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Sierra Madre Historical Archives Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Chronology
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sierra Madre historical archives collection
    Dates: 1848-Present
    Bulk Dates: 1907-1939
    Collection number: consult repository
    Creator: Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society
    Creator: Sierra Madre Public Library
    Collection Size: approximately 1,202.7 linear feet and 10 map case drawers
    Repository: Sierra Madre Historical Archives Sierra Madre Public Library
    Sierra Madre, CA 91024
    Abstract: The Sierra Madre Historical Archives collects, preserves, and provides access to a variety of materials that tell the Sierra Madre story: photographs, slides, postcards, scrapbooks, city directories, maps, letters, periodicals, posters, works of art, sound recordings, moving images, and ephemera. The collection's subject area strengths include San Gabriel Mountain resorts accessible via local trails and Sierra Madre art and artists.
    Physical location: California Room, Sierra Madre Public Library
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection is open for research. Please contact the Archives to schedule an appointment.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright restrictions may apply. All requests for permission to publish, quote, or reproduce materials from the Collection should be submitted to the Associate Librarian-Archival Collection. A copy of the work in which collection materials are published must be donated to the Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], 1848-Present, Sierra Madre historical archives collection, consult repository, Courtesy of the Sierra Madre Historical Archives, Sierra Madre, California.


    The collection is added to on an ongoing basis as materials are donated by community members, local organizations, former residents, and those connected to Sierra Madre’s history.

    Biography / Administrative History

    The Sierra Madre Historical Society began collecting local history materials in 1931. In 1981, the Jameson Sierra Madre Room was added to the Sierra Madre Public Library in order to house the rare books, California books, and archival collections assembled by the Sierra Madre Historical Society. In 1991, the Preservation Society of Sierra Madre joined with the Historical Society to form the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society. In 1999, the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society entered into a formal agreement with the Sierra Madre Public Library to share ownership of the Sierra Madre Historical Archives.


    The oldest materials in the collection are from 1848. Materials are donated to the collection on an ongoing basis.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection is composed of a wide variety of formats including: architectural drawings, artist files, artworks, audio recordings, books, cultural artifacts, diaries, journals, personal papers, digital files, directories, ephemera, moving images, institutional records, manuscripts, maps, memorabilia, microfiche and microfilm, newspaper clippings, newspapers, official records, oral histories, photographs, postcards, printed works, prints and posters, rare books, serials, slides, and statistical data. The collection covers the Sierra Madre and San Gabriel Mountains regions. Subject areas include artistic communities, businesses, clubs and social organizations, church and religious organizations, community service organizations, education, health care and retirement, horticulture and gardening, library history, natural disasters, people, politics and government, transportation, wistaria vine, and veterans.


    Materials have been organized into broad subject categories. Materials within a given category have been arranged in alphabetical order. Items within folders are generally arranged in chronological order.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Sierra Madre (Calif.)
    Sierra Madre (Calif.)--History.
    San Gabriel Mountains (Calif.)
    Tournament of Roses
    Sierra Madre Community Nursery School
    Sierra Madre Historical Society
    Sierra Madre Oral History Project
    Sierra Madre Public Library
    Sierra Madre Civic Club
    Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team
    Thompson, Wandalee, 1914-2004
    Randall, Paula
    Dewey, Alfred James
    McCarthy, John Russell