection offers historical interpretation of Monterey County and its role in California history. Digitized images in the collection include photographs, postcards, and documents of people, places, and buildings including libraries and librarians, schools, missions, industries (whaling, salt, and agricultural) in Aromas, Big Sur, Carmel, Gonzales, Jolon, Monterey, Moss Landing, Seaside, Pacific Grove, Salinas, Seaside, Soledad, Spreckles, and more. Of particular interest are photographs of the first county librarian, Anne Hadden, delivering library service on horseback to Big Sur, and photographs of farm labor camps in Monterey County circa 1960s.
    Format is primarily black-and-white photographs and documents, with color photographs of the farm labor camps. The photographs document life and industry in early Monterey County. Of particular interest are photos taken by noted photographer L.S. Slevin showing the lifestyle, buildings, and people of the Monterey County area in the early 1900s, early Monterey County Free Libraries history and service by horseback, and Monterey County farm labor camps from the 1960s era.
    Items were selected from a wide range of photograph collections housed at the Monterey County Free Libraries' Administrative Office and the Aromas Branch of Monterey County Free Libraries. The photos are indexed on a database at the administrative offices. Consult the library for more information.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection.

    Names and Places

    Hadden, Anne
    Maybeck, Bernard
    Onesimo, Manual
    Snyder, Albert
    Aromas (Calif.)
    Monterey (Calif.)
    Monterey County (Calif.)
    Salinas (Calif.)

    Topics

    Agricultural plants--California--Monterey County
    Apricots--Monterey County--California
    Buildings--California--Monterey County
    Chinese fishing village--California--Monterey County
    Librarians--California--Monterey County
    Libraries--California--Monterey County
    Mexican labor camps--California
    Migrant agricultural laborers--California
    Missions--California--Monterey County

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Brochures
    Letters
    Photographic prints
    Postcards