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Guide to the Santa Monica Image Archives
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Santa Monica Image Archives
    Dates: 1875-present
    Bulk Dates: 1875-1959
    Collection number: Consult repository.
    Collector: Santa Monica Public Library
    Collection Size: Approximately 5,000 images available online.
    Repository: Santa Monica Public Library
    Santa Monica, California 90401
    Abstract: The collection illustrates the history of the Santa Monica Bay Area from 1875 to the present day with historical photographs, slides, postcards and other visual records.
    Physical location: Santa Monica Public Library Main Library.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    The Digital Collection is available to all. Original images are in archival storage and have no public access.

    Publication Rights

    The Library's Digital Collections are intended for personal, research, scholarly and educational purposes. Permission to use or reproduce the images and other contents must be obtained from the Santa Monica Public Library. The Library assumes no responsibility for the improper use of any content from the Digital Collections.

    Preferred Citation

    Santa Monica Image Archives, Imagine Santa Monica Digital Local History Collection, Santa Monica Public Library.

    Acquisition Information

    Images were donated to the library from both public and private collections.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection illustrates the history of the Santa Monica Bay Area from 1875 to the present day with historical photographs, postcards and other images including views of the City and its landscape, the Santa Monica Pier, Palisades Park, historic buildings, beaches, Douglas Aircraft and the Southern Pacific Railroad, Venice, Topanga, and Malibu.


    By accession.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Santa Monica (Calif.)
    Santa Monica Canyon (Los Angeles County, Calif.)
    Santa Monica Pier (Santa Monica, Calif.)
    Santa Monica Public Library
    Douglas Aircraft Company
    Southern Pacific Railroad Company
    Venice (Los Angeles, Calif.)